Wood turner fea­tured at Ar­ti­sans Fest

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The 45th Cen­tre­ville Ro­tary Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val will be back in town at the 4-H Park Oct. 1 and 2. This year’s fea­tured artist is Tony De Masi, who has been a hobby wood­worker for more than 25 years and has been in­volved in wood turn­ing since 2006. His goal is to pro­vide peo­ple with a wide va­ri­ety of wood turned items that are made to be used and to be ap­pre­ci­ated as art.

De Masi takes great pride in cre­at­ing var­i­ous pieces, in­clud­ing bowls, hol­low forms, plat­ters, pens, bot­tle stop­pers and other items. Asked about his work, he stated: “I re­ally love to turn bowls. I find it ex­tremely re­ward­ing to cre­ate some­thing that some­one else will use in their lives.”

In ad­di­tion to De Masi’s work, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture artists from the sur­round­ing Del­marva Re­gion. Avail­able for pur­chase will be orig­i­nal paint­ings, pot­tery, bas­ketry, stained glass, wood carv­ings, jew­elry, fiber art, pho­tog­ra­phy and more.

Along with De Masi, the Cen­tre­ville Ro­tary hopes to make this year’s event mem­o­rable. The Fes­ti­val is one of the largest and most di­verse of the East­ern Shore craft and ar­ti­sans fairs. An at­trac­tion for fam­i­lies may be the Chil­dren’s Cor­ner (fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren) with pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing, face paint­ing, scare­crow mak­ing, and train and hay wagon rides.

An added at­trac­tion to pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals, “Touch-A-Truck” will be back with an as­sort­ment of trucks and ve­hi­cles of­fer­ing chil­dren a hand­son op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore work­ing trucks of all types.

Ad­mis­sion is free to the fes­ti­val, but there will be small fee for the Chil­dren’s Cor­ner to cover ex­penses. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted at the gate and pro­ceeds from this an­nual fundraiser go to sup­port lo­cal youth schol­ar­ships, op­er­ate a re­gional shel­ter for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, par­tic­i­pate in the ro­tary world­wide project to erad­i­cate po­lio, Life­line Wells for Ghana, a clean wa­ter project in Africa, and sup­port of other lo­cal char­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.Cen­tre­villeRo­tary.org or con­tact Judy Friis at 410-827-8200 or Chris Perkins at 410-978-0198.

TONY DE MASI

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