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Irrigon Library showcases local crafters

The Irrigon Library hosted a craft bazaar and bake sale Friday and Saturday.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on November 3, 2018 8:02PM

Last changed on November 5, 2018 2:07PM

Ruby Perches-Ball of Hermiston sells soaps at the Friends of Irrigon Library bazaar.

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Ruby Perches-Ball of Hermiston sells soaps at the Friends of Irrigon Library bazaar.

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Kathy Dill Spears shows off her paintings at the Friends of Irrigon Library bazaar.

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Kathy Dill Spears shows off her paintings at the Friends of Irrigon Library bazaar.

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Local crafts and baked goods were available at the Irrigon Library on Saturday during their holiday bazaar.

The event, hosted by Friends of the Irrigon Library, featured about a dozen vendors.

Kathy Dill Spears of Irrigon was selling paintings and advertising her “It’s a Paint Party!” events. Spears hosts paint nights for participants who want to get together and paint at private parties, fundraisers, children’s’ events and more.

“I’ve been doing it for about a year and it’s kind of fun,” she said.

Her next event is Thursday, when she is supplying canvases, paint and instruction for a paint party at the Irrigon Senior Center that will raise money to repaint the bus barn. Spears said she first started painting after getting sick a few years ago.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after I was done with treatments I decided I needed to do something to heal my mind,” she said.

Another vendor at the bazaar also described her craft as healing. Ruby Perches-Ball of Hermiston was selling fancy soaps that she started making to cope with the loss of her infant son earlier this year. Saturday’s event was the first time she decided to sell the soaps, named after her son Liam Grayson, to people outside her circle of friends.

“I make soap as a form of therapy, and I have too many,” she said.

Perches-Ball said she buys a soap base, then melts it down and adds colors, scents or small objects such as rubber ducks before pouring them into molds and cutting them into shapes. Most of her soaps have strips or geometric shapes in different colors, which she described as a careful science to create.

“I can’t put it in too hot or (the colors) will just blend, and I can’t pour it too cold or it will stick,” she said.

Kathy Street, library director for Oregon Trail Library District, was using the event as an opportunity to spread the word about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The library district has joined the national program, which sends a free book each month to children from birth to five years old.

“If you sign the child up when they’re first born, by the time they turn five they will have 60 books,” she said.

The James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation has given the library district a grant to cover half the cost, and local sponsors have helped with the rest. Street said they estimate about 400 children in Morrow County are eligible, and so far they have signed up 99 children.

For more information about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, available to all Morrow County children under the age of five, call the 541-481-3365.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.



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