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Craftmakers sell wares at library

- ajames@newsobserver.com
Classic books tranformed into coat hangers, and birdhouses, among many other crafts will be for sale at the library on Valentine's Day to benefit local artists as well as a raffle with proceeds benefitting the summer reading program.
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- ajames@newsobserver.com

CLAYTON -- There are already hearts in the windows of the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library where there will be a special Valentine’s Day event this year, for the first year ever.

Library Director Christie Starnes is organizing the event, which is bringing together local artists from around town. So far, seven artists have signed up to sell handmade goods, from jewelry to paintings,at the event, which will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

One of the handmade items includes a coat hanger that is mounted to a classic book with an elegant cover. The same artist made a birdhouse out of books. A different artist made painted wine bottles filled with lights that glow and have the appearance of brightly colored stained glass.

Each of the artists will have a table where they will be selling their crafts. There will also be a raffle drawing for the chance to win items donated by local businesses, including a $50 spa package, and a $50 specially designed pillow from Clayton Chiropractor, and gift cards to local restaurants,as well as other items. A local flute player will serenade the guests.

Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the summer reading program at the library that starts in June.All of the proceeds from the craft fair will go directly to the artists.

“I wanted to be able to give the artists a space to sell their work and make money,”said Starnes. She said she envisions couples stopping by the library before heading out to eat at a restaurant downtown.

There will be classic novels, newer titles, and romance novels wrapped up in brown paper, and given away for free at the event, with a card asking the recipient to review the book if they’d like.

The event is one way to try to bring more artists to Clayton, as well as to support local artists, and bring together the community, Starnes said. This is the inaugural year of the Valentine’s event and she wants to continue having it each year. Starnes hopes to invite craftmakers who sell their goods at the Handmade Market in Raleigh and eventually invite larger bands to play at the event. The library did not spend any money hosting the event. It is free and open to the public.

James: 919-553-7234

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