Artists, admirers flock to 30th Havre de Grace show Variety of crafts also on display

August 22, 1993|By JoAnne C. Broadwater | JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer

Valerie Lloyd sat under a shade tree in Tydings Memorial Park with brush in hand yesterday, enjoying the cool breeze as she added soft-hued watercolors to a sketch of her young son asleep under her grandmother's quilt.

The 32-year-old Havre de Grace artist was one of 350 exhibitors who came to the scenic waterfront park to display and sell their work and compete for prizes in the 30th annual Havre de Grace Arts and Crafts Show.

The exhibition, which originally showcased Harford County artists, now features talent from up and down the East Coast. Beneath colorful canopies dotting the park were works of art in oil, pen and pencil, charcoal and acrylics, as well as photographs and sculpture. Crafts included quilts, clocks, multicolored banners, decoys and stoneware.

"People like to talk and ask questions," said Mrs. Lloyd, who has a gallery on Washington Street. "And they like the location right on the water."

Tydings Park overlooks the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

As Mrs. Lloyd worked, visitors paused to admire her colored pencil drawings and watercolors. Some came to buy her limited-edition prints of a collage of historic sites in Havre de Grace. Others strolled by, enjoying the small-town event.

"I'll probably pick up something here and there," said Joeann Willey, of Rising Sun, whose 5-month-old granddaughter, Rachel Storch, sat in her arms watching the crowds. "We like this type of activity. People just don't realize how many craftsmen we have in the area."

About 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the two-day event, a fund-raiser sponsored by Soroptimist International of Havre de Grace. The organization of local professional and business women hopes to raise about $12,000 for scholarships for Harford County students and other community service projects.

"The show is very picturesque and colorful," said Kay Mike, treasurer of the show committee. "There's a festive atmosphere."

"It's a family-oriented event," said Cindy Height, who chaired the committee. "People can bring their children here and enjoy a cultural event . . . without spending a fortune."

Susan Myers, owner of Myercraft, and Pamela Barry, of Nana's Attic, are neighbors from White Hall who brought their handicrafts to the show together.

"It's a beautiful setting," said Mrs. Barry, who makes baskets and painted wood pieces.

"I like it because it's in Harford County," said Mrs. Myers, who quilts and makes hatboxes, florals, copper pieces and woodcrafts. "And it's nice here because there's a playground for the children."

In a nearby booth, Jerry Monroe had hung his color photographs of Maryland lighthouses and other images. He and his wife, Charlotte, came to the show from Reisterstown.

"It's a beautiful day, and I do it every year," said Mr. Monroe, who works in the marketing and communications department at Westinghouse Electric Corp. "This is the only one I do. I think it's one of the largest arts and crafts shows in Maryland. And I like the variety here."

This is the fourth year that 69-year-old Havre de Grace resident John Reginaldi has brought his woodwork and crafts to the show.

"I enjoy talking to people and I like to share my woodworking with them," said Mr. Reginaldi, a retired supervisor at Aberdeen Proving Ground. "This is not a business for me, it's a hobby. I've always liked to work with wood."

The show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. There will be continuous entertainment and narrated bus tours of the historic town, beginning at the park at the foot of Union Avenue. On-street parking is available. Admission is free.

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