Arts festival vendor preview (part one)

We’ve got a great group of vendors for the arts festival, so here’s a preview of what they’ll be selling.  There are too many to do this all at once — it’d be a looooooooong post.  So here’s a first batch, and there’ll be more next week.

The image above is work by Maura Doern Danko who’s been with us since the very first arts festival in 2008.  A painter who teaches at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Maura always goes beyond just painting on canvas, but she’s doing something even more different this year:  an assemblage/installation in which she explores the motif of the ‘window’.  She’s been distributing small works about the ‘window’ and inviting a response in writing. She’s going to take all of this material, which uses repetition and sequences of images, and create  a sort of large collage.

Kylie Dickman of Silent Lotus Creations is bringing her brush paintings and upcycled jewelry.  She’s also shown at the festival before.

Myra Falisz will have cards, pillows, and other items featuring her P-rogues characters.  The  PHCA had the honor of selling Myra’s P-rogues Christmas cards last year as a fundraiser — and we sold a lot. People love these unique designs!

Megan Frye was here last year and her aprons, baby clothes, and other items were a big hit.  Her stuff is really well made, and super-cute.

Joseph Holtz has shown at the arts festival every year.  His paintings on glass are bright, inventive, and absolutely unique.  We’re proud to have him with us again this year.

Yelena Lamm paints a variety of subjects, but we particularly love her view of Polish Hill (of course).  She’s another artist who returns each year.

O’Ryan McGowan’s pen and ink illustrations are wonderful; he’ll have an array of mixed media works as well.

Lisa Parker is yet another returning artist (we love that artists enjoy this festival, find it profitable, and want to come back).  Lisa make wonderful jewelry — mostly sterling silver, but the color of this pendant was so beautiful…

Andy Scott designed our poster this year, and he will not only be selling his work, he’ll also be doing a cartooning activity.  So many people have commented on his poster and many people have asked to buy it!  If we have any left after promoting the festival, we might consider it — but please don’t steal one from where people can see it!

We want lots of people to come to the festival and support these wonderful artists.  Another vendor preview will be coming up in a few days — keep an eye out for it!

And to see what else we’ve got planned, check out our festival page.