Face to Face: Artist Vickie Hover
Name: Vickie Hover
Born: Manatou Springs, Co.
Family: Husband, Jim. Two grown children, Craig and Heidi, and two grandchildren.
Dream job as a child: Growing up, Vickie Hover knew she wanted two things a ranch and some horses. How to achieve that dream was another question.
At a young age, hover was interested in becoming a makeup artists in Hollywood. She admired the makeup the stars wore to portray different characters and found that she had a talent for it. So, she applied to Warner Brothers Pictures. What she got in response to her application didn't entirely surprise her, given that she knew the challenges women faced in the movie making industry.
"I got the letter back and it said something to the effect of they wouldn't hire a woman," Hover said.
Hover continued to utilize her talents as she got older, although her Hollywood hopes faded.
Digging deeper: Hover has lived in Shawnee for years and owned Vick and Andra's Shack across Nieman Road from Shawnee City Hall for three years. She has designed art and clothing that has been sold at 33 stores in both Kansas and Colorado.
Recently she has been making house gnomes out of clay and hand-woven wool. She uses her talents with makeup and design to create unique and expressive faces for her gnomes. She gives each of them names and back stories to go with their personalities. The wool she uses is from local goats, sheep and alpacas.
"Everything is from here locally," she said.
Some of her gnomes are on display at Lenexa's city hall.
With the success of the Kansas City Royals baseball team this year, Hover has begun making personalized "Royals gnomes" that are supposed to represent each of the players. She has been using her hand-dyed wool to decorate them in blue and white and has a good collection of about a dozen now.
"I create each individually because of the that the players is different," Hover said.
She said family and friends have seen the small gnomes and have requested that she make some for their houses. The attention gave Hover the idea of marketing the gnomes to the public. So, she created an Etsy website account where she showcases her gnomes called Vickie Hover Creations. The gnomes take about four hours to create and go for about $35 each. Hover's work will also be on display at the Creative Hand Show and Sale at Old Shawnee Town Hall on Nov. 21 and 22.