Switzerland County to host 'Everyday Art' this weekend
Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:00 AM
Two Switzerland County historic locations will hold public art demonstrations and classes on June 22 and 23.
The Saturday and Sunday event will focus on artwork popular between 1820 and 1860 at the Thiebaud Farmstead and Musee de Venoge home. There will be no charge for the public talks and ongoing demonstrations, but there is a charge for the classes.
The events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Each class will give an overview of the art, hands-on instruction and example to take home. There will also be scheduled talks on related subjects and ongoing demonstrations.
Saturday classes at Venoge, 111 State Road 129, Vevay, will include pottery, hearth cooking, theorem painting, plain and fancy stitching and flat plastering and ornamental work. On Sunday, classes at Venoge will include bread and pie baking, pin-pricked frakturs (working with leather) and a demonstration on how to make an open wooden box.
At the Thiebaud Farmstead, 5147 East State Road 56, Saturday class topics include: Sewing a housewife kit, market basket, hearth cooking and creating, while Sunday will include houskeeper's chatelaine, hearth cooking and crazy quilt pincushion.
Class prices at both sites begin at $25. Classes can be booked and paid by contacting the Switzerland County Historical Society at (812) 427-3560 or (812) 593-5726.
The Venoge home is of the few remaining examples of French colonial architecture that once characterized the first settlement of Switzerland County.
The Thiebaud Farmstead is a two-story frame Greek Revival house built in the 1850s by Justin and Mary Thiebaud for their family of 10 children.