CABIN FEVER ARTS FESTIVAL
March 9, 2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Hillsboro Campus of Southern State Community College - Patriot Center
Something for Everyone at “Cabin Fever”!
Folks interested in creative arts and crafts should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 9, 2019. On that day, the Appalachian Artisans Guild will present its 16th annual “Cabin Fever Arts Festival” in the Patriot Center on theHillsboro campus of Southern State Community College. Admission is free and open to the public, and doors will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
The event showcases handcrafted traditional folk art and unique fine art by juried artists. Over 60 booths will offer an array of quality work, including quilts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, paintings, metal and woodworking items, toys, foods, and more. Most items are for sale, giving an opportunity to obtain one-of-a-kind pieces of art not available in stores. Visitors can also watch some of the artisans create work in their booths, and all of the artists are happy to answer questions and discuss details of their particular craft.
Several area artisans are participating. West Union resident Bill Dreger, who came up with idea of “Cabin Fever” when he was Guild President, has contributed to its success ever since. Bill has enjoyed a lifelong love of working with wood. At his Spiritwood Studio, he creates rustic items such as tables, chests, and bird houses, using traditional hand-work tools, and sometimes the wood from his property.
At Locust Hill Farm near Peebles, Bootsie Robison, a Guild member since its beginning, raises a small flock of sheep. With their wool starts the process of washing, carding, spinning, dying, and knitting or felting to create sweaters and other warm apparel and home goods. She values the traditional methods used by our ancestors, and wants to be sure these methods are not lost.
Leesburg resident, Brenda Armstrong, turns vintage wallpapers, buttons, and other treasures into bandboxes and wearable art. And in her skillful hands, old coats find new life as adorable teddy bears. Another Highland County resident, Elaine Balsley, enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects, including classic aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Academy Art Program. She also does hand-painted images on wood, trays, and other unique surfaces, in addition to hand-quilted items.
So shake off the last vestiges of Old Man Winter, get out of the house, and enjoy “Cabin Fever” from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on March 9th.
Delicious lunch items can be purchased from Steve’s Ridge Top BBQ food truck.
Adding to the festivities will be live music, with Steve Free scheduled to perform.
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Elaine Balsley - A guest artist at the Ruthven Gallery, Georgetown, OH. If you missed the December 9 Open House, my artwork, prints & note cards will remain at the gallery a few months into 2019.