to sign art glass in Aledo, Illinois
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
BY ROBERT ANDERSON
Atlas, Monmouth, Illinois
The public is invited to a Fenton Glass Art Signing Event from 1
to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Aledo, Illinois.
purchasing manager and safety director of Fenton Art Glass, and
grandson of the founder, will be present to meet with collectors
of Fenton's fine, handmade glassware, and answer any questions
about the product and the factory.
Mary Louck, owner of Main Street Antiques, 114 E. Main St., where
the event will be conducted, said she is honored to have Fenton
visiting her store.
"It's really an honor to get Mike here," she said. "Two years ago,
we had Tom Fenton here for our first signing event. They're called
Signing Events. Not only will Mike be here for people to meet
and visit with, he will personally sign every Fenton piece people
buy that day."
exclusive Signing Event item, a Favrene Vase [pictured left], is
available prior to and during the signing event. Guests may also
register for a door prize, and take the Fenton Glass Factory tour
on video. This short video features the factory in West Virginia,
and explains the Fenton method of producing handmade glassware.
A Fenton Silver Showcase Dealer for the past eight years, Louck
said the art glass is known for its wide range of colors, hand
painting and handcrafting.
"Fenton has the largest array of colors you can imagine," she
said. "They do a wonderful Halloween line. They do animal
figurines, and we have a wonderful line of snowmen, Christmas
trees, and fairy lights for holding candles. They make things as
small as a ring holder, up to the most beautiful display of lamps
you've ever seen. I always say if it's not a Fenton lamp it
doesn't belong in my house. It's just gorgeous."
Being a Silver Showcase Dealer entitles Louck to receive Fenton
pieces that are exclusive to showcase stores, and allows her to
receive earlier shipments, as well as other considerations from
the factory. The three large rooms at Main Street Antiques are
stocked with antique furniture, Fiesta, and Depression glass, as
well as collectibles such as Fenton Art Glass, Boyd's Bears, dolls
by Lee Middleton and Ginny, and several lines of candles.
Store hours at Main Street Antiques are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. They can be reached at 309-582-2299.
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