Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege hosts Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By KAYLA RIVAS kri­vas@star­

WYE MILLS — Ar­ti­sans and those fond of hand­made crafts and art gath­ered Sun­day, Oct. 8, at the 47th An­nual Cen­tre­ville Ro­tary Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

From wa­ter­color paint­ings, high end jew­elry and mo­saics, to cut­ting boards and Ja­panese braid mak­ing, the fes­ti­val brought to­gether an ar­ray of ar­ti­sans from Mary­land, Delaware and be­yond in the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sell­ing of art.

Ar­ti­sans were lo­cated in Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s Health Pro­fes­sions and Ath­let­ics Cen­ter (HPAC), the Caro­line Cen­ter and out­side, with food ven­dors, a bouncy house and mu­sic, too.

The fes­ti­val hosted close to 40 ar­ti­sans. Chair­per­sons of the Ar­ti­sans Fes­ti­val were Bob Hardy and Chris­tine Perkins.

The event’s fea­tured artist was Wende Wood­ham, a fiber artist from Kent Is­land, whose hand­crafted rib­bon wo­ven col­lages and ink paint­ings were on dis­play just in­side the HPAC’s en­trance.

“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 jew­elry.

The fea­tured judge was Pres­i­dent of Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts, Judy Wol­gast.

“She went one level above and be­yond to cre­ate th­ese won­der­ful but­tons,” Hardy said.

One of the youngest artists at the Fes­ti­val was Gra­ham Pas­cal Hutchins with Pas­cal’s Pic­tures, whose work on a va­ri­ety of medi­ums won praise from many ar­ti­sans present, es­pe­cially Pope Travers from Pope’s Leather.

Jew­elry De­signer and Artist Joyce Fritz Ritz with Souly Joyce said her work is driven by move­ment and en­ergy within us and the uni­verse.

As a line dancer, the artist said she dances the wire about the stones on a neck­lace.

Shawnee Holm­berg could be seen craft­ing ku­mi­himo, mean­ing “a gath­er­ing of threads.” This tra­di­tional Ja­panese braid­ing tech­nique can be used to hold the obi belt around ki­monos.

Artist Russ Orme’s in­volve­ment with the fes­ti­val dates back to the very first year, he said. Lo­cated in Eas­ton, his pen and ink on wood dis­play boasted fish, light houses and wa­ter scenery.

Mother Mary’s Bead Cre­ations dis­played a new trend with art resin, namely mo­saics with resin coat­ing. Cre­ations atop drift wood were also on dis­play.

Artis­tic Pho­tog­ra­pher Erika Lewis Forsythe had her pho­tog­ra­phy and puz­zles on dis­play. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture and

peo­ple, her pho­tog­ra­phy is from around the world, in places like France, Mex­ico and Ja­maica, to Maine and Wash­ing­ton D.C.

Kay Alt­son with Happy Hats Mary­land was also at the fes­ti­val, dis­play­ing the project that pro­vides wigs and hits to pe­di­atric pa­tients at cen­ters like Kennedy Kreiger In­sti­tute and Univer­sity of Mary­land (Bal­ti­more), Rut­gers Can­cer

In­sti­tute and Ne­mours/Al­fred I duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren (Wilm­ing­ton, DE).

Other ar­ti­sans present in­cluded Cathy Durham with Sew-Crazy Cre­ations (mark­ing her 25th year), Folk Art by Krissy, Jen’s Blends, Saw­dust and Lace, Gol­bets Ga­lore Glass­ware, L.L. Reed Willder­rbud­dies, Wil­low Oak, Wood and Cloth by Joe and Becky Hyla, Susie’s Cro­chet, John Mered­ith with hand­made de­coys, Donna’s Wreath De­signs, and even the State of Mary­land Lit­er­acy As­so­ci­a­tion, among many more.


It was Donna Granato’s first year at the fes­ti­val, with Donna’s Wreath De­signs.


Joan L. Brown with JLB De­signs won “Best in Show” for her hand­crafted but­tons.


David Mur­phy with Ch­e­sa­peake Water­col­ors dis­plays his art­work, which cap­ture the essence of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

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