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Honoring the past, celebrating the present and preserving history for future generations were the themes of a program featuring area black artisans and their crafts Wednesday.


The works of three craftsmen were among those on display during an event at the Patrick Henry Community College School of Craft and Design's Artisan Center in uptown Martinsville.


The program, sponsored by the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) and the center, was designed to put the spotlight on local black artists on the last day of Black History Month, said Carolyn Beale, PHCC's coordinator for the Artisan Center.


“We wanted to recognize black artisans in our area for the work they do, and to celebrate black history,” Beale said.


Matilda Penn displayed a dollhouse made by her father, Lawrence Penn of Fieldale, a master craftsman known for his doll houses.


He retired from Henry County Schools after driving a school bus for 40 years and “decided a few years ago he wanted a hobby,” Matilda Penn said.


Her father's doll houses resemble structures that appeal to him.


“He would see something he liked and sketch it on a piece of paper or on a napkin” and then create a working pattern when he got home, Matilda Penn said.


Lawrence Penn also detailed the houses, down to the porches that run the length of the home, a birdhouse or dog house in the yard, porch swings and Plexiglas patio doors that actually open and shut.


Some outdoor furniture items were made of Popsicle sticks or matches, Matilda Penn said.


“He's got five girls, and he built a house for each one. No two are alike,” she said, but the details are most elaborate on the house he made for her mother, Myrtle Penn.


Inside the fully furnished home there are winding staircases with intricate balustrades, felt carpeting and an area rug. Outside, a hanging swing sits on the porch while an upper deck is furnished with a bistro set.


“That's Mom's pride and joy,” Matilda Penn said of the house, which took six or seven months to craft.


Other, less elaborate homes can be crafted in a matter of weeks, she said, but all are one-of-a-kind pieces of art.


A quilt two years in the making also is a treasure.


Titled “From Sea To Shining Sea,” the 1999 Piecemaker's Calendar Quilt is an example of the Penn family magic. It was completed by Lawrence and Myrtle Penn, but their daughters also worked on the project.


“This is our family heirloom,” Matilda Penn said of the quilt, which is made from panels that depict scenes of the four seasons.


Many of the scenes include embroidered animals such as cows and horses. A nautical theme also emerges, with embroidered seagulls, fish, crabs, turtles and sailboats.


“Everything my dad does, he teaches us how,” Matilda Penn said.


A.J. Reeves, 92, of the Snow Creek area began working with wood in the 1970s as a hobby.


At the time, Reeves had plenty of other jobs to keep him busy. He was employed as a farmer, home builder and plumber, so he kept his woodworking to a minimum.


“But after I got 80 years old, I commenced doing this regular,” Reeves said, using his hands to signal various creations.


A grandfather clock, crafted in 2004, is one of several that bears the imprint of his handiwork.


Reeves is equally adept at making other items, including a mantle clock, spinning wheel, cedar chest and wooden goblets.


The smooth surfaces of the goblets and other pieces reflect Reeves' painstaking sanding of each piece, twisting and turning it this way and that before it passed his final inspection.


His wife, Lillie Bell Young Reeves, also is an artisan and earned the title of “Master Seamstress” from some family members for her quilting and other sewing projects.


Another Martinsville family has a work in progress.


The Hodge family created a quilt that features photos of five generations of family members, with a few-months-old sixth generation member ready to be added.


Crafted by Jean Hodge and her daughters Donna, Debra and Danita Hodge, the idea initially came from a suggested collage project for a family reunion, Jean Hodge said. The family pictorial project is titled “The Golden Chain of Family.”


“It was a lot of work. A lot of expense and a lot of work,” Jean Hodge said of the project, which began with family snapshots and photographs.


“It took us three months” to complete, she said, but the project will remain a family heirloom.


People dropped by the center throughout the day to see the exhibit and talk to the artists, said Beale.


“I was very impressed with the turnout,” she said, estimating that between 50 and 60 people came to the event.