The following was submitted by Diana Wise with the Utopia Arts and Crafts Guild.
Larry Walton, one of Utopia’s acclaimed woodturners, has been chosen as artist of the year for the 52nd-annual Utopia Arts and Crafts Fall Fair to be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. on Utopia Town Square.
Walton and his wife, Beverly, lovingly known as the soap lady, began manning a booth at the Utopia Arts and Crafts Fall Fair 35 years ago. Together they sold their creations side by side until Beverly’s death two years ago.
Walton has since continued the tradition, setting up on each fair day at booth 34, the corner near the EMS building. This year, the Utopia Arts and Crafts Fall Fair will honor Walton for his wood vessel artistry and his inspiration to the community.
By definition, woodturning is a craft using a wood lathe and hand-held tools to cut a shape. While many different items can be made on a lathe, either solid or hollow, Walton’s amazing talents shine in creating wood bowls and other wood vessels. His vessels are made from all types of wood species. Walton says, “Where most people see a tree growing in a field, I see a bowl!”
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