Recent and Upcoming Events


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 moreMost 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.



Wonderful Christmas get-together carry-in Lunch on December 6 at the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church. Great food! Turkey & dressing provided by Maggie Vance, with wonderful side-dishes & desserts brought in by the members!



Photos from September 6, 2018 - Wilmington, OH Art Studio Tour
AAG Members Met at Jen's Deli for lunch, then toured several art studios in Wilmington., including:
Athena's, South Street Gallery, Thorngren Studio Arts, Beehive Custom Framing & Art.  In addition, we saw a couple galleries in the Murphy Studios located above the Murphy Theater, including Over the Moon & AAG Member, Maggie Vance's Studio. For an added bonus, we also got a tour of the Murphy Theater! A great afternoon!


Beautiful day for the picnic! Delicious food - Both an indoor & outdoor event!


After lunch, we met back up at Fort Ancient. A volunteer guided us around the museum and answered any questions we had. A very pleasant afternoon!

 Photos from March 17, 2018 Cabin Fever Arts Festival

Photos from August 27, 2017 Field Trip to Visit the Log Home That Bill Dreger Built

    Adams County, OH

Bill constructed this beautiful log cabin, complete with authentic furnishings and stove! He demonstrated how to remove the bark from a limb using the bench he built himself. What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon! A check was also presented to one of AAG's scholarship winners!

Photos from the AAG Picnic at Brenda & Mark Armstrong's

August 13, 2017