Guild's 'Come As Your Art' a showcase for crafts

September 02, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

When members of the Carroll County Crafts Guild create their unique form of art, they really get into the craft.

Or at least some crafts people will at the guild's "Come As Your Art" reception for the annual craft show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Carroll County Arts Council gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

The annual show offers guild members the chance to display their latest works.

"Last winter when we were kicking around ideas for a reception, 'come as your art' came up and just stuck, and we all got a little silly about it," said Peg Silloway, Crafts Guild president.

"So we decided to have some fun with it and we want everybody else to have fun with it too," she said. "I do stained glass, and that's a challenge. The jewelry makers, weavers and fiber artists -- things you would consider wearable -- have it easy.

"I don't know what the woodworkers are going to do," she added with a laugh.

This is the first time the Crafts Guild has had a reception for its show. Members decided to have it this year partly to celebrate the organization's 10th annual Studio Tour, set for next weekend.

Now in its 11th year, the Crafts Guild has some 25 members creating pottery, woodworks, stained glass, jewelry, linoleum prints, batik, silk prints, baskets, handmade paper and hooked rugs.

The annual craft show is open to all juried members of the Crafts Guild, Ms. Silloway said. About two-thirds of the members are expected to have an exhibit in the show, which will continue through Sept. 26.

The guild members are as varied as their crafts, she noted. Some make their craft as a full-time profession, others do it to earn a second income, and some do it simply as a hobby.

Her specialty is stained glass -- panels, windows and decorative household items, such as candle holders. She became interested in making stained glass eight years ago after taking a class.

The thing about crafts, she said, is that "you get into it and it separates you from the rest of the world."

The Crafts Guild also sponsors the annual Studio Tour, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. During that weekend, nine craft studios around the county will be open, with 17 artists demonstrating and displaying their work.

"People can go see the studio, watch the artists work and talk to them one-on-one for a more personal touch," Ms. Silloway said.

The tour is free, and people can visit the studios they are interested in at their own pace.

In conjunction with the tour, which attracts many people from surrounding states, Ms. Silloway said, the new Chameleon Restaurant on East Main Street in Westminster will offer 10 percent discount coupons to patrons for the weekend.

"Then the restaurant will make a donation to the Crafts Guild from that," she said. "We get a lot of people from out of the area asking where to eat."

Brochures with maps, addresses and directions to the studios, with names of all of the participating artists are available from the Arts Council office and at each studio.

Information: 848-7272.

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