The various talents of artisans across the area were highlighted on Friday evening as the Laurel County Public Library hosted an Art Walk featuring local crafters and artists.

From wired and beaded jewelry to paintings and woodworking, the wide realm of handiwork gave visitors uncountable options to watch excellence in action.

Approximately two dozen vendors were on hand to display their goods and talents with face-to-face contact with the public, with many demonstrating and explaining their techniques to those stopping by their booths.

Earlene Vance provided music for the evening, playing favorites such as "You've Got a Friend," "The Rose," and "Nadia's Theme" which is the soundtrack theme for Emmy-winning daytime drama, "The Young and Restless".

Richard Adams did a hands-on demonstration of his woodworking techniques, bringing the machine that smooths the shaped wooden items into the finished product.

Artist Teresa Day has branched her artistic talents from paintings to handcrafted wired jewelry as well as leather bound journals, while her sister, Phyllis Miller, had a variety of stained glass products displayed during Friday's gathering.

Twyla and Lonnie Money, well known local crafters, also participated in the Art Walk, bringing a colorful display of their wood working items.

The sole display of quilts spoke for itself with the highly detailed and intricate designs of Debbie Lee James - a display that brought nearly every visitor to her booth to get a closer look.

David Paddick from Whitley County also set up a display, but spent his down time carving yet another piece for his display. Paddick said he attended last year's Art Walk and was invited to participate this year.

Robert Whitenburg traveled from Greenville, Tennessee to display his paintings - but had an ulterior motive in his journey.

"My daughter lives here in London, so we get to visit her too," he said.

All artisans participating in this year's event were impressed by the talents of other vendors, with Paddick and Whitenburg both commenting on the variety of items.

"There are some very talented people in this area," Whitenburg said.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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