Ro­tary Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val show­cases ar­ray of tal­ent

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

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.

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