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5/9/2013 3:00:00 PM
'A Flair for Wine' event set for tomorrow night at Ogle Haus

Vevay Main Street will host its fourth annual "A Flair for Wine" fundraising event at the Ogle Haus Inn tomorrow (Friday) evening. The event will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and proceeds from the event will go to benefit Vevay Main Street's Facade and Signage grant program.

The event will again feature "The Doctors" band, and again there will be a live art auction featuring the work of local artists.

Tickets are $60 each, and may be purchased by contacting Vevay Main Street President Dick Yanikoski at 427-9663 or at the Vevay Main Street office on West Pike Street across from the Post Office. The office may be contacted at 427-9406.

Featured in the live auction will be five area artists:

Key West, Florida has for years attracted artists from across the country. Native Hoosier, Steve Bickis, hometown Ft. Wayne knew around his fourth grade in school he wanted to be an artist and even 50 years ago Bickis said his teachers encouraged it. When asked what his family thought of his desire to follow his dream to be an artist, Bickis said "Mom was real supportive. She did a lot of sewing and I had a Great Grandma that made hook rugs."

The talent that spills from the end of his paintbrush bristles may not have been passed down from his Great Grandma's ability to hook rugs, but what is evidenced in his watercolors in the Impressionist style which are his favorite and most challenging, are a picture to behold.

Bickis is contributing a framed rural landscape scene in watercolor for the 2013 'A Flair For Wine' art auction which is certain to confirm his ability and eye for Impressionist Art.

- Teresa Lyons

Brian Christman, born and raised in Switzerland County, began chainsaw carving in 2007 after a chance Internet article caught his attention.

His hobby soon became a passion and his skills developed quickly. He demonstrated his artistry at a carving festival in Knox, Indiana, in 2009 and the next year at the world's largest chainsaw carving event in Ridgway, Pennsylvania.

In 2012 he was one of 20 national and international chainsaw carvers invited to carve on site at Gray, Georgia. All of this is in addition to his regular work as a Veterans Administration nurse in Florence, Kentucky.

For the 2013 Flair for Wine auction he is creating a custom seven-foot high wine rack from a cedar log and branches, featuring hand-carved grape clusters and other special touches.

- Dick Yanikoski

Megan Reis was born in New York and raised in New Jersey, where she studied French Literature and Art History at Rutgers University.

While studying at the Sorbonne for a year, she became enchanted by the "incredible windows" of the Cathedral at Chartres. She said recently, however, that her interest in becoming an artist in glass began in Cincinnati when on lunch breaks from her office work she would visit a nearby glass studio. In time she approached the owner and asked for employment, settling at first for a cleaning position.

Her creations in stained glass now grace residences and public buildings from New York City to Seattle, including Chicago, Raleigh, and Naples; as well as Switzerland, Jefferson, and Ohio counties. Local examples of her work include Heritage Hall in Rising Sun and the glass mosaic at Most Sorrowful Mother of God Church in Vevay.

The framed 26" x 22" stained glass piece she is creating for the 2013 Flair for Wine auction is entitled "Swiss Spring."

- Dick Yanikoski

Wayne Springer was the kid that would pick up his Mom's camera and "finish the pictures Mom didn't take on the roll."

He always liked taking pictures with whatever camera he had, but this was back in the day of the Polaroids or later on whatever camera the family happened to have. After marrying wife Vicki and spending time with his father-in-law, Jim Brockman, a renowned photographer famous for his bubbles photographs, Springer knew that if he wanted an education in photography, no better way to get it than from a professional he spent a lot of time with.

Springer has mastered the processes for traditional film photography, but has embraced the digital revolution that has changed the face of the profession. After opening his own photography studio, Fairview Studio in Switzerland County, his work has won multiple awards and this recognition has enabled him to obtain numerous photography jobs for high profile entertainers, concerts and major events.

Vevay Main Street appreciates Springer's contribution of two of his fine photographic works for the 2013 'A Flair for Wine' art auction; Double matted and framed (17' x 29') Babcock State Park Mill in West Virginia; and double matted and framed (17" x 29") Otway covered bridge in Scioto County, Ohio.

- Teresa Lyons

Rick Starker knew around age 15 he wanted to be a designer. He didn't know for certain what he wanted to design, whether cars, homes, clothes or jewelry, but Starker just wanted to "create things."

As he continued to create pieces, when he wasn't at work, he completed numerous wood working projects such as his wife's custom woodwork for their home over 20 years ago. The couple kept talking about someday starting a local design/wood working and crafting business and he would think about it on his drive to and from work.

While a name for the business didn't seem to come as readily as one might think, while driving home from work one day a slogan for the anticipated business popped into his head. "It just hit me while driving that 'You Dream It, We Build It' was catchy, so the business name Dream Woodworks was only a natural."

Starker has contributed for the "A Flair For Wine" art auction a solid walnut floor wine rack similar to the one he built for a ship's galley. It is a floor unit that stands 46 inches tall, is 26 inches wide and 13 inches in depth. The wine rack holds 30 bottles of wine and is complete with rails for several wine glasses. This fine piece will work in any home.

- Teresa Lyons

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