On Easter weekend, Crater Rock Museum’s Marketing Coordinator, Pam Sasseen along with President and Show Chair, Jami Walkins, radiated with delight at the sizable turnout. Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Show had launched its 58th annual event.
At one table, Shady Cove resident, Barbara Jacobsen, introduced visitors to the exquisite art form called Intarsia. Her work booth in one Central Point Scenic Middle School gym featured a glass-framed display of completed objects. Jacobsen’s current work-in-progress resembled a high-quality picture puzzle with perfectly-fitting pieces painstakingly assembled employing unique, time-consuming techniques. “These aren’t painted,” she said, estimating that this project would require about a year to complete. By comparison, Jacobsen’s intricate mosaic creations sitting on the same work surface seemed almost like child’s play for her.
Also investing energy toward making the Crater Rock Museum-sponsored show successful, Barbara’s spouse Bob Jacobsen staffed the ticket table and greeted arrivals. (Well-known locally for his devotion to vintage WW II Army Vehicles, Bob also donates time and versatile skills to the VA’s Camp White Museum.)
But on March 30, another of the more than two-dozen vender attractions arrayed within Scenic School’s spacious gyms, showcased breathtaking sparklers labeled “Herkimer Diamonds.” Actually Dolomite quartz crystal stones, these rare gems have been unearthed only within a thirty-mile patch of Herkimer Village, New York, (pop. 7,743.)
Upper Rogue resident, Rosalie G., who’s attended the Gem and Mineral exhibit for the past five years said she’s continually found something new to admire at each show. Visitor Kristin R., expressed amazement at the amount of deeply-hidden beauty the planet Earth yields.
Silversmith/lapidary artist, Wendy Gardener, and Jason Bazen, conducted a silent auction to raise money for various workshops routinely held at nearby Crater Rock Museum. There its members can come to use tools and equipment their artistic tasks require. To secure permission for their turn at that membership benefit, they first phone Crater Rock at (541)-664-6081.
Among other eye-catching displays, some triggered memories of an old song titled, “Hearts Made of Stone.” A lovely array of rock pendants bore the shapes of crosses, animals, or hearts. According to venders, some crosses and tiny critters came hand-carved from Peru. Marble turtles made in Pakistan flanked artistic stone creations from Brazil.
Other craft forms included scrimshaw, beads, fire opals, lab-grown bismuth, polished rocks ranging in size from marbles to bowling balls, Native Tribal arrowheads, and more.
Raffles, door prizes, plus informative lectures added to the family fun among guests, from tots to great grandparents.
The Crater Rock Museum welcomes visitors and new members. For information on hours, admission costs, upcoming events, or opportunities to rent meeting rooms, please phone (541)-664-6081, or check their website http://www.craterrock.com/ .
By F. C. Blake