Memorial Fund Established To Support CFAC

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In memory of Fred Pickett, the Sweetwater County Library Foundation has accepted a donation from his wife Paula Wonnacott to establish a fund to be used by the Community Fine Arts Center. Pickett was an avid outdoorsman and woodworker. Photo courtesy of the CFAC.

The Sweetwater County Library Foundation along with the Community Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce a fund in memory of Fred Pickett. Pickett was a long time resident of Sweetwater County and was also an accomplished woodworker.

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Paula Wonnacott recently donated a sum of money in her departed husband’s name to support programming at the CFAC that would highlight “Functional Art” to reflect Pickett’s interest of craftsmanship that he sought to achieve through his work.

In early spring of 2015, Pickett had an exhibit at the CFAC of his handcrafted fly fishing rods, wood canoe and kayak, along with cross country skis. He explained that his interest in an activity lead him to make the items he needed. It was through trial and error that he taught himself the almost forgotten art of bamboo fly fishing rods.

An exhibit is being planned for later this summer at the CFAC, featuring several artists who use wood and Pickett was planning to participate. Debora Soule, CFAC Director, is continuing in the planning of the exhibit. RJ Pieper, CFAC Advisory Board member who also serves on the Sweetwater County Library Foundation Board, has suggested calling it the Fred Pickett Memorial Wood Artists Exhibit.

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For more information on this project, to make a donation, or volunteering for either board, contact Jason Grubb, Sweetwater County Library System Director or Soule.

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