Rocking A Scholarship bazaar benefits students

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— Hayden artist Lana McFadden was able to afford college because of a scholarship, and she wants to make sure other young artists have that same opportunity.

Last year, Hayden High School graduate Kyle Monger was awarded the Rocking A Scholarship to pursue the performing arts, and next spring, if Rocking A can raise the $1,000 it needs, another student will be given the same stepping stone.

Friday marked the first day of the Rocking A Scholarship Fine Arts and Crafts Bazaar. Proceeds from booth fees and raffle tickets will go toward filling the scholarship coffers.

This is the second year for the bazaar. Local artists brought a Walnut Street vacant building to life on Friday, selling everything from candles to clothes to handmade Christmas decorations. The bazaar continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

It's a rare chance to see the creativity of Hayden's residents, artists who usually send their work to Aspen, Vail and Steamboat Springs or load it in a van and drive to craft fairs far from home.

Bridget O'Rourke and partner Barry Gaugler opened Joyful Image Turned Art, a woodworking business, in September 2001.

"It was always our dream to have a shop," O'Rourke said. On the corner of Washington and Walnut in Hayden, O'Rourke and Gaugler turn aspen wood on a lathe and slowly transform fallen stumps into bowls, lamps and containers. As the wood spins and O'Rourke carves, a shape emerges as if she is uncovering what was always there underneath the surface of the wood.

They send their work to shops in ski towns, to craft fairs, and soon they will have an address on the Web.

Next to the Joyful Image booth, Hayden glass blower Brad Smith is selling handmade pendants, bracelets, window decorations and goblets. His round pendants are each their own world. Dye and glass mix into ocean and mountain scenes.

"I get compliments every time I wear one," said his wife, Ginger Smith.

Brad Smith will be opening a store this December in Steamboat's Franklin Mall.

Any visitors who want to contribute to the Rocking A Scholarship fund can buy a $10 raffle ticket and have the chance to win original art by Hayden artists a handwoven shawl by Lauretta Davidson, a leathercrafted purse by Jean Olson or a pastel print called "The Hunt" by McFadden. $1 door prize tickets are also for sale and all proceeds benefit the scholarship.

At 2 p.m. today, visitors can take a break from shopping and bowl with a frozen turkey on Walnut Street.

McFadden will set up bowling pins across the street from the bazaar and anyone who wants to donate to the scholarship fund will have a chance to plow the pins down with a sliding turkey.

The Hayden Mercantile donated a ham to the winner of the Turkey Bowl.

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