Roy Bontrager has lived in the Hocking Hills area for more than 46 years. He was a medical professional in the area, but has turned to woodworking, woodturning, and woodcrafts as his second and best loved avocation.
All of his work is custom-made, and he is now receiving more requests to do wood-turned and handcrafted pieces using multiple combinations of woods. He especially enjoys making heirloom and personal items. Currently his greatest requests are for Christmas ornaments, personal items and Cross-like pens.
Roy works with over 20 native Ohio woods and more than 25 exotic or imported woods from South America, Israel, India, Australia and Africa. All of his work can have names personally engraved and, in some cases, additional art work.
Dave Brimner is a native of Logan, Ohio and developed a love of drawing at an early age. He began selling pen and ink sketches in 1997 and has sold hundreds of sketches and prints nationwide. Many of his sketches are of plants and animals native to the Hocking Valley but also include, old barns, gristmills, covered bridges and light houses. He also does sketches by request such as old homesteads or historic buildings. Call for prices.
Diana has made jewelry since she was 19 years old. Macramé was her specialty, and she still makes those pieces. Her first sale was at the HHACA Show at the Armory in 1977. She decided to join the club four years ago, where she received the Living Treasures Award in 2010. Diana's passion is working with wood, glass, bone, stone beads and leather. Last year she started wire wrapping stones for necklaces, earrings and bracelets. One of a kind and special orders are taken and similar pieces can be ordered for special occasions and weddings.
Waldena Hendrix is a pine needle artist. She lives near Laurelville, Ohio, nestled on the edge of the Hocking Hills. She creates decorative and unique baskets, vessels, containers and jewelry through the ancient and tedious art of coiling pine needles. Her work incorporates wood, pottery, found objects and more to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
James and Suzanne are artists who live and work on their 80-acre farm near Ash Cave State Park. Together they search their woods for suitable downed and dead trees. James dries and turns the wood on a lathe. Suzanne paints images of the farm's flora and fauna on the bowls. The bowls provide an artistic, natural touch to a home's decor.
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Melissa Green Krygier - Photography and Photoartistry
Melissa Green Krygier lives in Hide-A-Way Hills, Ohio near the Hocking Hills area, and as a result, she specializes in nature photography. She also enjoys taking photographs of far-off places, interesting faces, unusual spaces, and, of course, epicurious delights. In addition, she restores old, yellowed, and/or damaged family photos and develops custom websites featuring her photography.
Audrey Martin is a glass artist residing in the Hocking Hills Region of Southeastern Ohio. She uses glass to create unique pieces in both the traditional stained glass technique and kiln-fired fused glass techniques to form decorative windows and functional art.
Rebecca learned to knit when she was 11 years old along with a number of other family members, and she hasn't stopped since. To this day, her family gets together for knitting parties. She finds that knitting is relaxing and she enjoys the challenge of learning new patterns. Since she just retired recently from her real job, she is hoping to participate in more art shows in the area. She is also happy to take custom orders.
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Yvonne joined HHACA in May 1976 (club organized in 1973). Yvonne attended adult education classes in painting at Logan High School in 1976. Her favorite oils & acrylics style is landscapes. Yvonne has had artwork purchased as far away as New Zealand, New York and across the United States. In 1998 Yvonne received the Living Treasure Award. She served as HHACA Treasurer twice for a total of twelve years. "All in all, a very rewarding and endless journey."
Diane Welch calls herself a certified jewelry nut. From beaded and woven jewelry to necklaces to bracelets to earrings, she loves them all. She became interested in jewelry-making in 2012 when she and her daughter came across a large display of beads in a department store. Vivid and sparkling, the beads were mesmerizing. Thirty minutes later, they walked out of the store with $65 less in each of their pockets, but they were anxious to see what they could create with the new beads and elastic cord.
Through trial and error, Diane created stretch bracelets. They were fun and easy, but she wanted to expand her creativity and learn more difficult techniques. She took a class on bead weaving and made her first creation using needle and thread. She had no idea what she was doing as the directions made no sense to her, but she kept at it. Eventually, she found jewelry-making videos on YouTube that opened up all sorts of new possibilities.
She quickly learned that she needed a larger supplier of beads than what she could find locally, so she searched and found a wholesale bead company online. Soon, she was rolling in beads, watching videos and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry. Today, she purchases only Swarovski crystals for all of her bead-weaving projects.
She is proud of the fact that she is self-taught. Color is important in all of her creations, and she uses varying sizes and shapes of glass beads to create multiple layered necklaces and bracelets. However, her passion is bead weaving. She loves creating new styles of bracelets using new and different beads, and then making the same thing in different colors.
Diane specializes in bracelets making stretch, charm, woven, and beaded bracelets in all wrist sizes. She makes a lot in the local school colors of purple and white, or Ohio State’s scarlet and grey; she just needs to know your wrist size. Special orders are always welcome.
Spirit Williams is an internationally known artist happily residing in the Hocking Hills. She creates sculptures in relief, in the round, and in overlays and semi-relief. She uses native wood to create sculptures of portraits, wildlife, birds, and architectural details like doors and mantels.
Wren Valley Truffles is nestled in a lovely valley deep in the heart of the Hocking Hills. The chocolatier creates artisan blends of rich American couverture chocolates paired with fragrant spices, nuts, florals, herbs and liqueurs. Locally sourced ingredients which come from family farms, orchards, dairies, apiaries, distilleries and sugar groves make her truffles both unique and exceptionally delicious. Visit Wrenvalleytruffles.com for beautiful locations.
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