Skip to main content

North Hills Monthly

Summer Wine Walk Features Local Beverages, Inspired Art

May 31, 2019 12:03PM ● By Vanessa Orr

essica King's paper dress

On Saturday, June 8, those strolling the shops of Harmony during the Summer Wine Walk will get to do more than just nosh on local foods, beers, wines and ciders; they will also get to peruse the nature-based works and paper stylings of two local artists at Bottlebrush Gallery.

Jill Eudaly will be displaying recent works created out of recycled materials, including a 3D mouse house inspired by The Country, a poem by Poet Laureate Billy Collins. “The poem talks about a person visiting his friend in the country and keeping matches in a tin so that the mice don’t get into them,” explained Eudaly. “This had me envisioning mice collecting matches among other things; the house is like an I Spy collage of things the mice have amassed.”

A nature photographer who teaches environmental education to children at Camp Lutherlyn, Eudaly has always had an interested in finding second and third uses for materials. “I make a lot of art for the Evans City Public Library where I work; anything that people donate, we use. Right now, we’re trying to figure out how to use the guts of a piano,” she laughed, adding that she recently created a paper quilt out of BreadWorks bags to display at a local quilt show. 

Eudaly is also interested in mail art and participated in two mail art shows at the Evans City Library. Her work is also displayed on her mail art page, www.jeudaly.blogspot.com, and her photography is displayed at Bottlebrush Gallery, where she has also taught art classes.

For Jessica King, making paper dresses is a fairly new undertaking, but her work has already garnered a lot of attention. “I first made a paper dress for the Evans City Public Library to go with their Christmas display based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, representing the Christmas Ball,” she said, adding that she was also influenced by a paper dress exhibit at The Frick. “People saw it and liked it, so I’ve made a couple more dresses since then.” 

One of her creations, a bridal gown made for a bridal shower that her friend was hosting, will be on display at the Bottlebrush Gallery, along with at least five other dresses. The wedding dress is made out of packing paper printed with gold trim, with a bodice created from pages of a dictionary woven together. 

“Jessica is a paper magician with a vintage aesthetic,” said Eudaly of King’s work. 

While King was originally going to do a series of wedding dresses, she has decided to expand on the dress theme. “I like adding color, so there is going to be more of a variety,” she explained. “Right now, I’m in the process of creating a ball gown and a ballerina dress, though the ballerina is giving me a little trouble. I have a lot of ideas, so we’ll see what I can come up with.”

One of King’s more recent works was a six-foot tall snowflake that used quilling as an inspiration. “I’ve always been creative, and I love working with paper,” she said. “This art is just so much fun to make.”

Summer Wine Walk, which is a fundraiser for the Zelienople Public Library, will be held on June 8 from 5-9 p.m., and will include samples of local wines and other beverages including offerings from Courtyard Winery, Shu Brew, Fractured Grape Wine Cellars, Mazza Vineyards, Red Pump Spirits, The Enchanted Olive, North Country Brewing Co., Herb Brittner’s Smokehouse Inc., Knockin Noggin Cidery, Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars, Burgh’ers, Webb Winery, PK Winery, and Deer Creek Winery. Tickets to the 21-and-over event, which cost $25, can be purchased on Eventbrite or at the library. For more information, call 724-452-9330 or visit www.zelienoplelibrary.org.  n