“Young Girl”

She is not just a pretty young lady. She is the artist’s granddaughter and is growing up unimaginably fast. From the excitement of a new grand baby to her first day of school felt like a day. And an eye blink later, there she was practicing the art of trying to get her way by being coy. Like all young girls, she was practicing this technique on her father first, but watch out world. It was watching her granddaughter being coy that inspired the creation of “Young Girl”, a 12” by 18” work in acrylic.

The artist is Leila Wolfe Trueba Fuson. Leila was born and raised in Tonopah but now lives in Reno. Leila has been painting since 1972 when she first used painting as therapy after her first husband died in a car accident near the Peavine turnoff west of Manhattan. She now paints for the joy of painting, typically working on still lifes and nature scenes. Interestingly, something about her granddaughter evolving into a young lady caused Leila’s work to evolve as well - this is Leila’s first work of modern art. Ever evolving and changing - that’s why Leila is 79 years young.

Please come and see “Young Girl” in the Silent Auction Gallery at the Belmont Arts and Crafts Show.

“Nevada Pride Bookmarks”

This was an impossible situation. Pastor Amy was trying to lead a Bible Study lesson on the 10th Commandment and everyone was staring at her but not a soul was listening! And then it dawned on her - a Nevada Pride Bookmark was dangling enticingly from the spine of her Bible. No wonder they couldn’t listen, they were all staring glassy eyed at her beautiful bookmark. Marge might have been drooling.

“There is a small exception to the “thou shalt not covet” Commandment,” Pastor Amy explained. “It’s okay to covet a Nevada Pride Bookmark ... but there’s no need to. Just go to the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show and buy one for yourself. But first, let’s finish this lesson.”

Nevada Pride Bookmarks will be back by popular demand. Each one has a handcrafted fused glass Nevada attached to the end, but are otherwise unique in designs ranging from whimsical to serious. They look equally great in the book you’re reading or the one on your shelf and therefore make great gifts for anyone. They were fused and beaded by Colleen Rice, a North Dakota transplant who made one for her mother as a reminder that someone in Nevada was thinking of her.

Just $15 and available for sale in the Craft Store at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show.

"Hidden Wells Quilt - 53” by 72”

This is the first quilt ready to hang at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show - there will be others. This one was made using the Hidden Wells pattern designed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989. The Hidden Wells pattern is considered a “technique” quilt because it takes a special construction technique to create its intricate squares. Please take a moment to appreciate all its angles and how all those angles come cleanly together.

Making a quilt like this combines magical creativity and anal precision; it’s like a volley ball match between the brain’s creative right side and its mathematical left side. A quilter first creatively chooses fabrics in a variety of colors, hues, and patterns that will magically work together. Then the left brain gains control to make the precise cuts and stitch the exact 1/4” seams that will turn large pieces of fabric into strips and then squares. The right side then reasserts control to determine how best to combine those squares into a beautiful quilt top. The left side then precisely sews the squares together. Next, both sides of the quilter’s brain enjoy a glass of wine before focusing on adding the batting, backing, and of course, the quilting.

Every artist shares a piece of themselves in their work so I think it’s important to know the artist. This Hidden Wells quilt was made by an extremely interesting woman who prefers that her name not be shared on the internet. I can say that before quilting, archeology was her favorite hobby and that she was involved in several archeological digs in Israel when she lived and worked in Jerusalem. Since shortly before retiring about 25 years ago, she took up quilting and is an active member of two quilt clubs. She especially enjoying the challenges of geometric quilt patterns and the comradeship of her fellow quilters. In addition to quilting, she still does some archeological work in the desert Southwest and is also an accomplished photographer.

Please come and see how the right and left hemispheres of this storied woman’s brain cooperated to create her beautiful Hidden Wells Quilt.

"Very Nevada Handbags"

These beautifully crafted bags are expertly designed to safely hold what you need to bring along. Each has two zippered compartments accessible from the outside, and one also has an exterior plastic pouch designed specifically for a cell phone. Both are an easy-to-carry 7” x 10”, and each has a 22” strap designed to be securely worn cross body.

These bags will seem “normal-sized” for many of you. If you are used to carrying a much larger bag, they will come to your rescue when you’re headed to a sporting event with bleachers, a movie theater with a sticky floor, or a full day at a museum. They are light weight, washable and able to carry anybody’s essentials plus a thing or two for your significant other.

Both are made by Linda Thiros, a good friend of Scheela Morgan and an expert seamstress with over 50 years of experience. Linda also appreciates history. Despite her tangential ties to rural Nevada, Linda understands the need to preserve the Belmont Courthouse. You can check out these very Nevada bags at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show.

"Terry Tholl Pendants"

Terry Cutler Tholl has made more of her Nevada pendants to help raise funds to restore the Belmont Court House.

Terry is known for her generosity to worthy causes. She has been instrumental in helping fund the building of the Veterans House in Reno. Terry is a member of the Cutler family who generously support many worthy causes... one recent cause was the Paradise fire that destroyed a whole community. She does it all with a big smile . Thank you Terry.

"Antique Chair"

Can you figure out what this is? Of course it’s a chair but it’s not just any chair. Here’s a clue: there’s a secret compartment under the seat accessible through a door in the back. Need another clue? That lid you see on the seat can be lifted off to also gain access to the secret compartment. Still don’t have it? Here’s your final clue: the secret compartment is perfectly sized for a chamber pot.

Yes, it’s an antique adult-sized potty chair, also known as a commode chair.

Check it out at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show Silent Auction. The minimum opening bid is only $15 and the “Buy it Now” price is $75. (Chamber pot not included.

"Evening Bugle” by Joe Garcia, limited edition 18” x 25” print"

The thrilling and haunting sound of an elk’s bugle call is usually low and throaty at first, then it rises to a high whistle before dropping to a grunt or a series of grunts. Kind of like this: “A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a a-eeeeeeeeeeeeee-oh. Ee-uh. Ee-uh. Ee-uh.”

If you’re familiar with the sound, seeing this print probably started a chain reaction - first you heard that memorable call in your mind’s ear and then came the wistful smile. Don’t worry - it happens to everyone familiar with the elk’s bugle call.

The artist is Native Californian, Joe Garcia. Mr. Garcia is an established landscape and wildlife artist whose originals and limited edition prints are found in galleries and private collections in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.

Come and see this beautiful signed and numbered print of “Evening Bugle” in the Silent Auction Gallery at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show.

"Microwave Bowl Holders"

You are familiar with the problem if you’ve ever microwaved a bowl of soup. The bowl gets so HOT that it’s dangerous to remove. We have the perfect solution at the Belmont Arts and Crafts Show Craft Store - a microwave bowl holder. Ingenious!

Microwave bowl holders are made from cotton fabric, cotton batting and cotton thread so they are microwave safe for up to 8 minutes. No more burnt fingers! No more spilled soup! And if you happen to slosh some on the bowl holder, simply wash it on warm, dry on low and it’ll be ready for the next go-round.

These microwave bowl holders are expertly crafted by Scheela Morgan, part time Belmont resident. Sometimes you’ll find her behind the bar at the Belmont Saloon helping her brother, Tracy, but she’d much prefer to be at her sewing machine. Scheela has been sewing and quilting for decades and her expertise is evident in all she does.

Check out these microwave bowl holders at our Craft Store - just $15 - your fingers will be very glad you did!

"Quilted Notebook Cover"

Where did I put that list? Have you seen it? It was on a small piece of white paper. It was just here! Did you toss it? It was around here somewhere! Am I losing it?!!

We’ve all been there but thanks to Scheela Morgan’s quilted notebook covers, we don’t have to go there anymore. These notebook covers fit the standard 3”x5” wire bound notebooks that always get tattered before the paper is gone. Its interlocking pen loops keep the notebook securely closed ending that problem. There’s even an inside pocket for important notes, coupons, business cards, etc.

Scheela painstakingly included all the details that will make your quilted notebook cover so essential that you’ll never leave it behind - it’ll go from your night table to your purse, and anywhere in between. You’ll always have a place to add a note and always know where your notes are. And don’t worry if it gets dirty - it’s made from high quality quilting cotton so simply wash in warm water and dry on low.

You’ll find Scheela’s quilted notebook covers in the Craft Store. They’re available in a variety of beautiful designs for just $15 - pen and notebook included.

"Jazzy Jackets"

How to go from boring to “Belmont chic” in 5 seconds flat? Simply slip on a Jazzy Jacket over your boring tee or sweater. Made from breathable quilting cotton, these jackets add color and flash without extra bulk. The fit is across the shoulders and they flow out from there to a curved hem that is slightly longer in the back . The fabric was pre-washed and dried so there’s no risk of running colors or significant shrinkage. Some ironing is expected but the simple design makes ironing easy.

Each Jazzy Jacket was sewn in a different jazzy fabric by part-time Belmont resident, Colleen Rice. Jazzy Jackets will be available in the Craft Store at the price of $45 and in sizes ranging from 6/8 to 22.

"21st Century Potholders"

Potholders have been a best seller at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show for a few years now. It started in 2017 when Colleen Rice was looking for a low cost, everyone needs one item to sell in the Craft Store. Potholders were her first 4-H sewing project 53 years prior and potholders came to mind. 4-H taught her to use old bath towels as potholder innards but she still Googled “How to Make Potholders”.

Expecting potholders were like mouse traps, she was surprised to learn about Insul-Bright, a combination of hollow polyester fibers and reflective metallized film. Experimentation followed and she decided that inserting two layers of Insul-Bright gave potholders amazing heat protection while allowing the flexibility needed to securely grasp the lip of a baking sheet.

But remember - they can’t be used in a microwave and they lose their magical powers while wet. Obey those two rules, and be amazed at how potholders have improved over the last 50+ years. Will mousetraps be next?

21st Century Potholders in a wide variety of colors will be available in the Craft Store for $5 each.