The Art of Crafts

An­nual Art and Craft Mar­ket­place show con­tin­ues to­day in Eas­ton

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­

EAS­TON — It’s not too late to get a chance to en­joy the Art & Craft Mar­ket­place, a part of the Christmas in Eas­ton cel­e­bra­tion this week­end only at the old Ar­mory, the Wa­ter­fowl Fes­ti­val build­ing on Har­ri­son Street.

Held for the first time and spon­sored in part­ner­ship with the Eas­ton Busi­ness Al­liance, the show has an eclec­tic mix of well-known and sea­soned ar­ti­sans with a few new­bies to the arts and crafts world, and ev­ery­body in be­tween — 37 crafts­men in all.

There are fresh wreaths, swags and flow­ers, pot­tery, jew­elry, mo­saics, photography, oil and wa­ter­color paint­ing, sea glass art, tote bags, can­dles, painted fur­ni­ture, large drift­wood sculp­ture and more.

Fri­day evening it was stand­ing room only as pa­trons filed through, anx­ious to get a look at the good­ies.

“It’s been a great crowd. We’ve had a good night,” Su­san Lang­fitt, who is one of the show’s or­ga­niz­ers, said.

Fri­day evening art lovers en­tered the build­ing dec­o­rated as a win­ter won­der­land, with snowflakes

flut­ter­ing from the ceil­ing and star-cov­ered hol­i­day trees. Lo­cal artist Mag­gii Sar­faty had a hand in the dec­o­ra­tions. Hol­i­day mu­sic by lo­cal singer Emma My­ers cre­ated an am­biance.

She said the idea for putting on the show was a col­lab­o­ra­tion with mo­saic artist and Ou­vert gallery owner Jen­nifer Wag­ner.

Be­tween the two of them, she said, they know lots and lots of artis­tic peo­ple.

“We are just a re­ally good team. We found peo­ple who com­pli­mented each other, re­ally,” Lang­fitt said.

She said once the word got out amongst the ar­ti­sans, they had more than they could house, and a wait­ing list formed.

“Jen and I worked re­ally hard in not hav­ing too much rep­e­ti­tion,” she said of the mul­ti­far­i­ous blend of types and medi­ums. She said there was a wide va­ri­ety of styles and price ranges, so ev­ery­body could come and do some shop­ping.

The ven­dor prices were con­sid­er­ably low for an in­door show, she said, with those pro­ceeds go­ing to rent the space and pay for ad­ver­tis­ing.

Fri­day evening there were tast­ings of­fered by Lyon Dis­tillery and beer and wine were avail­able.

There are a few non-prof­its in the show.

Tal­bot Men­tors was present on Fri­day tak­ing do­na­tions and on Satur­day they had a cafe fea­tur­ing their “smoothie bike” which was ped­aled to power the smoothie blender.

Crash­box Theatre sang and sold cook­ies on Satur­day, Tal­bot Youth Travel op­er­ated a wrap­ping pa­per sta­tion, and there was a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by Santa.

As of Fri­day evening, Wag­ner and Lang­fitt were al­ready think­ing about next year, with left­over funds be­ing kept at the Mid-Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

“I think peo­ple are re­ally hav­ing fun tonight,” Lang­fitt said. “I’ve seen a lot of peo­ple out that I don’t nor­mally see.”

The show con­tin­ues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day. Christmas in Eas­ton’s events in­cluded Moon­light Mad­ness shop­ping through­out the town’s busi­ness his­toric busi­ness dis­trict Fri­day with raf­fles, live en­ter­tain­ment and car­ol­ing; pic­tures with Santa at Bul­litt House; “A Very Slam­bo­vian Christmas” in the Avalon Theatre’s Stolz Lis­ten­ing Room; the Eas­ton Hol­i­day Pa­rade on Satur­day; “Eileen Ivers Joy­ful Christmas” at the Avalon Theatre; Break­fast with Santa at the Tide­wa­ter Inn; and free horse-drawn car­riage rides spon­sored by the Tide­wa­ter Inn.

The Tide­wa­ter Inn’s free car­riage rides will con­tinue from 3 to 6 p.m. on Satur­days, Dec. 9 and 16 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, Dec. 30 and 31.


Trip­per Show­ell en­joys mu­sic made by the Eas­ton High School cho­rus Fri­day evening dur­ing the Art and Craft Mar­ket­place in Eas­ton.

Drift­wood sculp­tures by Calvert County artist Larry Ring­gold cre­ate a cen­ter­piece dur­ing the Art and Craft Mar­ket­place this week­end in Eas­ton.


Ar­ti­san Larry Hoff­man, left, of Boz­man sells his il­lu­mi­nated cre­ations at the Art and Craft Mar­ket­place this week­end.

Nau­ti­cal hol­i­day trees and paint­ings fea­tur­ing mer­maids by Tal­bot County artist Mag­gii Sar­faty are among the of­fer­ings at the Art and Craft Mar­ket­place this week­end.

Nau­ti­cal hol­i­day trees and paint­ings fea­tur­ing mer­maids by Tal­bot County artist Mag­gii Sar­faty are among the of­fer­ings at the Art and Craft Mar­ket­place this week­end.

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