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6/20/2013 3:00:00 PM
'Everyday Art' features weekend of demonstrations, classes

The domestic arts were once common, practiced by everyday people - but are now considered the work of artisans.

A unique two-day event, "Everyday Art, 1820-1860", will honor the past and engage visitors in a variety of hands-on experiences here in Switzerland County in the rural settings of the Thiebaud farmstead and Musee de Venoge in an atmosphere of the period.

'Everyday Art' will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 5 p.m.

Experts will present public talks and demonstrations on the domestic arts of the 19th Century. Topics include: flax and weaving, sheep to cloth; soap making; and herbs: culinary, medicinal and household.

Talks on clothing include: "From Underwear to Outer Wear" and "Made at Home or Mass-Produced, Clothing in the 1850s-1860s". Trades demonstrated will include coopering and daguerreotype photography.

The public talks and demonstrations are free, with donations appreciated.


Classes are being offered on a variety of topics and require advance registration and a fee to cover materials and instruction. Each class will provide an overview of the art, hands-on instruction and an example to take home.

Classes at Venoge include pottery, hearth cooking (1820s), theorem painting, plain and fancy stitching, flat and ornamental plastering, pin pricked frakturs, making an open wooden box, and bake oven baking of breads and pies.  

Classes at the Thiebaud house include hearth cooking (1860s), weaving a market basket, and hand-sewing projects to make a "housewife" sewing kit, a chatelaine and a crazy quilt pincushion.

'Everyday Art' offers the opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions and enjoy yourself in two historic settings. Musee de Venoge is one of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture that once characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County.

Explore history in this French-Swiss cottage at 111 State Road 129, west of Vevay on Highway 129 off of Highway 56.

The Thiebaud farmstead, a project of the Switzerland County Historical Society, is located at 5147 East State Road 56, three miles west of Vevay. The two-story Greek Revival house was built by Justi and Mary Thiebaud for their family of ten children in the late 1850s. The house is restored to reflect life up to 1865.

For detailed information about 'Everyday Art' visit: www.venoge.org or call (812) 593-5726; or visit www.switzcomuseums.org or call 427-3560.

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