Craft show season arrives

ERIN O’NEILL The Marietta Times Deb Lorentz, a photographer from the Veto area, places a mat around a photo she took in Parkersburg on Monday. Lorentz will have several of her photos for sale at the Marietta High School Band Boosters craft show Saturday at the fairgrounds.

The season of creative gifting has arrived and there are dozens of opportunities to find something handmade and heartfelt for everyone on a holiday list.

This Saturday, the Marietta Band Boosters annual Holiday Craft Show will be held in the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Organizer Ronda Owens said she has 69 vendors and the majority are crafters.

“We do have some home-based businesses but we try to get the crafters first because that is what everyone wants,” said Owens, whose daughter, Krista Blake, is a senior trumpet player. “This is one of the band’s bigger fundraisers.”

Deb Lorentz, of Veto, is a photographer specializing in portrait and landscape photography. She will be selling framed work at the Wall of Sound craft show.

“I specialize in pinups and boudoir but I do a lot of different types of photography,” she said. “For me, (portraiture) is about the way a person feels.”

Lorentz said this is the fourth show she has participated in this year.

“I’m new in the photography industry. I had a camera in high school and college and then I had kids and life happened so I’ve been doing this (as a business) for two years.”

This time of year, many nonprofits, churches and other organizations host craft and vendor shows both to showcase the talents of area crafters and to raise money for their groups.

The annual Christmas Village Craft Show at the Betsey Mills Club will be held Dec. 2 and there will be two levels of vendors, including handmade soaps, jewelry, wreaths, handpainted glass ornaments, watercolor paintings, wooden marionettes and toys, stained glass, doll clothes and more.

This year will be the first foray into the world of craft shows for JaneAnn Giffin, who owns Ann Thomas Creations with her fiance, Wade DeLong.

“I will only be doing the Betsey craft show this year, but I’m stressing out,” she laughed. “Just packing eveything up and deciding what to take, and pricing. These are all my babies.”

Giffin specializes in primitive signs made from wood pallets. DeLong cuts them to size and Giffin determines the saying, the style and does the handpainting.

“We’ve been doing this since about February. To keep costs down, we use repurposed pallet wood that businesses usually throw out,” she said. “(Wade) has been woodcrafting his entire life and I’ve been painting for 30 years. Art is just something that I’ve always wanted to do, since I was 16.”

The love of the craft is also something that keeps local jewelry artist Jena Lane Blair in the craft and artist show circuit year after year.

“I love keeping an ancient art form alive and I love creating a piece of art that hopefully will touch someone’s heart and give them pleasure,” she said.

Over the years, Blair has done numerous art shows, from the old Indian Summer Festival to Oglebay Artist She has demonstrated her work all over the northeast and as far west as Las Vegas.

“Christmas Village is the last arts and crafts show I will be participating in this year but watch for me at Twisted Sister’s Boutique in January during the ‘Fire and Ice’ First Fridays 2018 where I will be demonstrating my work in their store,” she said.

What’s ahead

Some upcoming craft shows

¯ The Salem-Liberty Elementary School PTO will be sponsoring a Festi-Fall Vendor and Craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Salem-Liberty Elementary School, 10930 State Route 821, Lower Salem.

¯ The Marietta Band Boosters Annual Holiday Craft show will be held Saturday at the Washington County Fairgrounds in the Junior Fair Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many talented local vendors will be selling their crafts/products. There will also be concessions and a raffle of craft items donated by the vendors. Admission at the door is $2.

¯ Vendor/craft show and a Santa Photo Booth at the Evergreen Community Center at 113 Ellsworth St. in Reno. The vendor show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and photos with Santa will be from noon to 3 p.m.

¯ Fourth annual Newport Fire Department Craft Show, 38350 State Route 7, Newport; Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters, company vendors, country store, and food will be served by the Fire Department.

¯ O’Neill Center annual Craft and Vendor Sale, O’Neill Center will sponsor both a craft sale on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a vendor sale on Dec. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; lunch will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday during the craft sale and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday; free admission to the public for both days.

¯ Memorial Hospital/Selby Hospital annual Christmas craft bazaar, Dec. 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, corner of Colegate Drive and Millcreek Road. Bake sale, lots of vendors with great merchandise, concession, quilt raffle. Admission is free.

¯ Christmas in the Village, hosted by Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

¯ Barlow Fairgrounds Christmas Craft & Vendor show; Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

¯ Warren Elementary Craft & Vendor event; Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warren Elementary, 16885 State Route 550, Marietta.

¯ The Betsey Mills Club annual Christmas Village Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. A $2 donation will be taken at the door; available items will include handmade soaps, jewelry, wreaths, hand painted glass ornaments, watercolor paintings and notecards, wooden marionette and toys, stocking stuffers, handmade baskets, stained glass boxes, hand woven rugs, American doll clothes and much more. Call 740-373-4981 for details.

¯ Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption will hold a holiday bazaar on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church social hall at 506 Fourth St., Marietta. Holiday cookies, candies, a variety of baked goods, holiday crafts and gift items will be sold. This event is sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Club. For more information, 740-373-8786.