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Holiday craft bazaar to benefit children’s camp

By Staff | Dec 10, 2010

Local artists will present work for sale in the CraftWorks holiday craft bazaar and art show, beginning with a silent auction tonight to benefit a CraftWorks children’s summer art camp.

CraftWorks is a nonprofit craft and art center for beginning artists and more experienced professionals. With dual locations, CraftWorks offers art classes in its studio located in Shepherdstown and the 81-acre nature preserve at Cool Spring in Charles Town.

Linda Case founded it in 2009 after she worked to restore and preserve the Cool Spring wetland area and purchased it along with the cottage CraftWorks classes are currently held in.

The Shepherdstown studio opened to the public last spring, and according to Tara Sanders Lowe, there are plans to open a working studio at the Cool Spring location this upcoming spring.

Lowe, studio manager of the Advancing Artists program, said the holiday bazaar will feature the artwork of contributing local artists and members of the CraftWorks teaching staff.

It will include work that is “upcycled” which she explained is the process of taking something old and turning it into a new and usable piece of art.

According to Lowe, a local artist name Roslyn Mendez has crafted “upcycled” jewelry from recycled antiques and old clothing. Another local artist, Bradley Sanders will sell silver and copper jewelry. Emily Vaughn, CraftWorks children’s program director, also helped plan the holiday bazaar and will have crotched pieces, like hats and scarves made from sustainable materials for sale.

Professional artist Joy Bridy, who works just outside of town, will sell her pottery, and Sheila Brannan, a CraftWorks teacher, will show off stained glass items. Cassie Busley’s “cozy” cup holders which can usually be found on the counter at Mellow Moods, will also be on sale at the show, as will other quilt-work by Busley.

In addition to the work being auctioned by CraftWorks artists, hanged paintings or photography made by other artisans from around Shepherdstown and the region will also be displayed in the show.

Proceeds from the silent auction will go towards “Camp Cool Springs,” which is both an art camp and an outdoor nature camp.

“Kids can make art with the inspiration of nature and being outdoors,” said Lowe.

The bazaar is free to the public and kicks off tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. with the silent auction and reception. Events will continue Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Craftworks is located at 219 S. Duke St., on the corner of Duke and Washington.

More information about the event or school can be found at www.craftworks.org.