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A lot of heart goes into arts at Holiday Boutique

JOYCE RUDOLPH

From working with clay to sewing clothing for dolls, Lucille Fewless

likes to keep her hands busy.

A student at the Creative Arts Center for more than 30 years, the

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Burbank resident started taking ceramics classes with longtime

instructor Claude Hulce, who is now retired from the center.

Over the last couple of months, Fewless has been making items to

sell at the center’s annual Holiday Boutique.

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She’s made clothing and accessories for 15 porcelain bisque dolls.

The dolls are about 25 years old and had been stored in a friend’s

warehouse before the friend gave them to Fewless. She has sewn

dresses and even delicate slips and pantaloons for them. For a few of

them, she has crocheted hats and sweaters.

A wedding dress and veil created for one doll was made of lace

that was given to Fewless by an aunt some 50 years ago.

The dolls are being sold for $20 each. She has kept the price

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affordable, she said, in case a little girl comes to the sale and

would like to buy one.

Fewless has also created sun catchers out of crystals.

“The crystals came from a chandelier that was in one of my

relative’s houses,” she said.

Each sun catcher is between 6 and 12 inches tall and is decorated

with anywhere from four to 12 crystals. They are priced from $15 to

$20.

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Fewless has more time to spend on art projects now that her eight

children are grown. She moved to Burbank in 1939 as a new bride.

She delights her granddaughter in Wisconsin by sculpting animals

and writing stories about them. Her granddaughter shared the project

with her class and now all her classmates look forward to getting the

new stories every two months.

The annual Holiday Boutique continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

at the arts center. Items offered are pottery, watercolor paintings,

photographs, porcelain dolls, jewelry and clothing, said Barbara Rog,

recreation program specialist.

“All artwork is original and made by students enrolled in classes

at the arts center, staff and members of the Fine Arts Federation,”

she said.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5

p.m. Friday. The sale continues through Dec. 18. The center is at

1100 W. Clark Ave., Burbank. For more information, call 238-5397.

SPECIAL EVENTS

‘STEVIE WONDERFUL LIFE’

OPENS TONIGHT

Troubadour Theater Company’s world premiere of “It’s a Stevie

Wonderful Life” opens tonight at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

Troubadour’s previous hits include “Romeo Hall & Juliet Oates” and

last year’s holiday hit at the Falcon, “A Christmas Carol King.” This

time, the company spoofs the perennial American classic film, “It’s a

Wonderful Life,” by adding the musical styling of legendary

singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder.

L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award-winning and Ovation

Award-nominated director Matt Walker has assembled a cast of actors,

musicians and circus folk for this fast-paced and family- friendly

musical excursion.

Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays

through Dec. 28. There are no performances on Christmas Eve or

Christmas. Tickets range from $25 to $37.50. The Falcon Theatre is at

4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For reservations, call 955-8101.

BURBANK ARTISTS

SHOW AT MALL GALLERY

The Burbank Art Assn. has opened a Holiday Gallery showcasing

works of its award-winning members at the Media City Center in

Burbank.

The original framed paintings that are offered for sale are in

watercolor, oil and acrylic and vary in size.

Hours are from 1 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to

6 p.m. Sundays until after Christmas. The gallery is on the first

floor between Macy’s and the carousel.

CHOIR MEMBERS PERFORM AT BREAKFAST

Burbank High School choir members will provide the holiday-themed

entertainment at the Burbank High Vocal Music Assn.'s Pancake

Breakfast fund-raiser from 8 to 11 a.m. today in the Burbank Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recreation hall, 136 N. Sunset

Canyon Drive, Burbank.

Pancakes, sausage, fruit and juice are on the menu. Santa Claus

will be available for photographs and his elves will be helping hand

out door prizes and doing face-painting.

Tickets are $8, and $6 for children 10 and younger at the door.

Proceeds help cover choir costs for equipment purchases,

accompanist fees, financial aid for students, music clinics and other

production and travel expenses associated with local and national

show choir competitions.

TUBAS ARE IN TUNE

WITH THE HOLIDAYS

It might not be a beautiful noise, but 250 tubas make quite a

jolly sound when they play holiday tunes during the Merry Tuba

Christmas concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in front of The Alex

Theatre in Glendale.

Tuba and euphonium players from throughout Southern California

come to toot their own horns for the occasion, playing special

arrangements that make their unique capabilities shine.

The first Merry Tuba Christmas concert was in New York City in

1974 when a group of tuba and euphonium musicians gathered to pay

tribute to the late musician William J. Bell. The concept caught on,

and today Tuba Christmas events are organized in Glendale and around

the world.

Anyone with a tuba or euphonium and an enthusiasm for the holidays

is invited to come and play. Musicians wishing to participate in the

concert should meet in front of The Alex Theatre at 3:30 p.m. to

practice.

For more information, call 243-2539. The Alex Theatre is at 216 N.

Brand Blvd., Glendale.

* If you have news releases for the 48 Hours column, please call

JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@latimes.com or fax

them to 241-1975.


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