With 180 artisans from around the country, the New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival committee, award-winning artists, volunteers, and townspeople enthusiastically prepare for their largest arts & crafts festival yet on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29, 2019! The two-day event is rain or shine with $1 admission per person, and a free trolley to/from South Main Street at the historic Parry Mansion. The Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Festival consists of premier artists and craftspeople from around the country who specialize in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wood turning, rustic furniture, pottery, glassware, wearable art including leather and fabric handbags, handspun or felted clothing, and jewelry of hand-blown glass beadwork, precious and semi-precious metals, and stones.
Music and entertainment will be provided by acoustic musicians Andrew Lobby, Lara Grant, Elinore Leonards, Faye Adinda, A.C. Mitchell, with State Street Tribal dancers with director, Paula Phillips, and DJ Brian Soto. The Festival will also offer an outdoor, variety-filled food court area with something for every “palette,” including food trucks and tents filled with delicious and colorful eating options.
2019 returning, award-winning artists will include last year’s Best of Show: Photographer Jim Spillane; 1st place 2018 Winners: Caelin McDaniel Pottery, LeAnne Marquis Jewelry, Basia Andrusko Pysanky, along with past years’ Best of Show winners, Arts Oil and Pastel artist, Bob Richey, and photographer Steven Daniel.
Past 1st Prize winners include Photographer: Ruth Taylor, Painter: Phillip Singer, Fiber artist: Kathy Dinsmore, Glass artist: Tari Zarka, and Jewelry artist: Monique Perry, amongst the other jury-selected artisans, with unique, various art forms. In charge of judges who will award nearly $4,000 in prizes is freelance writer and curator, Louise Feder, former assistant curator, James A. Michener Art Museum.
Families with children are welcome and encouraged! A special Family Activity area will be offered inspiring children to create and join in the arts. In the same area, but more secluded will be an area for nursing mothers and baby changing, while art projects, bubble-blowing, sidewalk chalk, and hula hoops keep the rest of the kids busy.
The New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival thanks Penn Community Bank, formerly First Federal, proud Sponsor for 13 years, Linda Rowe, Stephanie Nagy, and Sharon Flanagan, Organizers, and Presenter: The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce.