Downtown Pocahontas exhibit will be new adventure for artist

by Dee Blansett

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – Dee Blansett is a little nervous about Thursday evening’s “Stroll The Square” at The Gallery in Pocahontas.

For the first time in her life, she will be showing her talent off to the public in the form of her fiber artistry.

“I have been crocheting since I was three,” Blansett said. “My Grandmother Griffith taught me. I taught myself to knit during the summer. I’ve never shown my work before.”

Blansett is one of two artists, along with her friend, Candice Milhausen, to be featured at the14523246_10154664758872941_3399514758144921697_n event. Milhausen is a bead artist from Cherokee Village who has been working for over 21 years on her craft of bead artistry. Her favorites are bracelets, hair bows and peyote stitching. According to her, anytime spent beading is time well spent.

Blansett, a long time Pocahontas resident and former school teacher, is a fiber artist. Just recently, she taught herself to knit, and has made several beautiful creations.

“I love art of all mediums,” Blansett said. “I draw, sew, knit, crochet.”

And while Blansett loves art, she truly appreciates the feeling creating art gives her and she believes it is never too late to pick up a new talent.

“I’d say it makes me happy,” Blansett said. “I like the feel of the fibers and seeing a finished product. I love seeing it enjoyed by the new owner. I am taking it a step further by learning to spin fiber and then weave.

The artwork of these two ladies will be shown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at The Gallery, 103 North Marr Street on The Historic Square, Pocahontas. Those with questions can call 870-910-0918.

The event is located on Facebook at this link.

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