OCTOBER 15th & 16THA Gathering of Colonial Wares is an annual event that brings together some of the finest artisans in the country. Join us and browse the quality wares created by these very talented artists. Additional artisans will be added.
Early Buying Night is Friday, October 15th at 3:00 PM
Please join us for our annual early bird buying night, October 15th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Early bird buying tickets are $20.00 per person and includes a 2 day show ticket, hors d'oeuvres and raffle ticket. Tickets for our early buying night are LIMITED, reserve your wristband now!
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MEET THE ARTISTS
LYNN BRESCIANI - AMERICAN FOLK ART
Lynn Bresciani, a nationally known Early American Folk artist, makes her home and studio in Warsaw, Ohio.
While acquiring her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Youngstown State University, she discovered the charm of American Folk Art during her art history classes.
“I loved the innocence and child like representations of animals and nature that were portrayed in American Folk Art.” Then she carved a Santa and gave them as gifts to friends, and soon she began selling them in local Ohio shops.When the orders became overwhelming, her husband Bert Neill, learned how to make resin castings of her carvings and together they formed The Whimsical Workshop.Each reproduction goes through a 12 step process and Lynn hand paints each one giving them a vintage feel.
Her carved Fraktur birds, bird trees and grained boxes are sold in Colonial Williamsburg as well as the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA and the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, PA.For many years she has been an artisan in National Craft shows all over the United States as well as at prestigious buyer shows.
“I strive to create artwork that portrays joy and good cheer. I put time in each piece and hope that my work will be a treasure or keepsake for the owner.
SUSAN DWYER LEACH - FOLK ARTIST
Susan Dwyer Leach is an artist specializing in Early American art who lives in historic Rhode Island. Susan has been creative pairings on canvas and Murals depicting Early American Scenes for almost 30 years. Together with her husband Bill Leech, they are North Light Artisans, creating tavern signs, and fire boards for custom orders. Bill hand crafts and woodwork and Susan paints. Drawing on her classical training as a portrait artist, Susan will be happy to accept commissions for portraits in the early American style of your loved ones.
ROBIN HARDING SMITH - FOLK ARTIS
Katie's Light House has been making high quality colonial reproduction lighting since 1983, when Katie herself began hammering out tin lanterns in her garage. Over the years Katie's Light House grew to employ more than 20 handcrafters in the small town of Cridersville, Ohio
The passing of time brings changes, and in 2015 Katie's Light House was purchased by The Martin family and moved to Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The Martin's have continued the time honored tradition of making each light by hand. Lathes, chisels, hammers, and bending tools, some more than a century old, are used to cut, carve and shape each piece to primitive perfection. Our American artisans then paint and distress our products by hand as well, producing some of the most beautiful and convincingly antique finishes available.
CROCKER & SPRINGER SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE
Jonathan and Jan Wright founded Crocker & Springer, Ltd. early in 1987, shortly after marrying. With youthful enthusiasm, they set out to make a living together in the world of fine craft by combining their skill sets -- Jon's love of hand-throwing pots on a potter's wheel, as well as building and firing monstrous kilns; and Jan's passion for hand-decorating the pottery using the techniques of painting, slip-trailing, sgraffito-carving, and sculpting. During the ensuing years, the award-winning pair has become well-known nationally for their high quality, handmade, early American style salt-glazed stoneware and redware. Even after several decades, the magic of throwing salt into a white-hot kiln to form a clear, shiny glaze over the surface of the wares, then opening the kiln several days later to never-ending surprises, continues to be alluring beyond description!
STEVE HAZLETT - AMERICAN FOLKCRAFTS
GREG AND MARY SHOONER - REDWARE
Greg and Mary Shooner, continuing the traditions of American potters dating to 1630, Greg Shooner and Mary Spellmire-Shooner re-create authentic redware pottery at their Oregonia, Ohio studio. Greg and Mary use their years of pottery experience to make a ware that is unrivaled in its interpretation of rare antiques. They work alone, with a passionate commitment to quality and artistic control. A lifelong interest in art led them separately to pottery , then together to the study of redware.
DAN & MARLENE COBLE - PAINTED FURNITUREDan and Marlene Coble have been creating paintings, one-of-a-kind painted furniture and accessories for over 40 years. "We use antique, quality vintage, and newly built furniture as the "canvas" for our paint decoration. Our styles are inspired by the rich traditions of paint decoration in America and include grain painting, stencil decoration and free-hand painting. We also offer prints from our original artwork."
LITTLE CREEK NEEDLEWORKS - NEEDLE ARTS
MARILYN WILMORE - PRIMITIVE RUG HOOKING
Marilyn Wilmore learned from her Grandmother's instruction and encouragement she developed a passion for fabrics and handcrafted works of earlier times. Which led to the love of primitive rug hooking.
Having an interest in history and art, we have combined both to create decorative & utilitarian items from gourds-Folk Art Gourd Pottery. Throughout history there are many references to gourds. As the world’s oldest pottery, they have been used for their functionality as containers of all sorts worldwide. During the fair we will explain the background & historical use of gourds and the preparation of them thru cutting and cleaning. A gourd that is planted one year,dries for months and is ready for use the following year is very unique & is of interest to the public.
The techniques we use on our work include: carving, watercolor, paint, pen & ink, dye work and wood burning. Our line consists of bowls, baskets, jugs, vases, canisters, pockets, clocks and pitchers. Designs are inspired by historical motifs, botanical/nature, graphics & seasonal. We will display in a beautiful period style canvas tent.
Our gourd work has been featured in magazines, television and part of other quality art events.
Where to Dine:
The Howlin Bird - Conveniently located right next door!