Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 2, 2012

Pair partners in art

Women share Pendleton studio as well as family life

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — With the fall season in full swing and winter coming on, some of the artists at the Pendleton Art Center are gearing up with seasonal items for sale.

The featured artists of the month for November share a studio and produce different kinds and styles of art.

Marcia Vanover, who began decorative painting in the 1970s, calls her business The Painted Gift. She paints furniture, pieces of slate, lamps – most everything is a canvas for her. She got her start with a gold medalist decorative painter. For the last 30-plus years, she has taught decorative painting and still offers one-on-one instruction. She also sells her wares at festivals and recently won an award at the Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande.

In the studio with The Painted Gift is Ole Biddies’ Beads, consisting of Vicki McGuire and Patty Strother who create jewelry using a variety of beads. Vanover and McGuire have shared a studio since 2004; Strother joined McGuire in the bead business about two years.

McGuire developed an interest in jewelry making when her grandson was diagnosed with a serious illness.

“My daughter told me to pick something that I thought I’d be interested in,” she said. “It’s stressful and my daughter thought I needed something to do as an outlet.”

Vanover and McGuire became friends after Vanover’s son and McGuire’s daughter dated and married.

Not only do they share a studio, but they travel together for fun and to scout materials for their creations.

“We were friends right off the bat,” McGuire said. “The kids weren’t sure what to think about it.”

It’s a good arrangement for them, as their husbands aren’t interested in the kids of road trips they take, not only buying art supplies but meeting new people and seeing new sights.

Strother joined McGuire in jewelry making and the two named their business as they did, McGuire said, because they had traded and received Maxine greeting cards for many years and decided the “old biddy” sentiment of those cards was a good description of their personalities.

As featured artists, The Painted Gift will feature an assortment of items decorated in autumn, winter and Christmas themes. Ole Biddies’ Beads will feature earring and necklace sets as well as beads and sliding bead bracelets.

Also during tonight’s art walk:

‰Dulcimer music will be featured at the Pendleton.

‰The exhibit “Earth and Sky,” photography by Jeff Ball, will continue at The 1414 Gallery at TSHD Architects at 1414 Winchester Ave.

‰Featured artist for November at The Upstairs Gallery will be printmaker Kimmie Bryant of Barboursville. Guitar music and poetry readings will be provided by Brian Brown of Paintsville.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.