HUNTERSVILLE – It’s not everywhere that Lake Norman residents can find coat racks crafted from wine barrels that have absorbed the oak musk of their former use.
Yet Peggy Sevigny said such coat racks and other eye-catching sights like refinished antique furniture are commonplace at the bi-annual Corner Art Crawl.
“Those coat racks are big hits,” she said. “People have bought them for wedding gifts. It’s kind of weird to see the red wine behind it.”
Sevigny, who owns Timeless Treasures in Huntersville and is helping to organize the art crawl, said it is held twice a year in the fall and spring. Roughly 2,200 people shopped at the event’s vendor booths as the leaves began to turn last year.
Event sponsors include Café 100, Timeless Treasures and Lupie’s Café as well as Nationwide Financial Network and D’sara Variedades.
“I was excited by how many people would just pull over, park and walk around,” Sevigny said. “They wanted to see what the commotion was downtown.”
So far, 31 vendors have signed up representing the worlds of floral arrangement, pottery, painting, jewelry, woodwork and glass mosaics.
“The artists are local people, from around Huntersville, Mooresville and Cornelius,” she said. “And it’s all carefully designed around town hall and in and around businesses.”
Finding children’s paper wreaths made of old church hymnals, antler headdresses for Christmas time or an artist who can modernize your old ancestral photos, redesigning them as charcoal drawings, are normal occurrences at the crawl, said Sevigny.
She noted that before-and-after photos will accompany the refinished and freshly painted antiques like vanities, tables and beds to show the restoration process.
“This way, people can see the transformations,” Sevigny said. “This is yesterday’s furniture brought to today’s color.”
Patricia Hooten, a potter who has perfected her craft over the last 35 years, most looks forward to talking to shoppers when she exhibits her work at the event.
She said presses wildflowers and leaves into the outside of her clay pots before they go into the kiln to give them a unique appeal.
It’s the second firing, according to Hooten, that petrifies a piece, making it water-tight and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Deb Hill, who works at Café 100 and is also organizing this spring’s crawl, said Discovery Place Kids will have outdoor activities for children while their parents shop. Last fall the young artists pulled together to paint a large canvas in abstract style.
Café 100 and Lupie’s Café will offer food tents at the event, serving chili, hotdogs and hamburgers among other snacks.
“Discovery Zone makes kids feel good and knows there’s something for them too,” Sevigny said. “It’s great for kids and adults at all levels. It’s a wonderful afternoon.”