So last month (March), after discovering optimistic bargain bouquets of daffodils at Trader Joe's, and while the snow was still two feet deep on the ground, we took a drive out to Marlborough, MA to browse the Paradise City arts and crafts show. I've been getting their catalogs since our arrival in New England and wanted to see for myself. The $13 admission price got you relatively accomodating parking, live music, a pleasant indoor climate (compared to the arctic temperatures of the Big E in Springfield last winter!), and 175 juried artists.
I knew from the brochure that these were professional artists and craftspeople. I also expected the work and the prices to be relatively "high end." I was not disappointed. (I didn't even look at the multitude of artisan jewelers! This wasn't your homegrown church bazaar (with no offense intended to "church lady crafters.)
The first booth that caught my eye was Dale Rogers . He is known locally for his dog sculptures, so the cardinals were new to me. I'm glad I looked at his website because he's done more than just dogs and cardinals. But since his works are welded Cor-Ten steel, he doesn't schlep them around that much. His studio is just down the road from us in Haverhill.
Warren Vienneau. I hadn't seen ikebana style vases of wood before. I liked the vases AND the arrangements.
Kathleen Scranton. She even provides a "paper cover" version of the book that the cover came from!
Growler and Renard, named after fictitious characters from stories her father told when she was a child. The animals are bas-relief, but made of wool roving affixed to tapestry material by poking it with a fish-hooked needle.
Roger Ditarando. "Weatherproof, non ferrous scrap metals." Definitely out of my price range. But I would love to have them frolicking on my front lawn! He does herons, bird baths and gates, too.