This weekend is the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium. It's a great chance to see more than 250 artists from around the county (including 30 locally known talents) showcase their jewelry, photography, pottery, scultpures, glass, home decor, furniture, fibers and weareable, home accessories, plus stuff for the garden. Local artisits participating include:
Elizabeth Shaw (Columbia, MD): Collecting fallen branches of local hardwoods, Elizabeth creates chairs and furniture that embrace the organic shape of her materials. She leaves the knots and imperfections, twigs, and curvature of each branch intact, allowing them to dictate the design for each of her unique pieces.
Jill Stern (Frederick, MD): Jill uses an unexpected canvas for her paintings – clothing and shoes. She adds whimsical flair to basic clothing, using bright colors and her signature spiral and checkerboard patterns, as well as hand-loomed knits and hand-dyed fabrics, and eccentric accessories and buttons.
Mary Demarco-Wolf (Baltimore, MD): Mary channels her studies in Florence, Italy in creating her line of classic European and nature-inspired jewelry. Her bracelets and necklaces, with signature metalwork animals and insects, are complemented with a variety of gems, etched glass, and carved stones with crystal embellishments. Her work can be seen in galleries throughout the United States and Canada.
Patrick O’Brien (Lutherville, MD): Patrick combines digital painting with acrylics to commemorate national landmarks in vivid detail and bright colors. His award-winning stylized works depict the unique buildings, statues, and monuments that define cities across the country. Locally, he captures the storied history of Maryland horseracing, Baltimore’s most recognizable landmarks, and iconic coastal scenes.
Ed Kidera (Woodbine, MD): Befitting their place in the garden, Ed’s “green” sculptures are created using discarded oxygen tanks and repurposed metal objects, including farm equipment and car parts. His large-scale bells and sculptures of unusual garden creatures can be found in galleries across the country.
Nick Vincent (Uniontown, MD): A blacksmith for more than 25 years, Nick began his career specializing in custom eighteenth century hardware for historic homes and museum restorations. His repertoire also includes contemporary furniture, lighting, and sculpture, like his Chesapeake Bay-inspired ironwork, that incorporates herons, cattails, and crabs.
Josef Belchatovski (Millersville, MD): Josef captures the visual and aural beauty of water with his copper and bronze fountains. His works range from abstract wall-hangings to free-standing sculptures inspired by native Maryland wildlife. Each of Joesef’s pieces continually evolve, developing a rich, aged patina.
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, located at 2200 York Road in Timonium, MD.
Adult admission to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is $7 when purchased online, $8 for adults at the door, and free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days, and free parking is available.
For more information about the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, directions, or to purchase discount admission tickets online visit www.SugarloafCrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900.
Additional show information, artist profiles, and special offers may be found on Sugarloaf’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sugarloafcrafts.