Artist of month collection reflects Fayette flight attendant's travels

| Sunday, April 8, 2012

A flight attendant from Merritstown and her collection of coffee mugs from around the world is the subject of the Fayette County Artist of the Month display.

Chome Horwat of Masontown has been a flight attendant for 25 years, and her travels have taken her all around and above the United States, as well as overseas.

"I have my favorite places," Horwat said about such locations as Dubai, New York City, San Francisco and Barcelona.

If it's her favorite place or from anywhere her job takes her, Horwat has memories of her visits and she has started a hobby of taking and collecting souvenirs from those places.

It started with refrigerator magnets, until she covered the total area of her refrigerator. She went on to collecting wooden toys, but that fell by the wayside as she went onto collecting decorative and different coffee mugs.

"I look for different types of shapes and colors," Horwat said. "I have about 50 altogether."

She has a mug from Guatemala that reminds her of climbing a pyramid with a group of people early in the morning to watch the jungle around them come to life and she has a George Harrison mug that reminds her of the Beatles tour she took while in England.

"Those places have great memories for me," Horwat said. "The mugs have stories."

Even though Horwat has traveled around the world approximately three times, she still has a bucket list of mugs she wants to collect from places she wants to visit, such as South Africa and Russia.

If Horwat does complete her mug list, a new collection pursuit is emerging.

"I'm starting to collect pillow cases now," Horwat said.

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