Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 September 2012 16:10
For two local women, Marion’s 37th annual Art in the Park Saturday will be the official launch date for their new business, Eagle Eye Art.
“This is our first ever craft fair,” said Laura Hasenbank, who shares ownership of the business with her sister, DeAnna Williams.
“We attend the Art in the Park almost every year as consumers. Every year we talk about getting a booth and selling our own products,” she said.
“Finally this year, we are making it happen and we are very excited to be part of such a great event.”
The two sisters have been involved in photography and graphic design for years, as a hobby and for family and friends, before deciding to sell some of the work they have created.
When shoppers stop by their booth Saturday, Hasenbank said, they will see thousands of photographic images available in digital and print formats that can be sized, framed and manipulated.
“Both DeAnna and I are photographers and the images include a wide variety of places, animals, landscapes, buildings, flowers and more,” she said.
Hasenbank said she is the graphic designer and artist and can design logos, stationary, invitations, business cards, T-shirts, flyers and signs.
The two sisters can also provide senior pictures, wedding photography and family portraits with indoor and outdoor sessions available.
Hasenbank said she and her sister are from a large family raised in Kansas.
The love for art started early for them, she said, with Williams always with camera in hand.
“She was snapping pictures of anything that would hold still long enough for her to capture an image,” Hasenbank said.
Williams added that Hasenbank did pencil drawings and painting and later designed graphics on anything and of everything.
“With such a large family, there were many people and things to photograph, design and draw,” Williams said.
Both said they love the great outdoors and all the activities it has to offer.
“Especially traveling to enjoy and capture the beauty God created in many different ways,” Williams said.
Williams said she earned a bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University and her masters in business administration from Oklahoma Christian University.
Hasenbank said she earned a bachelor degree in fine arts from Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
“Eagle Eye Art was established after many years of dreams of starting our own business and focusing on the talents each had developed,” Hasenbank said.
The two sisters grew up in the Newton area, Hasenbank said she has lived in Marion 19 years as a single mom with four boys: Cody, 20, Cory, 18 and Brian and Brandon, 16-year-old twins.
Williams said she moved to Stilwell and is a single mom of two: Chelsea, 22, and Zach, 20.
Both sisters agree that it has been “a joy to work together.”
According to Hasenbank, they are finally able to pursue a dream they both envisioned for so long.
“Art in the Park is our way of making that dream a realization,” she said. “We both have been blessed to be able to see so many places to include Hawaii, Alaska, many inland states and even Jamaica, Germany and France.”
Williams added that being able to travel has given them a lot of images they hope the community and consumers will enjoy as much as they have.
“We hope to travel many more places to capture as much of God’s beauty as we possibly can,” Hasenbank said.
Art in the Park
In addition to their booth, several other artists will be displaying their wares from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park in Marion.
Many favorite items will be returning, officials said, that include limestone and metal art, food products, candles, clothing, jewelry, bath and body products, baby items, furniture, photography, purses, pottery and pan pipes. Other popular booths to look for again include Wisconsin cheese and sausage, and Down Under Pots.
“We are very excited to have Walter’s Pumpkin Patch from Burns coming with their fantastic pumpkin butter and salsa, and more,” said Margo Yates with Marion Chamber of Commerce. “We also can’t wait to see the repurposed, recycled and re-imagined clothes and furniture from ‘Second Chance Vintage Designs’ of Hillsboro.”
Yates also reminded everyone to look for “Two Glassie Gals” from Wichita and their repurposed glass.
“There will even be ‘scarf jewelry charms’ made from repurposed findings,” she said.
Visitors will want to stop by the food court, offering bierocks made fresh the day of the show, funnel cakes, barbecue and more.
Those attending also will want to consider registering to win a $20 gift certificate, courtesy of the Marion Chamber of Commerce Art in the Park Committee.
“Ten certificates will be given away at 4 p.m., and may be used at any booth before the close of the show,” she said.
A free shuttle bus service will depart every 15 minutes from parking lots located at Marion Die and Fixture, 421 W. Main, and the Marion Baseball Complex at Eisenhower Drive, just off U.S. Highway 56 by the Pizza Hut.
For more information, call the Marion Chamber of Commerce at 620-382-3425, or visit marionks.com.