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Members of the Warren Antiques Study Club met on Monday, April 25 at the Woman’s Club.

The guest speaker was Gary Lester, who “shared a very interesting program ‘Antiquing is Good for You'” according to Marge Smith. “A few years ago, after visiting ‘The Salvage Dog’ facility in Roanoke, Virginia, Lester was inspired to start repurposing old bits and pieces into cartoon trophies.”

“He calls it Trashidermy,” said Smith. “He exhibited many of his original works of art made from old wooden ironing boards, doorknobs, tongs, funnels, billiard balls and paddles, to name a few. -unes.”

“Lester talked about the many unusual types of art; including Primitives, Samplers, Quilts, Copper, Visionaries, Untrained, Forwards, Chainsaws, Foreigners, and Blacksmiths,” she says. “He ended his fun and eclectic presentation by highlighting how collecting and turning old antiques and junk into unique treasures can improve mental health.”

Vice President Ruth Barnes Shaw led the business meeting and presented the list of officers for the coming year. Current officers were thanked and each received a rose in appreciation of their efforts.

Poet Laureate Pat Slattery read two poems, “The Root Cellar” by Adrienne Kvello and “Sailing the Sea and Singing” by one of the Club members, Lettie G. Howard.

The next meeting will be on Monday, May 23 at First United Methodist Church.

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