Follow the crowd to the Wild Wind Folk Art & Craft Festival to help us celebrate the show's 35th anniversary and share the excitement of this impressive milestone. Individuals of the area and beyond have supported this endeavor for many years and it is a reason to give a nod to the steadfastness of festival goers who have made it a pure delight for the organizers to provide them with a pleasurable and worthwhile event.
This year's show will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7, at the Warren County Fairgrounds, Pittsfield, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
"Handmade things will feed your soul," said coordinator Liz Allen, "because everything has a story of the maker and then the story of the person who receives the work. This market place is not a deadening box store environment, but rather a cultural exchange. Arts and crafts seem to bring people an enriching shopping experience that offers unique and fresh designs made by independent artisans."
Carved gourds by Nancy and John Chlpka
Muttley Crew Flying Dogs
Artwork by Jeri Landers, Guest Artist
The festival's guest artist this year will be familiar to those who lined up to buy her childrens' books in the past and an added pleasure for those who have yet to see her work. Jeri Landers, a self-taught artist, has been using the craft of sherenschnittie, otherwise known as sissor cutting, for more than 25 years as the basis for her artwork. As a lover of history, animals and nature, she merges these elements in her work and believes the cutting offers a signifiant depth to a piece of art when combined with water colors. Jeri is an award-winning author/illustrator of three children's books. Her third book Mamsey Bear and Mopkin, will be available at the show. Inspiration for her talent surrounds her on a historic Tennessee farm, where multiple gardens and animals dwell in perfect harmony. Check her website: www.hopalonggreetings.com.
Add 140 more talented artisans to the mix, along with live musical entertainment, Dan Hunt and the Turnstiles of Cincinnati on Saturday and Sue Tillotson and the Bonie Loch Fiddlers of Jamestown, N.Y., on Sunday, a large selection of delicious foods, demonstrations, animal zoo and pony rides, birds of prey exhibit and lectures, and a scarecrow contest, which is open to public participation, will be a fabulous addition to the whimsical nature of the entire show The entrants will line the walkway, and cash prizes will be awarded to those who the judges determine to be the winners. First place is $240; second place, $100; and third place $50. Contact Liz Allen at 688-6909 for contest information no later than Aug. 30.
"When you come to the Festival, you have given yourself the gift of a day or a weekend where you can have fun, relax, be inspired, and simply enjoy a good old-fashioned outing for the entire family to experience together," Allen said. "It is said that 'folk art has its roots in surviving every day life with a wink to worries'."
The festival will be held rain or shine. Those who attend Saturday can return Sunday free of charge. For further information, visit www.wildwindfestival.com or call 688-6909 or 688-1516.
Among the artists featured will be the pottery of Paula Coats and the work of Marcia Merrins.
"Our creative sides were on the backburners of our lives until fairly recently," they shared. "We met during a class at Mudslingers in Fredonia, N.Y., and the door to the ceramics world and a fast friendship opened."
For Marcia footed bowls become a palette for whimsy as well as beloved personalities. Her sculptured animals bring smiles. Creatively embellished raku faces make unique pendants.
For Paula raku sculptured birds posed on Lake Erie driftwood offer visual delight. Intricate leaf bowls are painstakingly executed. Porcelain flowers with fused glass centers turn a wall into a garden.
Among the attractions will be the Muttley Crew Flying Dogs. This incredible Frisbee dog show has been the hit at many festivals and fairs throughout the USA. They have also been the featured act for many NFL, NBA and WNBA half time shows.
It is an action-packed family fun show that is fast paced, mixing music and several mixed breeds of dogs flying through the air performing a wild and crazy show. These high-flying canine Frisbee athletes will absolutely steal the show and capture the hearts of everyone attending the show.
There are 8-10 dogs, all rescued from Humane Societies, all breeds, that perform an amazing show. They have performed at Disney World among other famous venues. Their star performer is "Jumpin' Jack", a Jack Russell Terrier who was featured on the National Geographic series entitled "Dogs With Jobs." They will perform at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.