The Hobbit Marionettes Made by Bill Johnk

Clay Evans and Bill Johnk show us Bilbo
Clay Evans and Bill Johnk show us Bilbo

On this evening Clay Evans arranged for artist Bill Johnk to visit Grey Havens to tell how he brought The Hobbit to life long ago with his wonderful marionettes.  When Clay was a youth in Boulder, Colorado in 1974, he attended one of Johnk’s performances.  That enchanted evening stayed with Clay through the decades that followed, and in 2012 he interviewed Johnk and wrote an article about his Hobbit artistry. So it was a very special privilege for Grey Havens to hear Bill’s moving tales of how he created these marvelously sculpted magic marionettes, and how he tragically lost them.

Johnk Marionettes

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