Behind The Scenes With The Southern Handcraft Society: An Interview With Pam Warren

The Southern Handcraft Society (SHS) has five extremely active groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The Rickie Report asked Caren Hackman to investigate the history and current status of SHS.  We include her interview with Pam Warren, President of the Delray Beach Pineapple Grove Chapter and photos.  SHS is a wonderful arts organization to get involved with, be it the camaraderie, learning new techniques, or being able to sell your creations. SHS presents high quality crafted items, which often become family heirlooms, to be passed to the next generation.  Anyone interested in preserving, enriching, and trying creative crafts is welcome to attend a monthly meeting to see if this is the organization for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes 

Southern Handcraft Society With Caren Hackman:

 

 

 

 

 

TRR:  Tell our readers how SHS came into being.

PW:

The Southern Handcraft Society was founded in January of 1985.  The founder, Laura Kluvo (also known as Laura “glue gun” Kluvo)* had envisioned fellow-minded crafters who would be educated through preserving and enriching creative crafts. Currently there are five groups in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, totaling about 190 members who meet once a month each. 

 

Rustic board and two examples of the fairy doors designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

TRR:  How did you get involved in crafting, and in particular with the Southern Handcraft Society?

 

 

PW:

Ever since I was a little kid I have enjoyed making things.  I would make paper dolls and their clothes as a gift for my younger sister.  Then, in Girl Scouts, my favorite badge to earn was “the dabbler”.  It included sewing, painting, gluing and miscellaneous other “skills”. As an adult, crafting primarily involved sewing.  I took a class at a quilt shop called “shadow quilting”.  The teacher was Laura Kluvo and she asked me to join a group of ladies she was organizing into a crafting “club”. This was 1985 and the beginning of the Southern Handcraft Society (SHS).

 

 

A woman who organized large craft shows contacted Laura. The woman needed help to run the shows. The first show was held in a model home in the newly developed Woodfield Hunt Club division in Boca Raton. We all had things (mostly Christmas ornaments) for sale in the show.  Within a couple of years that group of thirteen ladies had grown and totally assumed the running of the craft show. As it happened, I was the first chairman of our own show and by then we had moved the show to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton.

 

 

Somewhere along the way I took a painting class and was totally hooked on painting. I have had a wonderful time learning and then sharing what I learned by teaching classes.  I made it a point that as each of my two grandchildren turn three years old, I would start teaching them to paint with me. This is a part of what S.H.S. is about…we want to enhance our various fields of crafts and our enthusiasm to be creative with others.

 

 

S.H.S. has grown to five chapters in the Broward and Palm Beach County areas.  Each of our chapters produces at least one large craft show annually; some have more than one show a year.  Chapter members, as well as outside artists are juried into the shows.  We are intent on presenting high quality crafted items.  Each chapter, through the shows, creates the opportunity for us to sell our crafts.  We, also enjoy social times and learning experiences at our meetings and at an annual retreat.

 

 

Witch doll and owl pot holders made by Judy Jensen; Ghosts on small gourds, designed and painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

TRR:  Can you tell us some stories from the early days with SHS?

Pam:

 

At the  first show SHS put on, so many of the ornaments sold that member Maureen Hitch and I sat on the floor in the inventory room  making more ornaments as quickly as we could in order to keep up with the demand!

 

Delray’s Pineapple Grove, the Delray chapter, took road trips during which members would work on crafts together. About 20-25 women went on one of our early trips to a hotel in Daytona Beach. The hotel welcomed the crafters and set up tables in the lobby for them. All of the SHS members plugged in their glue guns and began to work on projects. Apparently we over-taxed the electrical system in the hotel and all of the lights went out….but the hotel took this in stride and asked us  to stagger our use of the glue guns.

 

 

 

TRR:  Do you keep up with current style trends to keep your craft items relevant to today’s home décor?

Pam:

 

Yes! As styles change, the Southern Handcraft Society keeps up with the popularity of interior and collectable trends.

 

Paintings of lighthouses and an orchid on wine bottles painted by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

Caren: What is trending now? 

Pam:

Items that are utilitarian. No dust collectors. People don’t want to just purchase items to decorate their home. They are looking for unique utilitarian items such as piggy banks, decorative plates…items that are practical and unique. I enjoy taking classes from other crafters to discover new creative ideas. The fun of it is hunting for new surfaces to convert to “something else.”

 

 

Many people can’t get to the beach, but like to bring the “beachy” feeling into their home. SHS keeps track of color trends. The paint company, Deco-Art Americana, offers one and two minute demonstrations of the newest trending colors being used.  

 

 

*Laura K taught a certain technique of quilting, but earned her name “glue gun” while showing how to put together ornaments. A touch of glue here, a touch of glue there and voila, the perfect ornament. She took great joy in spreading her love of crafts and hoped to share it with everyone.

 

Unfortunately, crafts “manufactured” in China are making inroads into the handcrafter work so the group makes an effort to stay one step ahead.

 

 

 

 

Nautical Santa with tree and shells created by Pam Warren

 

 

 

 

 

Caren: What sort of craft items are you currently working on?

Pam:

I pretty much paint on anything that doesn’t move – wood, metal, glass and fabric. I have tried to paint on plastic, but am not happy with the current paints and how they bond to the plastic surfaces. There is such a broad spectrum of plastic compositions and not all paints work with all plastics. I’m working on items for holiday craft shows. I’m not sure how many people realize that Christmas preparation begins in April for items that sell in October and November!

 

 

Currently, I enjoy painting cigar boxes, lighthouses on wine bottles, fan blades that are painted like giraffes. I have also had a great response to decorative table-top containers that I make by painting small discarded drawers and adding feet.

 

I’ve had a great response to my painted wooden bowls. I like to add a few tiny bugs painted on the inside.  Flamingoes, nautical and beach themed items are all popular. Pam painted a 24” high Santa dressed in a rain slicker with a lobster coming out of a pocket, red crab on shoulder, holding a small X-mas tree decorated with seashells.

 

 

 

 

  Two snowmen on candlesticks crated by Judy Jensen and a Santa painted by Pam Warren

 

 

For more information about SHS activities and membership contact:

 

 

Pam Warren: pjrawarren@msn.com

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

 

 

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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Southern Handcraft Society Boca Chapter’s “Holiday Harvest 2017” Changes Location, Offers Affordable Handmade Gifts For All

The Boca Raton Chapter of the Southern Handcraft Society announces a NEW LOCATION for  “HOLIDAY HARVEST 2017”.  The public is invited and it is FREE TO ATTEND.  Shop and meet the artists and artisans who create affordable handmade gifts that are heirloom worthy.  Friday, October 6th, with evening hours and Saturday, October 7th at the Boca Raton Community Center will be filled with gifts for all ages and occasions.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some photos from last year’s event.

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY
Boca Raton Chapter
Presents

“HOLIDAY HARVEST 2017”

Friday, October 6th – 1:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 7th – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

NEW LOCATION!!!

Same great artists – Free admission

Boca Raton Community Center

150 Crawford Blvd.   Boca Raton, FL

(East of I-95 Just North of the corner of Palmetto
Park Rd. and Crawford Blvd).

Free Admission

Free Parking

 

Most vendors will accept cash or check only

 

SHS meets on the first Monday of the month (excluding September and December) at 7PM at Patch Reef Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. Enjoy the yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “make it and take it”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

“Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED”!

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. “We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more! Talent, camaraderie and fun is what makes a great group even better”!

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

For more information:

www.shsboca.com

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Boca Raton Southern Handcraft Society Welcomes You To The Monthly Meeting And Announces Fall Craft Show

Do you LOVE to craft?  Do you WANT to learn? Would you like to MEET other crafters?  Then the SOUTHERN HANDCRAFT SOCIETY is ready for you! Boca Raton is the “Mother” chapter with four other local chapters in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.  Everyone is invited to attend a  monthly meeting as a guest to find out more.  The Rickie Report shares this information plus the details and sneak peeks of “Holiday Harvest 2016”, on October 7th and 8th at the Train Depot.  Admission is FREE  and Open To The Public!

 

 

 

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BOCA  RATON  CHAPTER

INVITES YOU:

 

“HOLIDAY    HARVEST    2016”

 

Friday, October 7   4-8 pm

Saturday, October 8   9 am – 2 pm

FREE    ADMISSION

747 S. Dixie Highway   Boca Raton

(The Train Depot)

 

 

 

 

 

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SHS meets on the first Monday of the month (excluding September and December) at 7PM at Patch Reef Park Community Center, 2000 W.Yamato Rd.( just west of Military Trail), Boca Raton, FL 33431. Enjoy the yummy desserts and snacks at each meeting as well as show and tell, demonstrations, lectures, “make it and take it”, gift drawings, Pot luck dinners, an annual retreat and much more! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

 

 

“Our purpose is to support and enhance the interests, talents and abilities of our members as well as making new friends. Our goals are to provide educational opportunities, preserve and enrich creative arts, stimulate public awareness of the creative arts and provide group sponsored social activities. Our variety of talent, ladies and crafts are second to none and totally awesome! YOU ARE INVITED”!

 

 

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

 

 

 

The Boca Chapter has 3 local, juried craft shows a year to participate in, along with the other chapters offering their own shows once a year for the holiday season. All the shows are decorated by members and admission is always free. “We craft a variety of handmade quilts, jewelry, soap making, greeting cards and paper gifts, yummy food treats, wood gifts, hand painted ornaments and gifts, home decor and much more! Talent, camaraderie and fun is what makes a great group even better”!

 

SHS Boca Harvest Festival

 

 

 

 

For more information:

www.shsboca.com

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Jupiter Harvest Fest Returns With Live Entertainment, Food, Free Kids Activities And Crafts

Jupiter’s Harvest Fest Returns for the Third Year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk.  This is a FREE, Fun, Family event to help start off the “season” with some traditional Fall foods, live entertainment, free kids activities and handmade craft vendors.  The Rickie Report shares the details of the live music, vendors, donut eating contest, games, pumpkin patch and more!  Don’t miss the Opening Reception of the Jupiter Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 2nd.  More details here.

 

 

 

 

 

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JUPITER HARVEST FEST

SATURDAY, OCT. 3rd

1 – 6 pm

Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk

(U.S. 1   Jupiter, FL)

 

 

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Jupiter’s Harvest Fest Returns for the Third Year on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. Harvest Fest is held under the bridge at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk. This is a free, fun, family event to help start off the “season” with some traditional fall foods, live entertainment, free kids activities and handmade craft vendors.

 

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Harvest Fest Donut-Eating Contest

 

 

 

OVERVIEW OF EVENTS:

  • Live music by the Warren Silver’s Band
  • Wild Roses Line Dancing Team to perform at 1:30  pm
  • Free kid’s activities
  • Games
  • Face painting
  • Live farm animal petting corral
  • Local vendors selling handmade crafted items
  • Donut-eating Contest for kids and adults at 3:15pm (sign up on site) (Donuts supplied by the Jupiter Donut Factory)
  • Dunk tank
  • Pumpkin patch  (sponsored by the Jupiter High School Criminal Justice Academy)
  • Great food and beer from local vendors.

 

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Vendors and Kids Activities

 

 

Link to more info:

http://www.jupiter.fl.us/index.aspx?nid=677

 

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Live Petting Zoo

 

Town of Jupiter Art Gallery Opening

 

 

Opening Reception:

Friday, October 2nd     6 – 7:30 pm

Exhibit runs through Nov. 20th

 200 Military Trail   Jupiter, FL

Free and Open to the Public

Children Are Welcome

Join us for the opening of the first Fall exhibition on October 2nd, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Exhibition runs from October 2 – November 20, 2015 at the Jupiter Community Center and will feature photography from the Lighthouse Camera Club and Paintings from the North County Art Association & jewelry by Linda Koehler. Opening is free and open to the public. Children are welcome. For more information call 561-741-2400.

 

 

Link to more information:

Jupiter Community Center Art Gallery

 

 

If you are interested in sponsoring an event,or want more information, 

please contact Jennifer Chaparro at 561-741-2365

 

 

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