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WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Shop turns 200-year-old wood, recycled items into art. (12/16/2016)

Monday, December 19, 2016   (1 Comments)
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WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: Shop turns 200-year-old wood, recycled items into art. (12/16/2016)

This story appeared previously in JournalWest.

Millie Barnhart is a master at turning nothing into something.

Her brow furrowed in concentration as she expertly dabbed glue onto thick slivers of wood, dating back to the days of her great-great-great grandmother.

The 1800s wood, formerly pews and floorboards from nearby Olivet Moravian Church, was on its way to the dump after being discovered in an attic, but Barnhart converted it into a bustling Nativity scene.

“Some people just see a chunk of wood, but we see a potential art project,” Barnhart said.

“I’m a big history freak, so I find it fascinating to give old wood a new life.”

Her new art shop, Hoots and Hollers, is filled with artwork featuring reclaimed wood, often more than 200 years old, and other unsuspecting recycled items, like wheels, shutters and wine bottles.

Barnhart spent many years helping clean out old buildings and barns, she said, collecting supplies — mostly things that would’ve been trashed — along the way.

Her family built her a two-story storage barn, which has become a rabbit hole of any art supply imaginable, including salvaged 200-year-old wood beams from Lewisville and Yadkin County barns.

She has also collected wood from various time periods and from cities in nearly every state on the East Coast.

“Neither of us is immune to jumping into a dumpster,” Barnhart joked, referencing co-owner Lee Anne Edwards. “We like to reuse things and I think that’s what makes us different.”

While Barnhart and Edwards sell their art projects, they also offer art classes at the store, which is temporarily sandwiched between the Goin’ Postal and Harris Teeter in Robinhood Village.

Throughout December, the shop will host a variety of holiday workshops, including classes on floral arrangements, building wooden snowmen and a class for children to make gifts for their families.

“Some people tell me they’re not creative, so it’s very gratifying when we can show them they are,” shop co-owner Barnhart said.

“The beauty of art is each piece shouldn’t be the same, it should be what comes from within,” Barnhart said.

Pfafftown resident Lisa Stevenson doesn’t have an artistic bone in her body, she said, but after attending two different holiday-themed classes, she’s changing her tune.

Her face broke into a determined smile as she transformed a mishmash of reclaimed wooden blocks into a Christmas keepsake slathered with red and green paint.

“I’m really excited to have this shop because it’s just so different and unique and wonderful,” she said.

“I’d sign up for every class if I could.”

Stevenson brought her 4-year-old daughter, Annabelle, to the shop’s first Mommy & Me class where they made wreaths out of painted footprints.

As a mom and co-owner of Hoots and Hollers, Lee Anne Edwards said while there will be plenty of adult classes offered, she loves incorporating kids and fueling their love for art.

“When my kids were little, they loved doing art, but it was such an ordeal to get the paint out and have to clean up,” said Edwards, a mother of two. “That’s why this is so great.”

Edwards, also the co-owner of nearby Pintxos Pour House, approached Barnhart earlier this year with the idea for the shop, which officially opened Nov. 20.

Barnhart, who also owns floral business WildFlowers on Hilltop, has a background in architecture and interior design and jumped at the challenge.

The two held an art show kickoff at Pintxos in October, featuring Barnhart’s signature woodsy Nutcrackers — made with 200-year-old wood planks, vintage lace and chair parts — and were stunned at the support by the community.

“We’re trying to break away from the traditional painting canvases and find new creative projects and I think that really appeals to people,” said Barnhart, who is also a mother of two.

“We do things no one else does.”

In the New Year, the shop will move into its permanent location, behind Pintxos, remaining in the up-and-coming Robinhood Village complex.

Their vision is to split the space between a shop and an art studio, adding a bar so they can serve drinks during adult classes.

They will also integrate summer camps for kids and drop-in hours for those who want to explore their artistic side outside of classes, said Edwards, who dabbles in painting and photography.

In the coming year, they’re planning classes to create art projects to give to local charities, like Brenner Children’s Hospital or soldiers and veterans, she said. They want to give back to the community that has supported them throughout their journey.

“We’re so grateful for all the positive support and excited for what comes next,” Barnhart said. “It can only go up from here.”

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Tom Waicekauskas says...
Posted Monday, December 26, 2016
Very Nice, Good Luck!

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