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9/20/03 - Edom

Artists Return For Edom Festival Of The Arts

Thousands came to Edom this weekend to check out the merchandise, enjoy the entertainment, and maybe make some art of their own. The Edom Festival of the Arts put a wide variety on display.

"Edom has a wonderful ambiance," Chairman Amy Pace said. "People like coming to this festival to escape from the stress of a big city."

Artists came from far and wide to attend. Jo Moncrief came from Dallas to show her paintings and clay work, and show how her art comes infused with her sense of humor.

"I love to laugh and I think that's one of the best things you can do," Jo says, "get people around you to laugh."

The Festival also features what you might consider non-traditional art. Jim Thompson of Lindale carves wood into what he calls "peace polls."

"The space kind of calls for things," he explains, describing how he decorates the polls. "It's just a matter of what feels like what needs to go in there."

His art is covered with the same phrase in many languages, "May peace prevail on Earth."

Gloria Haefner-Gatti came from Lewisville to show her kumihimo, a 13th century Japanese art form.

"When I finish the kumihimo, its always wonderful," she says. "Each one is a unique piece. It's probably one of the calmest art forms you can find, because it's very peaceful sitting in the loom."

It's an eclectic mix, just like you would expect from a community renowned for its artistic side. And these artists are glad to be back in Edom.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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