Lexi Boeger loves to spin a yarn, but you can trust every word she says when she speaks of her talent of turning sheep’s wool and goat hair into wearable works of art.
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Boeger, 39, will be demonstrating the art of spinning during the third annual Taste of the Foothills, set for Sunday, Oct. 20, at the historical Smith Flat House in Placerville.
The spinner-weaver will be joined by more than half-a-dozen other artists, who will share their gifts in a setting that includes exquisite local wines and delicious offerings from fine local restaurants. Seven wineries will pour during the autumn afternoon, with the event running from 1 to 4.
Among the wineries is Boeger Winery, where founder Greg and Sue Boeger’s daughter Lexi lives and maintains a spinning studio in the midst of art itself, the gorgeous grapevines and autumn-colored trees providing a setting sure to inspire creativity.
Taste of the Foothills is a benefit for Cedar Springs Waldorf School, where Lexi’s two children, Atom and Pixel, attend. So the chance to contribute to the fund-raising effort was a natural for mom Lexi.
“What I love about Waldorf is that the school encourages kids from kindergarten-on to embrace the arts, whether it’s cooking, woodworking, painting or spinning,” said Lexi as she showed the fascinating works that fill her softly lit studio that once was a distillery shed in the 1860s.
“All the arts improve hand-eye coordination and I think it’s great that the kids are offered such a curriculum,” she said.
Waldorf’s Lynn Morgan amplified the school’s philosophy.
“As a Waldorf school, art is infused throughout our curriculum. Waldorf schools are very hands-on in their approach and art is one of the ways to deepen the learning and engage our students in a beautiful and meaningful way,” the teacher said.