CMS student loans unique collection to Cassville library

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A unique collection of horse figurines that belongs to 12-year-old Cameron Koehler, of Cassville, is currently on display at the Cassville Branch Library.

"I really like all the different designs on the horses," said Koehler, who is a sixth grade student at Cassville Middle School. "My favorite one is not part of my collection yet. It looks like an American flag. I really like patriotic stuff."

Koehler's collection features around a dozen figurines that are based on a public art project called "Horse Fever" that was conducted in Ocala, Fla., several years ago. He received the collectibles from a friend of the family, Juliet-Anne Boysen, of Cassville, last spring.

"She was having some trouble with her computer and my grandpa knows her so I went over and helped her fix her computer and she gave me the collection for helping her," said Koehler. "I also set her Internet program back up."

Boysen, who relocated to Cassville from California, has owned a business that sells Fenton glassware, Walt Disney pieces and other collectible items for around 20 years. Much of her merchandise is available for purchase on-line.

The Horse Fever collection features an assortment of designs created by various well-known artists from Ocala, Fla. The horse figurines in Koehler's collection feature mosaic and modern art designs.

"Right now, I keep the collection in storage so that it doesn't get broken," said Koehler. "Later, I plan to get a display cabinet."

In addition to collecting limited edition figurines and repairing computers, which he learned by using a computer at home, Koehler enjoys spending time with his sisters and cousins. He is the son of Kandi and Gregg Yockey and Artie Koehler.

Koehler's Horse Fever Collection will be on display at the Cassville Branch Library, located at 301 West 17th St., through November. Library hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The library staff continuously looks for individuals interested in loaning collections for display. For more information or to discuss loaning a collection, call Connie Schieler, branch supervisor, at 847-2121.

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