OJR Friends Of The Arts 34th Annual Craft Show set for this weekend – The Mercury

The 34th Annual Owen J. Roberts Friends of the Arts Craft Show will be held on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Owen J. Roberts High School. Shown here is Pam Cummings.

The 34th Annual Owen J. Roberts Friends of the Arts Craft Show will be held on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2, from 10 a,m. to 4 p.m. at the Owen J. Roberts High School, near the corner of Routes 23 and 100. This upscale arts and crafts show is always the opening feature of the spring craft season.

The show features more than 80 craftspeople displaying an excellent array of unique contemporary and traditional crafts. All exhibitors have been juried on the quality of their craftsmanship, uniqueness of their trade and the overall aesthetics of their display booths. Artisans from our state and local guilds will be represented. Displayed crafts will include stained and leaded glass, metal work, theorem painting, photography, silversmith work, wheel thrown pottery and wearable fabric art. Stoneware, watercolor, leather goods, folk art painting, handbags, chalk ware, wood turning, hand-made soaps and fiber art will also be represented.

Returning artists, to name a few, are: Judy Horning & Sue Benfield, Penna. Dutch Rugs hand-woven rag rugs; Chris Murray, French Creek Decoy Shop – bird carving, feather pins & boxes; Cynthia Underhill, My Point of View scenic photography; Margaret Almon & Wayne Stratz, Nutmeg Designs mosaics & stained glass; Regina Ewer, Regina Marie Designs sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry; Michael McNelly, McNelly Fine Arts nature and American Indian art; Jan & Gary Fulton, Fulton Design Studio art quilts & table linens; Terri Palmer Signs; Susan Pillay hand painted childrens clothing; Karen Myers, Emajinit hand painted gourds; Gail Hughes, Copper Horse Creations jewelry with found objects and Constance Brooks, Little Fairy Friends mixed media dolls & figurines.

Newly displaying artisans this year include: Janice Cline Batiks; Jeff Stokes Early American Barn Paintings; Carol Heisler, Lorac Designs Quilts; Clifford Nevin Painted Cut Paper Art; Richard Summons Cold Cast Bronze Reliefs; Gale Fritch, pieced, llc colorful quilted and pieced fabric and paper creations.

A new vendor in the show is Camphill Soltanes textile design enterprise. The workshop provides a collaborative environment for their resident artists, some with developmental disabilities, to produce their own line of hand-woven and screen printed clothing and household dcor items.

Also returning this year is Richard Aldorasi of ebru richsilk designs with his interactive art experience of ebru, or Turkish marbeling, on silk. Customers are able to use the wide variety of colors and tools to design and print their own unique silk scarf creation.

Unique and wonderful craft items will once again be donated by the crafters for raffles that continue throughout the two-day show.

Luncheon will be available to purchase on both days from Bause Catered Events of Pottstown. A Dinner-To-Go menu will also be available. The OJR Educational Foundation award-winning vegetarian Cashew Chili will be available to purchase as well as homemade breads, soups and desserts.

All admissions and raffle proceeds from the show will benefit the students of the Owen J. Roberts School District. The OJR Friends of the Arts fund a large variety of student activities including trips to museums, artist-in residence programs, Art Goes to School presentations and support for theater productions in the schools. The Friends of the Arts also sponsor annual scholarships awarded to graduating senior students who plan to further their studies in the performing and visual arts.

Craft Show tickets are available at the door on the days of the show. Adult admission is $5. Admission is free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. Look for $1-off discount coupons in your local newspapers, businesses and on the Owen J. Roberts website: www.ojrsd.com Click on the Craft Show link on the Home page to print a coupon or review the full list of exhibitors.

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