He found a pink print material and bleached it, stained it and beat it with a rock. He collected locust tree thorns to hold the hairnet in place -- just as Scarlett would have done during the lean years. He went to a local junk shop looking for metal to make the gun Scarlett shot the Yankee with; owner Bill Bailey carved a wooden weapon instead.
For the other dolls, Ballard sewed outfits based on fashion plates from 19th-century magazines such as Harper's Bazaar.
In his Peterstown apartment, he pointed to one doll headed to the Butler museum. The doll is dressed in an all-white dress with four layers trimmed in scalloped lace. He copied it from a drawing in a fashion book. The caption reads, "Morning dress, suited to a watering-place breakfast table." Presumably, it was a White Sulphur Springs-caliber watering hole.
Ballard has given much of his collection of fashion books to Concord University and to West Virginia University.
He also gave two Monroe County landscapes to the West Virginia and Regional Library Center at WVU.
To Westminster College, in Fulton, Mo., he has donated personal items relating to his close friendship with Sarah Churchill, such as the pen-and-ink drawing she did of her famous father, Winston, driving a convertible.
He and Churchill were good friends with the painter Lobo Nocho, and the works by him that Ballard owned have gone to the North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.
A portrait of Ballard by Joe King, a North Carolina artist, has passed on to Elon College, which has an extensive collection of King's paintings.
"I've spent the past two years giving it away," Ballard said of his possessions, although with every wall covered with paintings and photographs, it was hard to tell (some are copies of what has already been donated). "I just want to find a place for them where people will enjoy them."
On the advice of a friend, he contacted the Butler Institute about donating two landscapes by James M. Hart of the Hudson River school of artists. He sent them photographs, and in the background his own work was visible, and Zona inquired about them.
"I'm like a plucked chicken," Ballard joked.
Ballard said he has never sold any of his collection, and has an income that is sufficient for his convenient, low-cost lifestyle in Peterstown, where he retired to 17 years ago.
Before that, the 82-year-old Welch native had an eclectic career as a painter, teacher and costume designer and curator, living in such locales as Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.
"Everything I've done in museums and in the arts has been as a volunteer or donor. I've never been paid," he said.
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