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Artisan Day - April 25, 2009 - Photo story

The MHSS sponsored this annual day to give people an opportunity to see what excellent artisans we have in our Mennonite community. The $2.00 admission fee and the light lunch offered were a fund-raiser for MHSS).

24 Artisans set up their displays in the large, comfortable meeting room in the Bethany Manor Fellowship Centre, at 110 LaRonge Road, in Saskatoon, on Saturday, April 25. Some worked together on the same display. They showed their work from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and answered visitors' questions about their handiwork. Some were able to make some sales too.

We present here a photo story tour of the displays for those who were not able to be there. The photographer was Jack Driedger. (You may need to give this page a few minutes to load all the photos).

Henry Zacharias of Bradwell, SK. does ornamental metal work. This is a unique planter.

needlepoint sampler

A needlepoint sampler by LuAnna Dueck, Saskatoon.

Another needlepoint piece by LuAnna Dueck, done in warm golden colours.

Another needlepoint in golden colours

a butterfly in white

A butterfly in whites, by LuAnna Dueck.

Musical Instruments, by Randy Letkeman, Martensville, SK.

Musical instruments by Randy Letkeman

Arts and Beauty in Rita Klein

Rita Klein, Hepburn, SK., produced all this art and beauty in fabrics.

Bonnie Ratzlaff, Blaine Lake, SK., made these quilts and the braided rugs. Lovely quilts and braided rugs by Bonnie Ratzlaff.

needlepoint work by Bertha Thiessen, Waldheim

Needlepoint work by Bertha Thiessen, Waldheim, SK.
Helen Fast, Saskatoon, SK., demonstrating and showing her Bunka embroidery.

Helen Fast, Saskatoon, demonstrating and showign her Bunka embroidery
wood-carvings by Harry and Don Penner, mostly birds

Brothers, Harry Penner, Rosthern, and Don Penner, Saskatoon, show in this and the next five photos, their beautifully wood-carved animals, mostly birds.
A table full of carefully wood-carved animals and birds.

a table full of carefully wood-carved animals and birds
a bird carving in close up

A bird carving close up.
A Canada Goose.

a Canada goose
a mallard duck in swimming mode

A mallard duck in swimming mode.
A blue heron looks very life-like too.

a blue heron looks very life like too
Jean Fehr, photographer

Jean Fehr, Saskatoon, does fine photography and shows them framed handsomely, and some as cards.
Denise Epp, Estevan, SK., does very unique photography and creates digital compositions of prairie elevators. Fascinating pictures!

Fascinating digital compositions with photography by Denise Epp, Estevan
Bob Bartel's photographs of vivid garden flowers

Bob Bartel, Waldheim, SK., shows his photographs of vivid garden flowers.
Harry Harder, Waldheim, SK., does very fine "turned" woodwork.

Harry Harder, Waldeheim, SK., does very fine turned woodwork
Mary Janzen, Saskatoon, brought her needle works

Mary Janzen, Saskatoon, brought her needle works.
Gloria McCoy and Edna Prepstupa are sisters from the North Battleford area. Together with their mother, Mary Harms, of Bethany Manor, they displayed family stories of Life Journeys from Russia to Canada very attractively in scrapbooks.

Gloria McCoy and Edna Prepstupa are sisters from the North Battleford area. Together with their mother, Mary Harms

A display of knitting projects done by Esther Berg, Saskatoon, and by Susie Neufeld, Saskatoon.

Unfortunately, we've discovered that we have no photos of some displays. Our apologies to;
Alma Archer, Norma Rempel, and Elizabeth Bergen, all of Saskatoon, who had art work displays.
Lois Klassen, Saskatoon, had a display of her pottery.
Elsie Zacharias, Bethany, had a quilting display.

Special thanks are expressed to Eileen Quiring, Waldheim, who has organized this third Artisan Day (and the first two as well). They have been scheduled for every other year. In the intervening time, Eileen watches for news of more artisans and asks if they would come show their work.

Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan

Room 900 - 110 La Ronge Road,
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 7H8
Archive Hours: Monday: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. & by appointment on Wed. evening.