Artisans on the Green to feature most mediums.
SANDWICH — More than 50 artists from throughout the state are scheduled to participate in the Artisans on the Green arts and crafts festival taking place on Thursday, Aug. 7.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is considered to be the largest arts and craft educational program in the Lakes Region. Admission is free that ample free parking is available. A luncheon is served from 11:30 a.m.
"We expanded the area by almost 100 percent last year, yet by this June our artisans' registration numbers had reached capacity," said Peter Van Winkle, president of Sandwich Home Industries, the host organization. "This year families will discover a "Fine Arts Village" with four working studios attended by artisans and an art gallery and shop, as well as a full town green with over 25 mini art and craft studios."
"Demonstrators and instructors in all art mediums are the theme for the festival, and this year we welcome Lynn Haust from Holderness, who will demonstrate the art of melting and fusing Italian glass into beads, then creating unique items perfect for gifts or collections," said Sandy Joncas, Director of Education. "Haust joins three potters who will instruct and demonstrate various techniques on clay potter's wheels, as well as artisans showing lamp shade construction, various painting mediums, chair canning, photography, wood, jewelry construction, ...the list gets longer each year," she said.
The event, which takes place on the Sandwich town green during the town's Old Home Week, raises money for scholarships and provides a huge public education program as well. Meredith Village Savings Bank is the official sponsor of the event, and the Women's Club provides a luncheon, which is also their major fund-raiser for scholarships.
Artisans pay a fee to participate and commit to a program of instruction and demonstrations, rather than simply selling their work.
"We are very appreciative of the support from MVS bank and the artisans who participate and tell us this event is their favorite art and craft festival of the year," said Van Winkle. "We hope these programs will inspire young people as well as adults to try their hand in one of the many art mediums here today.
During the day the Sandwich Children's Center will provide a hands-on program for younger children. Next to the Children's Center Diane Johnson will have a "felt and fur" presentation where kids get to pet and hold rabbits and learn about how they shed and where their fur ends up.