By Devin Swift
Chemeketa expressed its creative side May 9 in its Spring Craft fair.
The craft fair in the new Quad had booths from local craft vendors, students, and staff.
The fair began at 8 a.m., and anyone could buy pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, shirts, belts, and more until 4 p.m.
Art Gwinup, the adviser of the Ceramic’s Club, the organizers of the event, said, “One of our goals is to bring art to the school to let students and staff be exposed to art.”
Carolyn Guthrie, who does graphics for Chemeketa staff, said, “It’s fun for me to be here as part of the staff and because I enjoy interacting with both staff and students.”
The American Sign Language club hosted a barbeque to fundraise at the craft fair.
Club member Katy Bigs said, “It’s a beautiful day to have an event, and it’s a very good way to get people familiar with sign language on campus.”
Student-grown plants from Chemeketa’s greenhouse greeted everyone as they entered the fair from Bldg. 2.
Gail Grendler, the instructor for the Horticulture Program, said, “These plant sales are critical for us because we use the profits to supply our greenhouses.
“We really appreciate the support of the Chemeketa community in purchasing the plants.”
Plants will continue to be sold out of the greenhouse through all of May and into June. The greenhouse is located by the East Campus Loop, next to the Brown parking lot.
Vendors such as Rudy Garcia, from Rudy’s Custom Leather, are experts at making their crafts. Garcia has been making wallets, bracelets, belts, and similar items for 35 years. A first-year student, Jannette Dejesus, who purchased a custom bracelet, said, “I like it a lot because I got to design it with music notes and stars.”
Ruth Drewery, a Chemeketa pottery student who was selling her handmade mugs and bowls, said, “I take pottery classes in Bldg. 5, and I have been taking classes since 2003.”
Aden and Ruth Nisly, who have been selling wood crafts since 1994, said, “We are having a good time. It’s great to come out and support Chemeketa Community College.”