Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'A Fair in the Park' Offers Arts, Crafts, Food and Music

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'A Fair in the Park' Offers Arts, Crafts, Food and Music

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Mellon Park will be the setting for one of the premier craft and music festivals this weekend.

This year, "A Fair in the Park" marks its 45th anniversary of presenting some of the best in contemporary fine arts and crafts. Presented by the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, it is one place where you can purchase fantastic furniture, jewelry and fine works of visual art.

More than 100 regional and national artists will present works in clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media and even two- dimensional artwork. Representation will be divided between the Guild Members Gallery and the visiting artist gallery. The board of directors of the Craftsmen's Guild juried the entire fair and they had a large pool of applicants to choose from.

Members of the Craftsmen's Guild will be identified by signs on their booths. Most pieces have a distinct artisan look, such as the leather bucket bags presented by Jamie Murphy. They have a gently worn feel and sloped shape while clutch purses take on an artistic twist in soft dyed purple with a wooden button closure.

Stoneware also takes a new twist from the studio of Jim and Linda Winegar. Classic pots with lids have natural gemstone handles, while canister sets have metal glazes set against a rustic finish. Whimsical pottery is presented by Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, who takes a lifelong love of nature and sets it into her latest collection, "On the Edge." It draws attention to the amphibians in our world. Platters with tiny ceramic frogs charm the user while vases appear to have the little creatures crawling to the top.

Guild member Diane Wilson presents ceramic jewelry based on the symbolic art of ancient cultures. These pieces have layers of texture born of a multi-firing and glazing process at various temperatures. The pieces are then hand set with Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, semi-precious stones of quartz crystal, amethyst, garnets and more. Jewelry maker Jens Bisgaard presents lovely handcut precious stones in unique metalworks with modern shapes. …

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