Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Fair

I had planned to post this report last Sunday but our internet was out for a chunk of the day (horrors!). Last Saturday I attended the big Arts & Crafts Fair at Holy Hill for the first time. Fellow Ten Two Studios design team member Patti had a booth in the show, so I had to go check it out!

I met up with artsy friends Kathi and Ellie to brave the crowds. There were over 200 exhibitors, and we managed to walk BY every booth at least (we think). It was wonderful to meet Patti in person. I met her and her husband Mark for dinner on Friday night, and we had fun gabbing about art & life. On Sat. we stopped by her booth several times in our travels and happened to arrive just as she received a ribbon from the show organizers!
IMG_8218x Patti wins a ribbon!Sentry By Patti Monroe-Mohrenweiser
Patti does amazing things with repurposed materials. I bought this shadow box "Sentry" made with weathered wood from her kids' old playhouse and an encaustic collage featuring one of her photographs.

My other purchases were this pendant made from a silver fork by Dianne Pecor (who coincidentally is a relative of Kathi's) and this fun paper mache Halloween cat bobble head by Monnie & Patrick Wilson of Manitowoc, WI.
Fork Pendant By Dianne PecorHalloween Cat By The Wilsons
I also bought something from Dianne that I can't yet reveal since it's a birthday/Christmas present for my brother and his wife, but it involves silverware, a cat & fishes and makes noise. Ellie bought a bat-shaped garden ornament from Shari Grenzow Mauer.
IMG_8216x Ellie & Kathi
We also took scenic photos :D This was my first time visiting Holy Hill, but after all that arts & crafts walking I didn't have any energy left to climb the 178 steps to the tower for the full panoramic view. We took the elevator up to the basilica and then walked back down the hill afterwards. More photos in my Flickr set.
IMG_8220 Basilica of Holy HillIMG_8239 Holy Hill


Mel said...

Looks like you guys had a ball! I'll have to make that trip next year. :D

vintagepix said...

Next year! Start saving your $$ now :D And we'll walk up the tower steps BEFORE we exhaust ourselves...

EraserQueen said...

That looks like so much fun! I wanted to take pictures at Colorscape in Norwich, but forgot my camera O_o

vintagepix said...

Hey, EQ - You can use some of my pix - maybe no one will notice! :D Always frustrating not to have a camera on hand (because that's when you see Elvis & UFOs of course ;o)

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