Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring is in the Air

Another snow storm came through today, and as I gazed out the window and saw how beautiful it looked, it reminded me of the wonderfully charming, classic New England winter scenes that Will Moses has painted over the years. Will has truly inherited the “knack” of interpreting the scenic beauty of New England from his great-grandmother, Grandma Moses. Galarina Folk Arts will present Will’s prints, books, and original paintings at our spring show, as they have for the past 27 years!

We’re privileged to have two of the finest potters in the country joining us at our spring show. We’re excited to have Sue Skinner and Joe Jostes of SJ Pottery returning to our show with their outstanding selection of redware and salt-glazed stoneware pottery. And Joe and Deb Huntley of Wisconsin Pottery will present their redware, sgraffito, and stoneware pots, many with “spring” themes. Traditional American pottery, made in the same style as when it was originally produced 150 to 200 years ago is one of the great decorator items to be found at the Country Folk Art Festival. Pottery, whether a single piece or as a grouping of multiple pieces, looks absolutely great on a cupboard, dry sink, bucket bench or garden shelf in virtually any room in the house.

A traditional favorite, Trudy Close and Mike Naylor of Trudy’s Folk Art will offer their ever-popular dried florals and folk art, plus a surprise or two from Mike who always manages to find some incredibly fascinating original antiques to enhance their booth display.

In the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Maria Pfropper was commissioned by The Chicago Public Library to produce an original folk art montage painting featuring various historic events connected with his presidency. Click here to view the image. And click here to read the press release. Maria will be bringing a limited number of prints of this painting to the show.

Rugs, rugs, everyone needs rugs! Three of the nation’s finest rug-makers will be returning to our spring show. Judy Robinson’s Country Textiles from Ohio will present her wonderful hand-crafted rugs, a perfect fit for any room in the house, whether done in traditional or contemporary d├ęcor. Judy will be bringing her spinning wheel to the show to demonstrate her techniques. Joining Judy will be the renowned Wisconsin Hooker (rug-hooker, that is) Peggy Teich. Peggy’s charming and folky hooked rugs are an absolute delight for people who collect antiques and American folk art. And last but certainly not least is Barbara Kemp of Hooked on Rugs, offering a wondrous selection of punch needle rugs and kits, whose vast selection of traditional designs make outstanding accent pieces!

You won’t want to miss this amazing gathering of award-winning artisans and craftsmen at our spring Country Folk Art Festival on March 20, 21, and 22 at the new Kane County Fairgrounds Convention Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Stay tuned for upcoming “blogs.”

Judy & Lee Marks

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