Saturday, November 17, 2001
Hayden Promising young artists at Hayden High School might be the unlikely recipients of a new holiday tradition in Hayden.
Lana McFadden, owner of Porcupine Design in Hayden, organized a Christmas bazaar for Dec. 8 and 9 to draw attention to the arts.
A seasonal arts and crafts fair would bring the community together at a time when unity is so essential, she said.
But more important, she said, the proceeds would go to establishing a scholarship program for high school seniors to pursue their interests in visual arts, dance and music.
"We need to present the idea that it's OK to pursue the arts, and it doesn't seem like the awareness is really there in our community," McFadden said. "There are a lot of talented and creative people, but the school doesn't always have the means to promote it."
She said she hoped appreciation for the arts would spread from the students to adults by giving young people the opportunity to realize a career as an artist or musician or performer.
McFadden benefited from a full scholarship to a fine arts college, a break she said should come along for everyone who finds his or her taste tends toward what is not always logical.
"Not all students are right brained," she said. "They are not all analytical."
Providing students with more opportunities in school to dabble in the arts would go a long way toward promoting awareness, she suggested.
"Maybe we can present more that the arts is one way to go after graduation," McFadden said. "Launching this fund will help this effort."
The holiday bazaar will feature some of McFadden's own works, as well as other artists in her gallery.
Dana and Pete Stimmel, who own Hayden Consignments, donated the vacant building that stands beside McFadden's business on Walnut Street for additional space for artists.
"It's an empty building, and they were trying to get something started," Dana Stimmel said. "We think it's a great thing to happen in Hayden."
Crafters from other art shows have been contacted, and several crafters will be showing their work at the bazaar.
The money they spend to rent space in the Stimmels' building will go toward the scholarship fund, McFarland said.
The bazaar will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. Visitors can expect Santa, hot cider, music and special exhibitions, such as a glass-blowing demonstration.
Although plans for the holiday bazaar came together so late in the year, McFarland said she is satisfied in knowing she at least tried to give the community an excuse to come together to support the arts and support those who might pursue them.