Denver Adamstown Rotary Arts and Craft Festival
October 8, 2011 - Just a little North of route 76 and a little off route 222 is a little village with cobble stone streets built in a Bavarian style. But this little village has a big heart.
I'm at the Stoudtburg Village - Adamstown, PA In the middle of farm country, rolling hills, and great scenery is a very cool village. The residents live above their shops and sell their art during the day and have a very cool place to live at night. There are Antiques and Art dealers, Jewelers and Craftsmen. It IS an artist's community!
We were at another show earlier in the day and Rob will tell you about that one, but it was HUGE and we were there a long time. Then drove 2 hours to Adamstown.
The whole way over I was hoping the next show would be a little or a lot smaller. Well it was and I'll tell ya, it was relaxing and very easy on the eyes. The architecture was very cool to look at and parking was perfect.
The Show Promoter was the Denver Adamstown Rotary. This was the 3rd year for this show.
GS Designs: Gina Struebel Gina is a jeweler, a wire wrapper, and so much more. Her work is crisp and sharp. We see a favorite of wire wrappers called the "Tree Of Life" from time to time. Gina's version is Awesome!!! I went back twice to look at them. Gina is also a Juried member of the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen.
You will be able to see her at the PA Guild of Craftsman Juried Holiday Show www.rbcrafts.org/rbg.htm
deLyn's Gallery: Ok I'm going to step away from our normal way of doing things. deLyn has a Gallery of handmade works in all the crafts. He also has gadgets. My picture didn't show his teeth lighting up though. He also has Handmade "Green" items for sale in his shop. Very cool deLyn!
Another World Design: Amanda Squire We have been looking for Amanda for a while! She is a jeweler who works a little out of the norm. She makes some very different and standout jewelry. And she creates STEAMPUNK. We will try hard to get Amanda in the store in the very near future.
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East Hills Moravian Church - Holiday Craft Faire - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
October 1, 2011 - I drove from Atlanta, Georgia to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to spend a week meeting with Joel about Brothers-Handmade, and of course attending some quality craft and art shows.
If you're a regular reader of our blogs, you know that we primarily go to bigger shows promoted by multi-venue promoters - the Howard Alan, Rose Squared, American Craft Council, etc. shows that typically attract quality traveling Artists and Craftsmen. Once in a while, we like to stop in at the local "once a year" shows to keep our finger on the pulse of the local scene.
The East Hills Moravian Church Holiday Craft Faire created and promoted by Louise Snyder has been going on for 10 years now - a positive sign for sure. Walking through the labyrinth of rooms and display halls, we are clearly attracted to several stand-out Artists and Craftsmen among the 70 or so Exhibitors. People Like:
Ronald Glitzer - For 25 years, Ronald has been designing beautiful multi-varietal wood jewelry boxes. Ronald's work is both beautiful and interesting as he creates a 3-D affect with his choice of wood colors and layout. I especially liked his tumbling blocks designs.
Mette Bjerregaard Gaardbo of MBGdesign - really was drawing a crowd - and we found out why. Originally from Denmark, Mette has been honing her skills in an Italian clay art form called "Millefiori". Very basically, it involves rolling canes or cylinders of clay that have a design inside, like flowers. Mette cuts very thin slices of these flowers and attaches them to balls of clay (beads), and fires them (pictured at top). Quite unique and beautiful. Hopefully you'll hear and see more of Mette on Brothers-Handmade.
Nancy McGowan - Soap by Nancy - Almost all handmade soaps provide the buyer with a luxurious feel and wonderful scent of their choosing. But only a few really look great as well. Count Nancy's soaps in the "look great" category. And she says that the scent will last throughout the entire life of the soap.
Jane Moyer of Moyers Country Baskets - Intricate and beautiful, Jane's baskets display both colorful and interesting patterns. Holding a Jane Moyer basket, one readily feels the strength of a well weaved basket. Wonderful for decorating and organizing in the home, neatly holding newspapers, books, or hand towels.
Through our visits to fairs and festivals throughout the United States, Brothers-Handmade strives to bring wonderful creations from craftsman in one small town, to people living in some other part of the country.
On to the next festival we go. Until then remember, the most unbelievable things are out there if you just have a look. Visit fine craft and art shows and Brothers-Handmade.com often, and
"Come See What Amazing Things Your Neighbors Are Making"©
Yellow Daisy Festival - Stone Mountain, Georgia
September 12, 2011 - The Yellow Daisy Festival, which celebrates the blooming of the Confederate Yellow Daisy found all around Stone Mountain, has never disappointed me. With 400 Artists and Craftsmen, and an estimated 200,000 visitors over its 4 days, this 43rd year of the Yellow Daisy Festival is certainly one of the largest arts and craft festivals in the Southeast.
And there is a huge variety of crafts on display including Jewelry, Glass, Leather, Metal, Painting, Mixed Media, Wood, Musical, Paper, Games/Toys, and Plants to name a few. And there is strict adherence that all items are created by the artist, who must be onsite during the entire festival.
An interesting pattern that tends to play out is that although the crowds are a little lighter on the first days (Thursday and Friday), the buying is higher. These first visitors are there to buy, according to several artists I spoke with. Lots of yellow bags filled with handmade items were in transit as I walked the series of paved loops through the woods. Also, many ladies were pulling rolling carts to ease the effort. And once again, each year I'm amazed at the number of metal wind vanes decorated with college logos, and other fabricated ornaments being carried out of the festival.
From my observation, Jewelry seemed to draw the biggest crowds, followed closely by brightly colored pet accessories, and pottery. A few standouts for me included:
The pottery of Helen Helwig - Helwig Studio (pictured) - one of my faves! Helen's work is of the utmost quality, with beautiful designs and glaze colors, all decorated with a contrastingly colored dragon fly.
When I mentioned the brightly colored pet accessories, I'm referreing to the very poplular works of three artists I met at this years festival.
Folks, the most unbelievable things are at your local fine art or craft shows if you just have a look. Also visit Brothers-handmade.com often, and
- Bill and Monica Fulcher - A Hot Dog on a Leash I'm still picturing one lady inside this display tent with about 10 collars in her hand trying to decide on which to purchase. I think she was going to be leaving with at least half of them.
- Jill Larrabee - Persnickety Pup had a wonderful collection of accessories. Each one carefully designed and sewn by Jill. I'm hoping to get some of her pieces on display in the BH store.
- Leslie and Kacie Hoostal - Posh Pets Sweetpeas I actually blogged about these ladies last year from the Grant Park show.
- And I always love the Wood Handmade Puzzles of Dave and Gym Janelle - Creative Crafthouse. the variety of interesting and beautifully crafted wooden puzzles is as mind boggling as are the solutions to these brain teasers.