The residents of Penney Retirement Community are well-known not just for their years of service to others, but also for the large number of incredibly talented artists and craftsmen. For the 69th year, residents of Penney offered a large variety of arts and crafts for sale.
Among the works offered this year were a series of hand-turned bowls created by 2017 Featured Artist Fred Pratt. Pratt, a John C. Campbell Folks School alumni, will demonstrate how he transforms fallen trees from the campus into beautiful bowls.
“Penney Retirement Community is a working Christian community, a place where people really care about one another,” said Pinna Arnold, a Penney resident who manages the Arts & Crafts Fair along with Marjory Hollowell. “God’s love and care are represented by the welcoming angel that will greet visitors who come to the sale. Here at Penney Retirement Community, we translate the love of God into action all year round.”
The beautiful outdoor campus featured a number of themed areas to peruse, each offering different kinds of arts or crafts for sale, including a new category of handcrafted furniture and home accessories. In addition, the Coffee Shop offered free pie or cinnamon rolls and coffee throughout the day.
Visitors were able to get a photo portrait with their pet at the Frame Shop, and visit the Railroad Station to see the elaborate miniature railroad in action. The weaving studio had demonstrations by the weavers and offered hand-woven items for sale.
“Our Arts & Crafts Fair is a place where people can experience a glimpse of how working together reflects God’s love. We hope they will leave inspired to see that God’s love nurtures the creativity in us all, and that the world is a better place because of that,” Arnold said.
Here are some of the beautiful hand-made items that were for sale.