Lou Cable currently serves on two local boards whose missions are in the arts: Warren Players and the Allegheny Center for the Arts. Cable grew up as an original "coal miners daughter." She learned early how to create something from nothing, or very little. She has said, "I've also always had a love of learning and find it a wonderful challenge to teach myself and others."
Cable put herself through nursing school and was a registered nurse for years. Since she is retired she has more time for being creative.
Cable said her drive to be creative is definitely a family trait. One of her most memorable stories is about her grandmother. When her grandmother was in a nursing home, there was a display case for the patients' creations and they encouraged residents to sell them. She crocheted bunny pins and sold them for 50 cents. One day her doctor came in and said "Elizabeth, I understand that you are the one who makes the bunny pins. I'd like to buy one for my wife. How much are they?" She was very savvy and said "$1." Her grandmother was creative in more ways than one.
Lou is pictured at a directors workshop which was cosponsored by Allegheny Center for the Arts and Warren Players and led by John H. Moffett. Lou and those attending were able to learn a great deal about developing an effective practice schedule and how to have the actors make their characters come alive for the audience,
Lou Cable helps decorate a window for the annual Warren Christmas Walk. The Allegheny Tale Spinners of ACA and the HULA players of ACA presented stories and Christmas songs on their ukuleles that night.
These chairs are Lou’s latest effort to create things of beauty out of found and thought to be worthless objects. To the left the chair starts to take form and the finished chair is to the right.
While still practicing as a nurse, Cable was able to be creative on stage and as a director in Warren Players when they were on Water Street, and now at the Struthers's Library Theatre. After retirement, Cable continues to have a burning desire to learn about her craft and recently attended a director's workshop co-sponsored by Allegheny Center for the Arts and Warren Players and taught by John H. Moffett. Cable is also a member of the storytelling guild, Allegheny Tale Spinners, of the Allegheny Center for the Arts. She loves to spin a good tale. Being in theater and storytelling keeps Cable's creative spirit working.
Beyond performing arts, Cable loves to get her hands into creating physical things. She loves working with mosaics and with beads and making jewelry for men and women. Her latest creative work is with found objects: the ordinary chair. She finds the chairs on which she works in her garage sale wonderings. The chairs pictured were old bent wood chairs, which had absolutely no finish and were in need of some repair. She decided to teach herself how to do mosaic tiling and began by researching techniques. She found several books on the subject and did research online. She wanted the chairs to be usable indoors or out and so only bought products specified for outdoor usage. She starts her projects by repairing the chairs and then painting them with high gloss black paint. She purchases one-inch by one-inch tiles in assorted colors and tried laying them out in patterns, which she first designed. Cable then glues down each piece and allows them to dry several days to ensure their security. She then grouts the tiles and wipes them clean then again allows several days for the grout to cure. The chairs are then finished using a spray-on grout sealer, which she uses due to its ease of usage. The finished project gives her a great deal of satisfaction.
Cable feels that being involved with the arts is a way to keep one's mind active and the life juices flowing. She found that she could have a satisfying professional career and use her creative side through the performing arts. Being retired has not slowed her down. Her suggestion to others is to find some creative venture, study it well, do your best, and your best will continue to get better.