Terre Vin Winery and 20 local artists will be collaborating this weekend to present the first Bridgeton 1887 House Art and Wine Fair.
The Bridgeton 1887 House Art and Wine Fair is Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 am to noon. The Bridgeton Mill, Ye Olde Covered Bridge Shoppe and Bridgeton Country Store will be open as well.
Among local artists will be Brazil's own Stephen and Carolyn Phillips. The couple met in an art class at Indiana State University where they were both art majors. Carolyn was an art education major with an emphasis in jewelry design and silver smithing and Stephen was studying sculpture and painting.
Carolyn pursued a career in art education and has been an art teacher for 31 years; 27 in Clay County teaching ceramics, computer graphics, and 2-D art. She also has exhibits throughout Indiana at galleries and shops in New Harmony, Arts Illiana in Terre Haute, and the John Waldron Art Center in Bloomington. For 23 years, Stephen has been manufacturing, building, and selling over 100 geodesic dome homes. He also makes intricate and unique hand-cut metal garden sculptures.
For the past 30 years, Carolyn has made and sold jewelry and has sold her wares in local art fairs throughout Ind. for the past 10 years. The combined talents of Stephen and Carolyn have produced Studio 47. Some of their pieces include metal jewelry similar to Stephen's metal garden sculptures, that the couple describes as vintage metal character pins. Carolyn also makes hand-sewn, hand-painted pins donning charms, beads, and semi-precious stones known as No-Worries Dolls. No-worries is an Australian expression that means someone is doing fine. The pins are designed to bring smiles to the faces of others with their whimsical appearance. She also makes silver jewelry and a line of earthy designs that are an assemblage of beads, charms, and semi-precious stones.
The Phillips' dream is to one day have their own shop to carry their creative designs.
"I have always been 3-dimensional oriented and it intrigues me to design a piece of art that someone can wear," Carolyn says about why she enjoys making jewelry.