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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact Trish Hesslein



For Immediate Release

Contact: Trish Hesslein, director of community relations
                            (860) 769-3876 – direct line
                            (860) 992-8705 – cell phone
                    – email

                        Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill
                      12 Anniversary Sale – Open to the Public!

Hartford, CT – Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill public sale on Saturday, Nov.
17, 2006 (10:00 AM – 4:30 PM) at Potter Hall located on the campus of Oak Hill at
120 Holcomb Street, Hartford. Just in time for the upcoming holidays and anticipation
of the cold winter season – extraordinary woven and quilted goods from Oak Hill’s
artisans made up of people with disabilities and seniors.

Sale items to be featured: hand woven chenille scarves, soft and vibrant normally $85.00
now $65 and under. For this season’s plaids, lustrous Tencel scarves will run $65 and
under. Various other soft textures and beautiful patterns will be featured at $50 or less.
Hand woven pullovers will be available as well as festive, beautiful shawls. This year
fleece jackets with hand woven collars will be featured for $95.

Also featured at this season’s sale: jewelry by Dennis Peabody; designer clothing and
accessories by Georgia Thomas; beaded jewelry by Jackie Bright of Bright & Airey
Designs; crocheted silver jewelry by Laura Gardner; unique cigar box purses by
Candace Mallot; funky small sculptures by Bill Healy; and others all for beautiful gift
giving while helping a worthy cause, Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill.

For the past 12 years, The Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill has transformed lives.
Marlis Gage, an Oak Hill artisan had this so say about the program, “After suffering my
stroke, I thought to myself, what I want to do with my life now? Watch TV? I don’t think
so! I know this sounds sappy, but the Hartford Artisans’ Center saved my life.” There is
a sense of pride, accomplishment and camaraderie that makes the center quite an
extraordinary place to be. It is a free therapeutic weaving and quilting program which is
offered to people with disabilities (including visual impairments) and seniors.

The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Inc, dba, Oak Hill is the largest private
nonprofit provider of services for people with disabilities in Connecticut. If you would
like to learn more, make a financial donation, fabric donation or volunteer, please call
(860) 242-2274 Ext. 3874 or

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