Browse at crafts show Handmade items will be featured


December 18, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

Gifts hand-crafted by skilled artisans are the featured fare starting today, as the Carroll County Crafts Guild and Carroll County Arts Council sponsor the first-ever " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Gifts From the Guild Holiday Show and Sale."

From noon to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, holiday shoppers looking for that "special something" are encouraged to come to the Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., and browse to their hearts' content.

"We want people to come out and find that unique and special gift which has been made by a local source who has put a lot of time into it and given it special attention," said Hilary Pierce, Carroll County Arts Council executive director."I think people will be impressed with the quality of Carroll County artists."

An opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today will feature the music and poetry of local artists. Refreshments will also be served.

The show itself will highlight about 15 artists from the Carroll County Crafts Guild, who will display a variety of works including pottery, jewelry, textiles, baskets, prints, stained glass and wooden toys.

Each artist will be on hand to talk about their crafts and assist shoppers with gift selections.

Stained-glass maker Peg Silloway said the holiday show gives local artists a chance not only to show their works, but also to work with other artists and make contact with local people.

"In general, it is a way for the Crafts Guild and Arts Council to meet the public on a one-to-one basis," said the Manchester resident. "It helps people in Carroll County to know that there are artists who make all or part of their living as a craftsman."

Like Ms. Silloway, Laurel Brown, a new member to the Carroll County Crafts Guild, is eager to work with the other artists in the show.

The Taneytown resident will display traditional rug hooking using dyed wool on a base of linen or cotton.

"I am looking forward to working with the other artists," Ms. Brown said. "I don't do that many shows, but this sounded like an interesting proposition -- to catch people in the last few days before Christmas."

As a special sideline, a "Make It and Take It" table will be available for children to create their own crafts while their mothers and fathers shop. A skilled craftsman will supervise and assist children in the work.

Ms. Pierce said the show serves a dual purpose: It benefits the artists and the Arts Council.

"This show is a fund-raiser for the Arts Council. Ten percent of the proceeds from the artists' sales will be donated to the Carroll County Arts Council," Ms. Pierce said. "In giving a gift to someone else, you are helping to support the arts in Carroll County."

Admission to the show is free and the building is handicapped-accessible.

Information: 848-7272.

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