You know the experience of going to an arts and crafts festival and wondering, “how in the world do they do that?” Of course, the answer is that many artists and artisans hone their craft for years, dedicating themselves to their studios and workshops in order to create objects of true beauty. And usually, we don’t get to see that process—the way that artists transform raw materials like wood or wool or silver into fantastically crafted works of art. But at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 25-27, 250 amazing artists will have finished works available for sale, but among those will be artists showcasing some pieces that have just begun, in order to give viewers a rare glimpse into the artistic process. There will be live demonstrations by master craftspeople in the process of creating all kind of usable, artistic objects.
“Visitors see the beautiful end result of what artists create in their studios,” said Deann Verdier, President of Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. “At the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, we bring that process to visitors through live demonstrations so they can fully appreciate the artists’ talents and see the creations evolve from ideas to completion. And those completed works are perfect for springtime use and gift giving,” continued Verdier. Indeed, many of the works you’ll see both finished and created at Sugarloaf make perfect gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, and weddings. But you’re more than welcome to pick up a little something for yourself, of course.
Some of the artisans who’ll be doing demonstrations include Alan Uchin & Dale Norley, a husband and wife team with a combined 65 years of jewelry design experience who make jewelry using rare fossils. You can also catch Marty Silverman, a master of the traditional craft of stone carving, and John Akkus, who uses a metal spinning lathe to shape and stretch metal into functional forms including jewelry, decorative plates and vases, candle holders and keepsake boxes. There will also be gourmet treats for sale and easy listening tunes from pianist Ngu Mbundi and guitarist Chris Wilson. Costumed storytelling from Middle Earth Studios makes the show a great destination for families. And of course the amazing level of artistry makes it a must-see for anyone.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, located at 2200 York Road, in Timonium, Md. For more information, visit www.sugarloafcrafts.com.
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