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|Putting Pen to Paper at Art in the Park
|Mother nature couldn't have drawn a more perfect portrait at an annual event in downtown Galesburg Saturday -- unless she was using a pen.
Ideal weather conditions brought hundreds to Standish Park for "Art in the Park" -- an event put on by the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Around three-dozen different artists ranging from those doing photographs to those doing metal and woodwork each had their items available for sale.
One of the more unique displays came from Dale Fincher of Fort Madison Iowa.
"I make all kinds of hand-crafted wooden pens and acrylics," Fincher said.
Fincher buys pieces of wood, along with the pens themselves, crafts designs for the pens, and then sells them.
Fincher tells WGIL it's something he really got into as he was nearing retirement.
"I worked 35 years for Dial Corporation. I was in maintenance and a small machinist," Fincher said. "I've been doing this for a long time. I just wanted something to do with a small hobby when I retired, but I actually started it before I retired."
Fincher says each type of pen can take up to an hour and a half to make, and he's had orders from around the world. One Chicago company, he says, will order hundreds at a time from him.
It's Fincher's second year at Art in the Park. He says he loves coming to the event and to Galesburg -- a place he used to visit more often when he had family here.
To see photos from this year's Art in the Park, CLICK HERE.
(Dale Fincher's hand-crafted pens were on display Saturday during Art in the Park. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson)
|09 08 12 by Newsroom
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