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Local artist donates work to festival

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Local artist, James "White Feather" Hayse, has designed a special sculpture for the "Old West Fest and Milling Days" scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11. The new festival was created for people to enjoy the old west events while raising awareness for the community's bridge rebuilding efforts.

Hayse's one-of-a-kind original iron-work design depicts the 137-year old Bridgeton Bridge before its destruction by arson in April.

"I grew up around the Cataract Falls area and love the covered bridge there. So when the one at Bridgeton was destroyed it really touched me. I wanted to do something to help them in their rebuilding efforts," Hayse said. "I will be there during the festival, displaying my western themed art and donating a percentage of my sales during the festival to the rebuilding efforts."

Event organizers are uncertain whether the sculpture, which is valued between $400 and $600, will be part of a raffle or an auction to raise money.

"We're still looking for large western items for the auction," Bridgeton Grist Mill owner and event organizer Mike Roe told The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon. "The committee that is organizing the auction has done a great job, but we're not sure we have enough items yet to support an auction."

Donations needed for the charity auction include:

- Antiques and collectibles from the late 1800s

- Western memorabilia

- Anything related to the Old West time period

"I'd like to encourage all the local artists in the area to donate something as well," Hayse said. "The covered bridges keep the towns alive where they are located. People come from miles around to visit, tour and photograph these bridges. It

Local artist, James "White Feather" Hayse, has designed a special sculpture for the "Old West Fest and Milling Days" scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11. The new festival was created for people to enjoy the old west events while raising awareness for the community's bridge rebuilding efforts.

Hayse's one-of-a-kind original iron-work design depicts the 137-year old Bridgeton Bridge before its destruction by arson in April.

"I grew up around the Cataract Falls area and love the covered bridge there. So when the one at Bridgeton was destroyed it really touched me. I wanted to do something to help them in their rebuilding efforts," Hayse said. "I will be there during the festival, displaying my western themed art and donating a percentage of my sales during the festival to the rebuilding efforts."

Event organizers are uncertain whether the sculpture, which is valued between $400 and $600, will be part of a raffle or an auction to raise money.

"We're still looking for large western items for the auction," Bridgeton Grist Mill owner and event organizer Mike Roe told The Brazil Times Wednesday afternoon. "The committee that is organizing the auction has done a great job, but we're not sure we have enough items yet to support an auction."

Donations needed for the charity auction include:

- Antiques and collectibles from the late 1800s

- Western memorabilia

- Anything related to the Old West time period

"I'd like to encourage all the local artists in the area to donate something as well," Hayse said. "The covered bridges keep the towns alive where they are located. People come from miles around to visit, tour and photograph these bridges. It needs to be rebuilt."

Those interested in donating an item for the auction or raffle should contact Mike Roe at 765-548-0106 or 812-877-9550, Brett Erwood at 765-548-0511 or 812-878-2913, or the local Brazil coordinator Melinda Sheese at 448-8752.



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