After working as a Christian missionary in Kenya for 28 years, Susannah Kelty decided to resurrect the creative outlet she had used years earlier as a small fundraiser overseas.
Having retired back to the United States in 2011 to care for her elderly mother, Kelty revisited Reflections of Kenya, which had been born more than a decade earlier as an outlet for the photo note cards she and her photographer husband produced as a fundraiser to help the pastors in their area of northern Kenya. This time, she decided to pursue Reflections as a hobby to provide exposure for the work of Kenyan people who create handcrafted items to support themselves.
The products she now sells through Reflections of Kenya come from various sources and include: handmade jewelry; decorative home items such as placemats and cushion covers sewn from traditional Kenyan fabrics; blank note cards featuring images of people and scenery in Kenya; hand-decorated special occasion cards created from hand-crafted paper; and framed photos of Kenyan flowers, birds and wildlife.
The welcoming atmosphere of the Kannapolis Kaleidoscope festival has been perfect for Kelty as a hobbyist. “Reflections of Kenya is so small that it is definitely classified as a ‘side hobby,’” she said. “I enjoy the Kaleidoscope festival because it is intimate, friendly and varied.”
The Kannapolis based band The Lady Comes First will perform at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the West Avenue and West 1st Street intersection in Kannapolis as part of the May 30 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival series.
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Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Jessica Stark, with Artsy Starky, to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
If you are an artist or performer interested in setting up for FREE at the festival e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Kannapolis Arts wants to welcome artist Don Shafer, with Brown Bear Gallery, to the April 25 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis on West Avenue. The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25.
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Mosaic and fiber artist Karen Earnhardt, with Flower Floozy Designs, will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.
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The mother and daughter jewelry design team MADDJewels will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.
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Davidson based artist Tricia Brown will be a guest at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Kannapolis.
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Wow! We have 250 “guests” for the September 27 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival and more than 4,000 invitations sent out! Thanks for everyone’s support! And don’t forget to keep inviting your friends, via the event invite, share the status, tell your friends and try to bring out as many people as possible. We want to make sure have a great crowd so these artists keep wanting to come back again and again!
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