Members of 20th Century Club of Garrettsville met October 20 at the home of Joan Kropp. Jan Chalker was her co-hostess. Women answered roll call by naming a piece of world art that they admired. The program featured Garrettsville’s own world-famous Joe Leonard and his wood carvings. Joe brought with him his portfolio of carvings and a small griffin sculpture. He explained how he taught himself to carve by reading books on the subject,and how he created seventeen carrousel horses for the Disney project in France and two more afterwards for admiring customers. His flying pegasus and a griffin are presently touring the world with fellow mythical characters from around the world. The tour began in the US in New York City and will be on display in the Spring back in the US at the Natural History Museum in Cleveland. Another flying pegasus will be on display at an upcoming art show at the IX Center.
Besides his profession, Leonard is also known in the community for his role as Nelson Trustee and as the owner and driver of a vintage fire engine that can be seen at local community and charity events. He also teaches carving workshops.
Following the program, pumpkin pie was served. The next meeting will be held on November 17th at the home of Mary Furillo with Shirly Miller serving as co-hostess and Maxine Nimtz presenting the program.