Carolina Christmas Bazaar returns this weekend
For years, Thomasville’s Gail Myers found herself merely admiring stained-glass creations.
Now, she makes them herself.
“I just always liked the look of stained glass,” Myers says. “I had always admired it and wanted to learn how to do it. So I searched for a long time until I found a class (through Guilford Technical Community College) and took it, and I loved it. I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Eleven years later, she’s on the other side of the glass, with the public admiring her creations. This weekend, for example, she’ll be one of the more popular exhibitors at the annual Carolina Christmas Bazaar, taking place Saturday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Approximately 75 exhibitors – most of them local artisans – will be on hand for the annual bazaar, selling everything from pottery, soaps and sculpture to photography, jewelry and ornaments. There also will be food for sale, as well as a silent auction, and all proceeds will benefit local and global missions.
Myers will be participating in her fourth Carolina Christmas Bazaar, an event where she says she’s done well. Her booth will feature a wide variety of her creations, from suncatchers and Christmas ornaments to night-lights featuring the logos of college athletic teams, including North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State and others.
“I love the look of the stained glass,” says Myers, whose work also is sold at The Soap Lady boutique in Jamestown. “When the sunlight shines through the glass, showing the different textures and the bright colors, it’s just a real eye-catcher.”
Working in her “studio” – better known as her kitchen – Myers will spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of days working on an individual piece, depending on how big it is and how much detail it requires.
“There are a lot of steps involved,” she says. “You’ve got to cut the glass, smooth the edges, finish the edges, put it together, solder it together, polish it, and then you’ve got to get the rings on there to hang it. It’s a detailed process – it’s not something you just sit down and do in 30 minutes.”
And it’s not easy, Myers adds.
“You break a lot of glass and cut a lot of fingers,” she says. “But I enjoy it. It’s a great stress-reliever.”
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The Carolina Christmas Bazaar will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive.
The event will feature about 75 arts and crafts vendors; a cafe and bake sale by United Methodist Women; a sausage biscuit and muffin breakfast; a sandwich, hot dogs and soup lunch, with homemade desserts; and a silent auction.
Gift-wrapping will be available for a donation.
Proceeds will benefit local and global missions.
For more information, including a list of exhibitors, visit www.wesleymemorial.org and click on “Carolina Christmas Bazaar.”