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
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.
Marilyn Willmore - Primitive Rug Hooking
Marilyn Willmore learned from her Grandmother's patient instruction and encouragement. Marilyn developed a passion for fabrics and handcrafted works of earlier times. This passion let her to the love of primitive rug hooking.
The artisan often uses the process of over-dying to create her own palette of colors which she incorporated into custom created rugs, table runners, and more. Her hand hooked pieces reflect the same charm and warmth as the originals.
Katie's Lighthouse - Colonial Reproduction Lighting
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 Folk Crafts
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 and Marlene Cable - Painted Furniture
Little Creek Needleworks - Needle Art
Michelle Hollick - Stenciled Floorcloths
Michele Hollick has been stenciling or over 30 years. What started as a simple kitchen table hobby, blossomed into a full time business. Flat surfaces were not safe when Michele was nearby with a stencil brush. She got her start working on such surfaces as walls, quilts and wood furniture. She started making floorcloths when she became interested in Colonial Era furnishings and accessories.
Teaching her crafts I something Michele truly enjoys doing. Some of her best classes have been at Sturbridge Village, the annual Stencil Artisans League Convention, the Stencil Decorative Arts Guild Convention, as well as various shops throughout the Northeast. Michelle lives in Southern New Hampshire. She has two grown children that also help in the business.
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.
Elaine Roesle - Snow Children Collectibles
In 1978 she created her first "Father Christmas" which soon led to her second line called the "St. Nicholas Collection." In 1985 the St. Nicholas Collection grew to the point that it became her main line. To keep "Dear Dolls" alive she uses them as accessories with some of the Santas.
Elaine's "Snow Children" came to life in 1990 with five pieces shown along with her Santa line, during the June shows in Washington D.C. and. Valley Forge, PA. These pieces were so well received that the line has grown to over 50 pieces. Each year she retires a few pieces so that new creations can be added to the line. This has made the "Snow Children" very collectible to many collectors today.
Matt Ehresman, Antiques
Don Noyes - Whimsical Hand Carved Birds
Folk art of the Pennsylvania Germans has always fascinated me. Bird carvings and bird trees always made me smile. The colors and whimsical nature of the carvings really talked to me. My first exposure to Pennsylvania German folk art came in the late 1960's. My wife and I would travel several times a year to Pennsylvania to buy antiques. In the process we became aquainted with many dealers who shared their knowledge and collections with us. It was always the folk art carvings that interested us the most. I knew that someday I would like to try my hand at creating some bird carvings.
Marta Urban - Handcrafted Traditional Art
Marta has held a fascination with art and hand lettering from an early age. At age 12, she taught herself calligraphy and later worked as a commercial artist while still in high school. Although not pursuing fine arts in college, she knew that her interest in hand lettering would continue to grow and evolve. In the early 1980's, during a familiar trip to the local art museum, she viewed her first fraktur and the desire to learn more about these illuminated documents was born. Being a self-taught artist her journey led her to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the heart of "Pennsylvania Dutch" country. The artform proved to be a tailormade expression of her love of lettering, folk art and early Pennsylvania history. She has been creating frakturs since 1987 and still remains a one-person operation. Her appreciation of the art form and desire to create authentic folk art led her to the methods that are essentially the same as when the originals were made from 1750 to 1850. Traditional verses are chosen and the words inspire the layout and design. Her frakturs are made by hand one at a time, and include museum quality preservation and framing.
Justin Kauffman, craftsman and owner of Kauffman Fine Furniture, was born and raised in northern Indiana. He studied Bible and Religion at Anderson University during which time his love for creating furniture began in the small shop of his wife's grandfather. He went on to study Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, just north of Boston, while he continued to design and build furniture.
After completing two master's degrees at GCTS, he decided to pursue furniture making. He enrolled at the oldest trade school in America, North Bennet Street School, in their renowned Cabinet and Furniture Making department. It was there that he refined his craft, learning about tools, methods, joinery, and design. These skills were taught in the context of traditional 18th century furniture making, but each skill is applicable, not only in the creation of fine period reproduction furniture, but also in the creation of more modern styles which suit more modern uses. Justin now lives and works in Noblesville, IN with his wife, Audra, and sons, Daniel, James, and Joel, where he designs and builds furniture.
Primitives & Pine
Primitives & Pine is small husband and wife team that has been building colonial and country reproduction furniture for 30 years. After being unable to purchase tavern signs for our store eight years ago ,Debi picked up a paint brush and started painting our own tavern signs. Once a year ,Debi takes a month off in late summer, to make a very limited number of Santa’s,all signed and dated. We are located in southern Maine and supply stores around the country with reproduction furniture and tavern signs.
Where to Dine:
The Howlin Bird - Conveniently located right next door!