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Children turn out in droves for Easter Seals fundraiser

For an artisans’ show and sale, a lot of children attended Saturday’s second annual Easter Seals Artisans Day Fundraiser.

David White, administrator of the Easter Seals West Central Alabama Rehabilitation Center, said the organizers planned the fundraiser that way.

“The biggest thing we do is to have the kids involved,” White said. “Yes, it’s a fundraiser where the adults will come in and buy something. But we get the kids involved.

“Who knows?” he said. “We might have another Charlie Lucas here.

Charlie Lucas, known internationally as “The Tin Man,” demonstrated how to create a sculpture by twisting wire and cable. Class members made suggestions or gave inspiration for the final product.

Lucas, who said he started his craft in 1987, credited with his great-grandfather with starting his creative thinking.

“I have been making toys since I was 4,” Lucas said. “My great-grandfather was a basket weaver and a gunsmith, and my mom was a quilt maker, so I had a lot of influences.”

Vernon Spicer led a group through making pasta designs by using preprinted forms, glue, pasta, beans and loose sand.

Spicer produces three-dimensional framed artwork of buildings, houses, churches and bridges with pasta. His artwork is on the Internet at www.vernonspastacreations.com.

Other specialty items at the fundraiser Saturday were quilts, baskets, jewelry and monogrammed pieces.