June 27, 2020 ~ 9am-4pm
Free Entry ~ Rain/Shine
632 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
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Making life bright. B-Squared Tie-Dye offers fun, colorful clothing and accessories as well as workshops and parties
A family tradition for nearly 80 years combined, they have produced top of the line, Pennsylvania German inspired redware from traditional reproductions to their own designs. They create pieces ranging from handmade figurines to sliptrailed and sgraffitoed plates, vessels and slab built works of art. They constantly strive for perfection on every piece from their special orders to their one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces.
Tracy is a self-taught blacksmith artist who creates art from recycled materials. He uses, repurposes, or upcycles discarded material, old rusty tools and unique pieces of metal, then gives them a new life. He uses a forge, anvil, hand tools and where needed a welder. Just like in nature these creations are unique and no two are identical. His recent creations are stamped with a Celtic ruin meaning “Joy”. He hopes these unique creations bring “Joy” to you as much as they do to him.
BILL KASSEL FINE ART
Born in Chester County in 1951, Bill Kassel considers himself to be a Contemporary Realist. He started painting around the age of 12 and developed his interest in painting through his high school art classes. His passion for painting was fueled by other Chester Country arts and the works of Norman Rockwell inspired him. He also has a passion for Colonial Williamsburg and other historical sites. As an artist, he is inspired by everything around him. He is fascinated by the hidden color and textures that can be found in light and shadow. A primary goal of his art is to bring awareness to the wonderful world that surrounds us. He tries to capture this vision in his paintings so others can see the beauty as he sees it. His subject matter is primarily from the Chester, Berks and Lebanon County areas of Pennsylvania. While he sometimes works with acrylics & oil, his favorite medium is gouache because of its versatility. He mainly works with gouache and watercolors. A graduate of Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, his works are included in many collections throughout the east coast.
Gina Struebel specializes in one of-a-kind sculpted and woven wire art jewelry. Her pieces are inspired by nature and created to highlight the beauty of natural gemstones. She uses many different gauges of wire and cold fusion techniques such as coiling, weaving, wrapping and sculpting wire into beautiful one of kind wearable art jewelry. Her jewelry is handmade using natural gemstone and bead components, artisan custom cut cabochons, and copper, bronze, silver or gold wire along with handmade charms and findings. Her pieces have an elegant blend of traditional and contemporary designs, some delicate, some big and bold. She has been passionate about the arts all her life. Working in many mediums including drawing, painting, photography and graphic design. The love of design and art finally led her to working with metals, gemstones, beads and other mixed media components for jewelry.”I love the spontaneous nature of wire wrapping, I let the wire and gemstones (or mood) speak and guide me into what’s to come and finding the perfect balance in the final creation. Working with wire and metal has been a fascinating and rewarding journey; I have finally found my passion!”
BRUCE GARRABRANDT, ARTIST/AUTHOR
A self-taught artist who began with no talent for drawing, Bruce Garrabrandt’s passionate desire to learn the skills needed and his willingness to work through frustrations and setbacks, eventually enabled him to become a professional artist. He attended the University of Delaware as an English major and worked in Advertising after graduation, but his heart was not in the work. At age 36, he began a part-time business as an artist. Six years later, he jumped into it full-time and never looked back. He finds it fun to create “random acts of artistic nonsense” and is more convinced than ever that humor is our cosmic night-light because it touches emotions we all share. Writer O. Henry said that life consists of smiles, sniffles and sobs-with sniffles predominating. In Bruce’s own small way, he hopes to increase the percentage of smiles by offering his whimsical wildlife drawings as a partial antidote to the six o’clock news.
ALL WASHED UP GEMS
In her work, Lynn Anderson uses items often walked over or destined for the dustbin. Her main line of jewelry centers around genuine sea glass that has been sure, sand and salt-water tumbled for 50-100 years. All of her sea glass has been hand collected from beaches all along the Atlantic, and Pacific coasts of the United States as well as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, some island in the Caribbean and from bodies of water in Europe like the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Seas. Back in her studio in Southeastern Pennsylvania, she creates one-of-a-kind statement pieces – necklaces, pendants and earrings – each one being a unique creation. She sometimes mixes her sea glass with beads, often handmade by other artisans, and uses various wiring techniques. Another element that she uses in her jewelry is chipped or broken pieces of china and plates. She mostly works in vintage and older china, but modern plates sometimes “make the cut” too. She welcomes custom chipped work form people who want to preserve a small piece of their Grandmother or loved one for years to come. She designs jewelry for the woman who appreciates distinctive pieces and expects to be complimented on her accessories.
JESSIE’S CORNER CLAY
Patti Umlauf has been designing and sculpting with polymer clay for over 30 years concentrating on seasonal pieces. In the past few years, she has focused her polymer sculptin on Birds of Pennsylvania and Birds of the Eastern Shore. She does still offer sheep and miniatures.
PA TRADITIONAL FOLK ART CARVINGS
Gary Rosborough has been following in the tradition of those who have gone on before him by creating hand carved sculptures of birds, pigs, cats, dogs and much more. Gary is a juried member of the PA Guild of Craftsmen and has been selected for the Early American Life Magazine’s Directory of Traditional American Crafts for 2019. His designs have their foundations in Pennsylvania’s past carving masters and their contemporaries. You will find bird trees and other whimsical creations that are from his imagination with historical references from the past. The appeal of his folk art is in the indescribable features of the uniqueness, authenticity as well as the techniques that have been handed down from generations of those who have gone on before. More information and pictures can be found at www.PATradFolkArt.com.
Lori started making fused glass jewelry about five years ago after taking a class at a local bead shop. She was immediately hooked on the endless possibilities of what could be created. Lori works primarily with dichroic glass which is made by adding a thin film of metallic oxides to the glass, producing shifting colors depending on the angle of view. The glass for each piece is hand cut, kiln-fired to about 1400 degrees and then slowly cooled to produce the colorful and unique pieces shown. Recently, she has started to combine the dichroic glass with metals such as copper, silver or silver clay to add another dimension to the jewelry. All of her pieces are handmade – each one is unique – and sometimes a surprise!
Nancy Landis is a Lancaster county native who specializes in traditional Pennsylvania German Fraktu. This colonial art form began in the southeastern counties of Pennsylvania, and is a blend of European illuminated wrtiting and folk art imagery. Often, frakturs are created as certificates to commemorate births, baptisms, weddings or other life milestones. Other times they impart wisdom and humor or showcase genealogical history. Nancy met and fell in love with this art form during her years as a museum educator at Landis Valley Museum. She has been creating customized frakturs since 2004. Nancy uses traditional methods for her art; dip ink pen and watercolor on archival watercolor paper. She received her degree in art from Allegheny College and her teaching certification from Millersville University. Her artwork can be seen at www.NancyLandis.com.
MONOCACY HILL SOAP CO.
Featuring a large selection of handcrafted soaps, the finest ingredients are used in all of there products. All of their soaps include Goat’s Milk, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter for an extremely moisturizing bar of soap. They offer over 30 unique scents and some specialty soaps like Himalayan salt bars, beer soaps, shaving soap, wine scented soaps, Aloe Vera soaps and castile. All of their friends, family and customers describe their soaps as, “Awesome”.
VICTORIA LAWRENCE VISUAL ART
Acrylic, hand re-touched prints of Victoria’s original works of art.
Cathleen has been a freelance musician for over 20 years. She has provided musical entertainment for countless events from weddings to historical reenactments. Specializing in traditional Celtic music from the British Isles, she adds a touch of old world charm to any occasion. Cathleen also plays a penny whistle, hammered dulcimer, bodhran and other percussion instruments though the Celtic harp is her true love. She performs both as a solo artist and as a member of several ensembles and harp orchestra.
**Don’t forget to tip the musicians!**
Be sure the thank the musicians for sharing their talents. Your tips are welcomed and appreciated.