Thursday, August 09, 2007

Time Out for an OFTA program on Jewelry Making

Last Wednesday's OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) program at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL featured hand blown glass jewelry creator Wendy Allaman. A crowd of almost forty listened intently to the story of how Allaman got started making glass artifacts and about how the making of art melded with her own religious faith. They leaned in even more intently when she touched a match to her torch and began to create some lovely beads from simple rods of colored glass right before our eyes.

Allaman has a studio in a picture perfect little log cabin on a country road just outside of Monmouth and a visit there will get you a nice country drive as well as delightful displays of miniature blown glass vessels, ornaments, lampwork beads, and a large variety of handmade blown glass earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. She will also take orders for custom pieces for weddings and other special occasions.

Her shop and studio will be open from 9-4 on September 29th for the Henderson County Heritage Trail. You may also call 309-627-2057 to make an appointment for a visit.

OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM in the main gallery of the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth. Admission is free and refreshments are available. Programs vary and cover all of the visual and performing arts. OFTA is supported by a grant from the Buchanan Center and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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