Folks interested in creative arts and crafts should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 18 when the Appalachian Artisans Guild will present its 14th annual Cabin Fever Arts Festival in the Patriot Center on the Hillsboro campus of Southern State Community College. Admission is free and open to the public, and doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event showcases handcrafted traditional folk art and unique fine art by juried artists. Over 60 booths will offer an array of quality work, including quilts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, paintings, metal and woodworking items, toys, foods and more.
Most items are for sale, giving an opportunity to obtain one-of-a-kind pieces of art not available in stores. Visitors can also watch some of the artisans create work in their booths, and all of the artists are happy to answer questions and discuss details of their particular craft.
Come and visit with Highland County artists, including two guild members. Leesburg resident Brenda Armstrong turns vintage wallpapers, buttons and other treasures into bandboxes and wearable art. And in her skillful hands, old coats find new life as adorable teddy bears.
Elaine Balsley of New Vienna enjoys a wide variety of crafting, hand-quilting and sewing. She is currently working on a craft series involving old sheet music. Elaine also sews wine bottle gift bags with gift tags, purses made from denim jeans, hand-painted plaques, and much more.
Adding to the festivities will be live music, with Family and Friends, Sue Frump and Friends, Sandy Payne, and Steve Free scheduled to perform. Lunch items can be purchased from Steve’s Ridge Top BBQ food truck.
So shake off the last vestiges of Old Man Winter, get out of the house, and enjoy Cabin Fever.
For more information, visit www.appartguild.com, where you can also find out about our April 22nd workshops.
Submitted by Elaine Balsley.