Title: Beaded Leather Pouch
Artist: Edward Dunwiddie
About the artist: Dunwiddie, a 71-year-old Jefferson City native who moved to Columbia in 1974, is a full-time volunteer at Truman Veterans Hospital. He said art is something he’s always enjoyed — it is what he does in his free time, and it keeps him going.
Aside from the veterans hospital’s competition, Dunwiddie said, he doesn’t enter his art in many contests. Although he won in nine categories, including watercolor and acrylic, it’s something he does for fun, not for competition. His family benefits from his participation, too, he said, because they usually are the recipients of his artwork. As for the pouch, he’d like to keep it, but he said, “One of my daughters will probably wind up with it.”
About the work: Dunwiddie, a local Navy veteran, took his award-winning artwork to Salt Lake City in early October for exhibition at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He received the leather pouch as a gift through the Help Hospitalized Veterans program. From there, the creative work was all his own. He decorated the pouch with small silver discs, called conchos, silver studs, bone pipe beads and a web-link belt as a strap. The pouch marks the artist’s 21st medal and 11th gold medal in his 14 years of competing.
— SARAH PARKS
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