On Tuesday I made sure the car had gas and headed to the 79th Annual Craftsmen's Fair sponsored by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. It was a beautiful day and an amazing drive.
I saw several "Moose Crossing" signs and NO armadillos in the road. (I do believe I saw one deceased BADGER, though!)
In this blog, I'm writing about what I thought and felt about all this CREATIVITY... but I've documented the names and websites of most of the artists: here. (Just didn't want to write it all twice, y'know?)
Just the same, it was kind of fun to think about what sort of "yard art" I might indulge in if I had the inclination and the money (and if Tim the Mower didn't mind mowing around it!).
These totem poles of ceramic "bubbles" reminded me a little of garden gnomes because of their tall peaked "hats."
If your yard has big dogs or uncoordinated children, I don't think this stained glass piece would be a good idea. However... when I looked at the artists website... THERE were indoor and outdoor pieces that I would love to have. Retrospectively this struck me as something they made as a representative piece that would be light weight for transport, and that would generate traffic to their business. Merchandising! It seems always to be about merchandising! At least the one on the right has a sturdier frame. Plus, if you put in a thorny bush, it would be protected somewhat.
This was one of the first booths I stopped at. How can one resist iridescence combined with glass?
This bowl was almost 12 inches across. Again, I really wish I could have touched it.
This dragonfly plate was about the size of my hand (or a discus if you've been watching the Olympics.)
Dragonflies represent: maturity and depth of character, power and poise, defeat of self created illusions, living in the moment, and opening ones eyes (80% of a dragonfly brain has to do with sight... and they have 360 degree vision!)
Check it out at www.patriotmill.com
If you were a cow with a sheep on your back, wouldn't you like to have a pink bell held on with an organza ribbon?
Cracked me up.
www.patriciapalson.com Holy smoke!
If I ever get to the "recommended" weight I think I'd buy one of her jackets as a prize. The colors! The textures! The panache!
And even though I didn't get any pictures of her booth, my needle felting friends will LOVE the work from Annie Frye. Regrettably, I can't find a web site from her or photographs. She does hand felting on black silk... giant Ginko leaves, flossoms, stems and so on. That'll teach me not to take photographs.
No doubt I'd prefer the ones that are $999.000 to the $600,000 ones. HA!
And some of these aren't even winterized.
38 square miles, 2072 people... only 54/sq. mi.
It is the home of the Bell Cove Historic Caboose Museum.
So far as I can tell, it is non denominational (though it does have that New England Church look about it)... and is used for town meetings and rallies.
Tomorrow, in fact (Aug 11, 2012) it will be part of a tour of "Pulpits and Politics." I don't know if Romney or Obama have been there.