Friends of the Belmont Courthouse

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Friends of the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show a rousing success! Together we raised just over $5,900 for continued Courthouse restoration. Here are a few photos showing just parts of this year's show.

Mark your calendars now for next year's Arts and Crafts Show - June 30 to July 4, 2018. And until then - happy trails to you!!

The Friends of the Belmont Courthouse announce that their annual Arts and Crafts Show is scheduled for July 1st through the 4th. The show will be held on the first floor of the historic Belmont Courthouse and all proceeds will go toward its continued restoration. If you already have plans for Independence Day, consider a picturesque daytrip to Belmont the week end before. We will be open for your shopping pleasure from 11:00 to 3:00 on Saturday through Monday, July 1st to 3rd. If Belmont is included in your July 4th plans, we will be open from 9:00 to 3:30 on the 4th. The work of artisans and craftsmen from at least five states will be for sale. Watch this space for photographs of just some of the wonderful things that will be available at the show. Photographs will be added on a regular basis right up until show time. Are remember - we are always on the lookout for contributions of arts and crafts. Are you or someone you know passionate about sewing, quilting, painting, leatherwork, woodworking, metalcraft or any other art or craft? Please help restore this architectural gem from Nevada's past by donating your work to our Arts and Crafts Show. If interested, contact the Arts and Crafts Show chair, Colleen Rice, at Every dollar received from its sale will be used to help restore the Belmont Courthouse.

Marsh Minstrels

The Arts and Crafts Show is extremely
lucky to offer "Marsh Minstrels" on silent auction. Marsh Minstrels is a one-of-a-kind carving of two male red-winged blackbirds singing from their perch on a trio of cattails. Carved by Janet Johnson, master carver and native Nevadan now living in Washington State, "Marsh Minstrels" promises to be this year's piece de resistance. The carving is approximately 25" high from the bottom of its myrtle wood and marble base up to the top of the upper-most bird.

Janet carved the birds from tupelo, a southern swamp wood the trunk of which is used extensively in the furniture trade and the stump of which is used by carvers. She then intricately carved each individual feather, with each barb first cut and then wood-burned in. She then carefully painted each bird.

Janet shaped and carved the cattails from wood dowels. She then covered them with sawdust and sprayed them with lacquer. She made the fuzzy seeds bursting forth from the cattails by first inserting rope, then combing it out, shaping it and lastly, lightly coloring it.

She made each cattail leaf from two pieces of wood veneer soaked in water, glued together and then while still wet, she cut and shaped them. The final step was to wood-burn and paint them.
Janet invested at least 200 hours, she lost count, in creating "Marsh Minstrels" and has generously donated it to the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show. Please come and enjoy its beauty, while you appreciate her amazing talent and creative abilities.

"March Minstrels" will be on silent auction at the Arts and Crafts Show. If you cannot be in Belmont on July 4th when the auction will close, consider finding a proxy who can personally represent your interest in this truly amazing carving.

You've always admired the beauty of red-winged blackbirds - the 2017 Arts and Crafts Show will be your chance, your only chance, to own this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Nevada Pendants

Back by popular demand will be the Nevada pendants artfully crafted out of fused glass by Terry Tholl of Reno. Terry has lived in Nevada since before she could walk and she has a serious case of Nevada pride. Come and see all of Terry's new colors and designs. These pendants, still only $12, are the perfect way to wear and share your Nevada pride.

Reversible Apron

This reversible apron was sewn and donated by Karen Breen James of Washington State. You may recognize her name - her great grandfather was Judge Peter Breen, an early Nevada judge for the 5th District. After visiting Belmont last summer during a family reunion, Karen was inspired to help with the Courthouse restoration project by firing up her sewing machine when she returned home. Polka dots highlight one side while Route 66 highlights the other - it's really two aprons in one. There's only one place to get your kicks in this Route 66 apron - the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show! Come early, it's bound to sell quickly.

Another Reversible Apron

Another reversible Route 66 apron by Karen Breen James, great granddaughter of the original Judge Peter Breen. One more chance to "get your kicks" - available only at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show!

Old Glory

Terry Cecchini, co-owner of Wishes and Wildflowers, a specialty shop located on Main in Tonopah, created this enchanting piece of patriotic folk art. How fitting to honor our flag by painting it on the back of a very old window, a window that has also endured the tests and trials of time. Old Glory -- the perfect way to put your patriotism on display!

Painting of the Belmont Courthouse

This enchanting representation of the Belmont Courthouse was painted by Central Nevada native, Bill Metscher. Bill grew up in Alkali Springs, Goldfield and Tonopah in the '40's and '50's and his passion for art and history shine through in this wonderful painting. If you share his passions, check out his illustrated memoir, "Growing Up in Central Nevada 1941 a 1959" available at

Nevada Pride Aprons

Aprons made by Connie Kretschmer are a perennial favorite at the Arts and Crafts Show and this year she sewed two of them for us! Connie's aprons are always wonderful but I think she outdid herself this year by combining beauty, practicality and Nevada pride all in one apron. Yes, there are two of these aprons but don't expect them to last long - Connie's aprons are always one of the first things to sell so come early if want to wear Nevada Pride in your kitchen!

Peavine Pickers Quilt

This is the kind of quilt that has one goal in life - to be infused with memories that come with being used. So take it to a Peavine Pickers concert or a football game or a picnic. Let it add some color to your couch but then use it to snuggle under or comfort a crying child. It's just 49" by 39" and pre washed and dried so go ahead use it, wash, repeat. If it's lucky, one day it will bear some stains and maybe even a hole - in other words, it'll be a scrapbook of good memories. Made by Colleen Rice, a North Dakotan living in Nevada for the last 21 years.

Princess Power Pillow

Know a princess? Then Colleen Rice sewed this 14" by 15" quilted top pillow for her! And here's the story behind it. On the island of Kauai, there are colorful wild chickens roaming everywhere followed by herds of tourists with cameras. But what small mammal intrigues Kauaians? Squirrels. Kauaians have to cross an ocean to see a squirrel and when spotted, they'll be pointing their cameras at them. So where do you think I found this fabric with a squirrel princess on it? You guessed it - the quilt shop on Kauai.

Another Squirrel Pillow

Know someone you want to encourage to dream big? Well, you could just let this squirrel do the talking.

RCA Victrola Hand Crank Phonograph

It's easier to play music on your phone or iPod but for an evening your guest will never forget, crank up your Victrola and foxtrot to the Ruby Newman Orchestra or steal a kiss while listening to True Love sung by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. That forever memory can be yours if you acquire this RCA Victrola at the Arts and Crafts Show.

Not many phonographs qualify as art - but the curves on this RCA Victrola's arm are as enticing as the curves of any Roman statue. This hand crank RCA Victrola is from the late 1920's or early 1930's and comes with three 78 rpm albums - including one with Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly on one side and Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly on the other. It also includes many needles because changing the needle every time you use it will make the records last longer. Simply turn the crank until it feels tight and it'll be ready to play. You'll probably need to crank it again after each record but that's a small price to pay for a forever memory..

Twenty-First Century Potholders

The technology of potholders has certainly advanced since Colleen Rice was in 4-H back in the '60's. It is now possible to get exceptional heat resistance from a non-bulky potholder. The key is two layers of Insul-Bright inside. Insul-Bright consists of polyester fibers needle-punched through a nonwoven substrate and through a reflective metallized film. According to the manufacturer, the fiber resists conduction while the reflective metallized film resists radiant energy. All I know is that I can grab a cookie sheet tight as I try to find the counter through my steamed up glasses. One caution - because of the metallized film, these potholders CANNOT be put in a microwave. Machine wash, warm. Tumble dry.

Once she started making these potholders, she couldn't stop so there is no need to get to the Show early for one of these. We have over 30 of them to sell!

"American Glory" Quilt

Janet Hawes of Oregon didn't expect to fall in love when she made her first foray into historical Nevada last year, but she fell for the Belmont Courthouse hook, line and sinker. Being raised in Massachusetts where school field trips included The Old North Church and Paul Revere's house, Janet understands the need to restore and preserve historical buildings like the Belmont Courthouse.

Janet wanted to help the Courthouse reach its former glory and as a quilting instructor with over 18 years' experience making quilts, she chose to quilt this incredible American Glory quilt and donate it to the restoration effort. An accomplished quilter, other Janet Hawes quilts have raised as much as $1,800 for charity.

Janet's love of the Belmont Courthouse and belief in its future is infused into American Glory. The quilt's vibrant colors and sharp contrasts are as exciting as July 4, 1876 when the Courthouse opened its doors. Belief in the Courthouse's restored future is inspired by the broad stripes of the briskly waving flag.

The patriotic theme of American Glory ensures that it will coordinate with any decor. American Glory is 67 1/2" wide and 85" long, but Janet gave it an immense vibrant and hopeful spirit, as vibrant and hopeful as the spirit of the Belmont Courthouse.

The American Spirit quilt will be part of the Arts and Crafts Show silent auction. The auction ends at 3:30 PM on July 4th but you need not be present to win.

Handcrafted Hunting Knife

This beautiful hunting knife handcrafted by Steve Dasch has a 5 1/2" blade, a carved antler handle and a well weighted feel. It will be one of several items that will be raffled off at the new Arts and Crafts Show Raffle. (As you have already seen, other items will be sold via the silent auction and many will have a cash price.

Raffle tickets for the Arts and Crafts Show Raffle can only be purchased at the Arts and Crafts Show and will sell for $5.00 each. Each item subject to the raffle will have a slotted covered bucket next to it. If you'd like a chance to win an item, buy and put your raffle ticket in that bucket. Or improve your chances by putting in several raffle tickets.

The Arts and Crafts Show Raffle drawing will be publicly held at the close of the Show and you need not be present to win. Winners will be announced at the Show and shortly thereafter listed at and the Friends of the Belmont Courthouse Facebook page.

Nobody really loses at the Belmont Courthouse Arts and Crafts Show Raffle. Sure, some lucky winning tickets will be pulled but every non-winner gets the satisfaction of helping further courthouse reconstruction.

We wish you all the best of luck in the new Arts and Crafts Raffle!

Big "C" Scarves

Whether the "Big C" in your life is camping or chemo - you may like this scarf. Colleen Rice is a lousy model (as is her dog, Itsy Bitsy) but she came up with this scarf pattern several years ago when her "Big C " was chemo. Not one for wigs, she redesigned the American Cancer Society version by making it bigger and completely out of absorbable cotton. Since then she's discovered that the scarf is also great for bad hair days or for keeping dirt out of your hair when cruising in the side by side. Five of them will be available at the show in the pictured fabrics.

Belmont Art Show Pin and/or Fridge Magnet

Looking for a Belmont souvenir? How about a combination Belmont Art Show pin and fridge magnet? Unless you have a pacemaker, rotate off the black plastic piece that contains three magnets and place it under your shirt directly behind the pin. When you're tired of wearing it, tape the magnets to the back of the pin and slap it on your fridge. Trust me, it will slap on - those magnets are powerful.

Available at the Arts and Crafts Show for a small price unless you're donating your arts or crafts to the Show - then please stop by and accept one as a small thank you gift.

Belmont Courthouse Bookmark

This laminated Belmont Courthouse bookmark succinctly explains the importance of preserving and restoring the Belmont Courthouse by quoting John Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath: "How will we know it's us without our past?"

Why preserve and restore the Belmont Courthouse? Because we better know who we are - our vision, our community spirit, our strength, our belief in the rule of law - by being in its hallowed halls. And future generations also deserve to better know who they are.

The artwork on the bookmark is an original needlepoint of the Belmont Courthouse done in 1991 by former Belmont part-timer, the late Margaret Leonard. Margaret and her late husband Chuck truly loved the Belmont community and the Belmont Courthouse.

The back of the bookmark contains another powerful quote by historical documentarian Ken Burns on the importance of preserving historical buildings like the Belmont Courthouse.

This bookmark will be available at the Arts and Crafts Show for free with a $30 purchase or else for a nominal amount.

Guess How Much I Love You Quilt

First came the famous children's book called, "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney; next came quilting fabric based on that book; and finally Colleen Rice made this 45" by 45" quilt. The book's key characters are bunnies and the backing is made from Minky which is as soft as a bunny. Even if you have no possible need for this quilt, stop by to pet the Minky backing. While you're there, take a look at the quilting which is done in the shape of hearts. So if your family already loves "Guess How Much I Love You" - they will probably like this quilt too. Or if you'll be needing a baby gift, think about giving this quilt along with a copy of the book. All the fabric has been pre washed and dried so it's ready for the frequent washing a baby's first quilt requires. Here's hoping that this quilt gets to achieve its goal of reminding some youngster of how much they're loved so often that one day far in the future, it shows signs of wear, has a few stains and is beloved.

Whimsical Chair

Feast your eyes on this fanciful fiesta of free wheeling whimsy. Soak in the delectable details that came from the creative mind and talented hand of Nevada native and celebrated artist, Donna Lage. Donna, a retired Washoe County teacher, has been visiting Belmont for over 40 years. She loves this place and its people and that love obviously came bursting forth to turn an ordinary straight back wooden chair into an artistic wonder. Both practical and bodaciously beautiful, this Whimsical Chair will be sold via silent auction.


This is just one example of the many incredible photographs that will be available at the Arts and Crafts Show. It takes a special eye to see and catch the beauty of the Toiyabe National Forest and photographer Larci Austin has that eye. Perhaps it's because her Nevada lineage goes back for generations. Perhaps it's because she loves to explore areas where most folks don't go. Whatever the reason, we're all lucky that she's willing to capture images of real Nevada and share her favorites with us.

We're also happy to announce that John and Pat King will again be donating framed photographs to the Arts and Crafts Show. John and Pat are celebrated for founding the art show and their work is always a perennial favorite. You will not want to miss the captivating photographs they are donating this year!

Bird House

This beautiful birdhouse was made by Tina Limon and donated to the Belmont Art and Craft Show. She was born and raised in Tonopah and is currently residing in Montana. Her great love of her home area inspired her to build this beautiful birdhouse with scenes from Belmont.