By Millie Drum
Consider the handwork in our daily lives - in our homes, office, public places, even in the way we dress. Original hand-crafted items are not only enduring and beautiful, they contribute to our economy and characterize the foundation of our nation's history. That is quite an impressive statement. Equally impressive for admirers of art and handwork is FINE CRAFT at Studios on the Park, representing the finest craftspeople in class, wearable art/fiber, metal, wood, jewelry, and textiles. Proprietress Lisa Stromsoe says, "My focus is on American individually crafted items that are only available through small galleries and fine craft shows. Better yet, our items are made by craftsmen that make a living by preserving and reinventing our traditional crafts. Many beautiful handmade items are affordably priced from $50 to $100 and there will be public education through exhibits and private DVD screenings."
To expend the significance of FINE CRAFT and its contribution to art lovers, Lisa's husband Randy Stromsoe, a down-to-earth man described as a Master Silversmith, will exhibit at the studio. Randy's mentor was third-generation master silversmith Porter Blanchard. Randy's work is exhibited in the Smithsonian, the Vatican and at the White House. During Reagan's administration, Randy was commissioned to create gifts that t were presented to dignitaries worldwide and 639 communion bowls and a chalice for Pope John Paul. While Randy still spends countless hours of hammering and polishing silver' catching up on last years' commissions in his large Highway 46 West farmhouse/studio, a small workbench will bring him to Paso with Lisa on Friday and Saturday late afternoon and evenings.
FINE CRAFT at Studios on the Park opens at noon Thursday through Sunday across from the City Park at 1130 Pine Street.