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CAPE GAZETTE, Thursday, December 24 - December 30, 1998 - 41 Lewes artist contributes to White House Christmas tree Above, fabric artist Pat Sta- by-Rogers and her husband Steve Rogers visit the White House to view the tree that is now home to her snowwoman. Also an artist, Steve Rogers builds ship models in the Mar- ket Street Gallery and studios that he shares with his wife. No lumps of coal for eyes or carrot nose here, below, a blue-eyed snowwoman dressed in a fashionable tutu is one of 100 snow people that grace the tree in the Blue Room of the White House. By Rosanne Pack Long before there was a threat of frost in the air on Delmarva, Lewes fabric artist Pat Staby- Rogers was building a snowman, or in her case, a snowwoman. The frothy little Frosty was cre- ated at the request of Gov. Tom Carper'soffice and her destina- tion was the official White House Christmas tree that stands in the Blue Room. Staby-Rogers is one of 100 artists throughout the na- tion asked to create an ornament following this year's theme of "snowmen." Each year, governors are asked to chose two artists from their states to provide ornaments for the Blue Room tree. Staby-Rogers earns her living creating pillows and other works of fabric art that depict a variety of subjects, including cosmic bun- nies that fly amongst the stars, cats that court with gifts of fat fish, dowager society queens feasting on bonbons and even yuppie couples enjoying steaming coffee while they peruse the pages of tarty tabloids. Her decorator pillows have been sold nationwide and some collectors return yearly to see the new designs and make a purchase. Although snowmen and other soft sculptures are not usually on her professional agenda, Staby- Rogers was delighted to be asked to represent Delaware with her work, and to be invited for an artists' tour of the White House. However, she couldn't help putting her own spin on the snow- person that she would send to the official tree. Giving her a tapered shape and a coquettish tilt to her head, Sta- by-Rogers dressed her snow- woman in a ballet-pink tutu and crowned her with a froufrou of airy white feathers. Iridescent se- quins accent the outfit and she gazes at the business of the nation through wide-open blue eyes. A silver snowflake marks her nose above her bright red pursed lips. "It's not the traditional snow- man by any standards, but thaCs what came out when I started," Staby-Rogers said. "My daughter is a dancer with the Pacific North- west Ballet so I guess it was natur- Continued on page 44 Lowe's brary for the homeowner. And if you don't see what you want, be- cause even Grennan concedes there may be one or two items that aren't on the shelves, Lowe's can order it for you. There's a full lawn and garden center and ev.en a four-seasons room. Designed to change with the seasons, the room will house sea- sonal displays, ranging from plants in the summer to Halloween decorations, Christmas trees ,or garden tools in the spring. Continued from page 40 company officials have said they expect to try to sell the facility. The new Lowe's carries a full range of tile, lumber, plumbing and electrical supplies, furnish- ings, tools and even Oriental rugs. There is a tool area known as "tool world," expected to be the envy of every man who ever sawed a plank or lifted a hammer. There is a full do-it-yourself li- ...... . .:.., r Imprvements Roofing Siding Windows Decks "Specializing in Maintenance FREE EXTERIORS" All Types of Repairs Licensed & Insured Senior Citizen Discount FREE ESTIMATES 947-1050 Submitted photos Norwest Mortgage, Inc. 4321 Highway One Rehobolh Beach, DE 19971 Direct (302) 226-1863 Office (302) 227-5700 Toll Free (888) 217-5700 Fixed & adjustable rates Home construction loans Low interest rate refinancing Free loan pre-approvals Call me for an update Jeff Thornburg Account Executive on mortgage rates and terms! m  mw. America's Largest Lender wish you Happy Holidays and a Safe, Healthy & Prosperous New Year! Lee Ann Linda, Thank you for your support and friendship. Prudential  Gallo Realty 1322 Kings Hwy.. Lewes 645-6661 (800)-321-3839