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April 9, 2014

Minco craft fair draws attention from all over state

MINCO —

Oklahoma crafters draw inspiration from many sources, from jewelry to furry friends.   The creativity of these crafters was expressed in the work at the Minco Spring Crafts and More show Saturday.

Lana McKinsey, said she began selling jewelry, purses and belts with her sisters, Denise Phelps and Dena Friesen, who comprise Sister Act 3.  

McKinsey said her family's from Minco, but she lives in Clinton.

McKinsey said she began selling at craft shows to supplement her income and follow her children on the rodeo circuit.

"[This is] the third event I've hosted…I decided instead of traveling, I'd bring [some] economy to Minco," she said. 

McKinsey said she hopes to make the Minco arts and crafts show an annual event.

Danny Gordon showed mugs, pictures and more featuring his hand-drawn dog caricatures that he makes in his studio in Oklahoma City.

Gordon said he's been drawing dog caricatures using markers and colored pencils since 2003, and his work includes 90 dog breeds.

He said he doesn't have dogs himself and started drawing dogs when children responded well to a dog sidekick character he drew for one of the books he illustrated.

"I just recognized that people like the way I drew dogs," Gordon said. "Response was incredible, so a lightbulb went off."

Gordon's wasn't the only dog-centric merchant at the craft show.

Brittany Guthery and her aunt, Kelly, make dog treats and stockings and purses made from old dog food bags.

Guthery said she and her aunt, who comprise Rockin G Dog Treats 'N' Goodies LLC,  have 10 dogs between them and save their dog food bags to make their products.

Mary Fillmore attended the show with her small dog in tow to look for some homemade items.

Fillmore said she saw a homemade soap vendor at another craft show and their Facebook post led her to the MInco show.

"We're craft show junkies," she said.

Guthery and her aunt take orders from their Facebook group, Rockin G Dog Treats 'N' Goodies LLC, and Gordon takes orders from his website dannygordon.com.

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