Central Campus Hosts PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Fine Arts and Crafts Fair

by Diane VanDyke

Attendees enjoy last year's festival.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s most popular outdoor/indoor art festival, the Fall Fine Craft Fair, will be held at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s fair showcases a harvest of beautifully hand-crafted work by more than 70 talented artisans. From sculptured ceramics to colorful blown glass to finely finished jewelry, the fair includes an array of items to please many styles and tastes.

Featured artists this year include Michael Reimer and George Balock, among several others. Reimer practices the art of Gyotako or Japanese fish printing. The process was originally used to record species of fish and then evolved into an art form. Balock, a self-taught, master wood-turner, focuses on form, function and presentation with his woodwork. 

In addition to the numerous crafts, the festival includes Craft Hour Morning Workshops teaching decorative stitching and tatted lace and more than12 live demonstrations. Demonstrators include Ed Youtz sharing his woodturning skills, Karen Wychock explaining the history and process of weaving traditional Shaker baskets and Elizabeth Zipay showing her techniques in tatting. Other demonstrations include painting with texture, sgraffito, theorem painting and fine metal jewelry.

Tickets are $7 for adults. Pa. Guild members and children 12 years and under are free. Tickets purchased in advance online are $5. The fee to participate in the workshops is $50. For more information and to purchase tickets or get coupons for $1 off admission at the door, visit www.pacrafts.org.

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