Annual Craftsmen's Festival Comes to Fayetteville
Toys and dolls of all descriptions, unique gifts, creative decorations for the home, and the "Carolina Traditional Folk-Art Crafts" are featured at the 34th Annual Eastern Carolina Craftsmen's Spring Festival, March 14-15 at the Cumberland County Crown Center, Fayetteville.
All items sold are handmade by each craftsman: 150 artists and craftsmen from six states have reserved 80 booths to show and sell their handiwork. Over 30 new exhibitors are featured this spring.
A few large booths of antiques and collectible dealers extends a second, and smaller than usual section to the spring festival. These dealers in nostalgia sell old furniture, gold and silver, porcelain, depression glass, vintage jewelry, old magazines, primitives, art pottery, linens and a wide variety of items no longer being manufactured.
Nurseryman Bobby Hughes from Ashe will again offer a great assortment of flowering plants.
In the craftsmen's section, porcelain doll maker Katherine Howard, from Kinston, is returning. Willie Quick, from Norman, is again showing his old-fashioned wood cut-out toys for boys. Patricia Clark, from Fayetteville, will be selling handmade scarves and pocketbooks.
Several artists are showing their original artwork, including the popular James Parker from Saratosa, Fla., who paints military memorabilia and coastal landscapes. Robert Hall, black-genre artist from Rosehill, returns with his highly collectible rural scenes and Kevin Chen, from Wilmington, joins the festival this year with his Oriental art. Joseph Edwards, from Sparta, specializes in great jewelry. Other artists are painting on wood, metal, ceramics and cloth.
Traditional crafts of pottery, basket making, natural foliage wreaths, woodworking, and stained glass, are displayed throughout the show. Six booths will feature original handmade jewelry.
A number of booths display the home-crafts of stitchery, which includes quilting, cross-stitching, crocheting, and knitting. Two booths offer perfumes, handmade candles, soaps and lotions.
Many booths will exhibit crafts made of wood. Items from simple cut-outs to accessories are for sale.
Metal-art silhouette sculpture will again be sold by Jeff and Karen Stone, from Sanford. Vicki and Edith Hege, of Charlotte, are showing their plaques, birdhouses, and stained glass.
The 34th annual Craftsmen's Spring Festival is one of Fayetteville's top spring attractions. New exhibitors, new ideas, and great original craftsmanship make this a fun event for the entire family. You can find original arts and crafts, great gifts, jewelry, collectibles, investments and bargains.
"We personally guarantee you will enjoy this show," say promoters Quincy and Betty Scarborough.
The show opens at 10 a.m. March 14 and closes at 5 p.m. March 15.
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