Chesapeake College hosts Artisans Festival
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.