Rotary Artisans Festival showcases array of talent
WYE MILLS — Showcasing an array of local talent, the 47th Artisans Festival, sponsored by the Centreville Rotary Club, was held at Chesapeake College, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.
The event hosted more than 50 artists from throughout Delmarva, along with an outdoor food court, wine tasting, YMCA children’s area and music by DJ New Beginnings.
The festival, which was free and open to the public, accepted donations to support the Rotary Club’s efforts with local scholarships, Rotary House, and contributions to International Wells for Ghana. Rotary members Bob Hardy and Christine Perkins were co-chairmen of the event.
Works by featured artist Wende Woodham of Stevensville were showcased as visitors entered the lobby of the Health Professions and Athletic Center on the campus. Woodham has a unique craft that creates pictures out of bits of ribbon. Her works have been displayed in exhibits across the state and private collections worldwide.
One of Woodham’s works in progress was brought with her, and she showed guests the process of creating one of her pieces. It was an honor to be asked to attend, Woodham said.
“It’s pretty neat to be the featured artist,” Woodham said. “That’s pretty special.”
Joan L. Brown with JLB Designs was awarded Best in Show for her hand-stitched button jewelr y.
The featured judge was Kent Island Federation of Arts President Judy Wolgast.
“She went one level above and beyond to create these wonderful buttons,” Hardy said of Brown.
Another local artist, 28-year-old Graham Pascal Hutchins, a graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School and Centreville resident, displayed his work to the public for the first time. Hutchins works in charcoal, chalk, pencil and watercolors, creating portraits that capture depth of emotion as well as landscapes.
Kay Altson with the Happy Hats Maryland Project also was at the festival, displaying her handmade whimsical hats and wigs that are provided to pediatric patients at centers like Kennedy Kreiger Institute and University of Maryland in Baltimore, Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Jersey and Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. Alston is from Kent Island and said she is excited to spread the word about her mission.
Artist Russ Orme’s involvement with the festival dates back to the first year, he said. Located in Easton, his pen and ink on wood display featured fish, light houses and water scenery.
Among others were works by John Meredith, decoy carver; Willderrbuddies, crocheted stuffed animals; Joan Orme, photography; and Robert Shaffer, hand cut stone jewelry.
The Rotary Club is looking forward to returning to Chesapeake College as the venue next year, Hardy said. Artists and visitors alike seem to enjoy the experience, he said, and the location has proven to be accessible to those in Queen Anne’s County and up and down the Shore.
Reporter Kayla Rivas contributed to this article.
Mary Kramer of Mother Mary’s Bead Creations shows her mermaid suspended in resin, a new type of art Kramer has created using bits of sea glass, sand and shells.
Crafted from quarter sawn sycamore, the dragon’s scales are unique to the wood’s grain, says artist Betty Mitchell of Sawdust and Lace.