Local Artists Featured at Assistance League Craft Fair

Published : Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 10:19 AM

Left: Tina Frausto, a featured artist, showcases her watercolors / Right: Assistance League members, Cheryl Turkal and Simonetta May, admire handcrafted items at Craft Fair

Two Altadena artists are the focus of the Assistance League of Pasadena’s Craft Fair February-March exhibit. Craft Fair Gift Shop is a philanthropic project of Assistance League featuring unique hand-crafted items from over 270 senior artisans. Craft Fair provides a creative outlet for seniors to showcase and sell their crafts while remaining active and engaged in the community. Currently, Tina Frausto’s watercolors are featured but she is also a talented ceramist. Many of her lovely landscapes are from scenes in the local area.

Tina is a life-long resident of the Pasadena area and now resides in Altadena. After college, she served for 13 years as Director of After School Day Care at St. Elizabeth’s in Altadena. She then taught elementary grades for 17 years in Duarte.

Bill Keets, another Altadena resident, creates unique, stylish handbags out of leather. Several years ago, while recuperating from surgery, a friend taught Bill how to work with leather, by hand at first, then by machine. From then on, his leatherwork, purses etc. just took off. He calls it, “Redeemed Leatherwork”.

Craft Fair is the perfect place to purchase unique handmade items created by local artists. Sales help seniors supplement their income and provide the community with beautiful hand crafted items. Assistance League volunteers manage and staff the store. (AssistanceLeague.org/Pasadena)

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