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Hometown: Fredericktown, OH
Hometown: Fredericktown, OH
Hometown: Troutman, NC
Stop by Paul Dannecker’s booth at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival if you’re looking for hand-crafted silver jewelry that’s as versatile as it is beautiful. Dannecker hails from Troutman, NC, where he forges a collection of high-quality gold and silver necklaces, earrings, rings and more for the discerning jewelry-lover. Dannecker’s twisted metal designs are often complemented by attention-grabbing semi-precious stones that are hand-picked for each piece.
Dannecker offers a collection of signature twisted silver jewelry featuring high-quality sterling silver and freshwater pearls. Dannecker’s skill at making the metal dance alongside the pearls — almost as though they’re floating in thin air — makes each piece a genuine work of art. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals hosts multiple annual art and craft shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region each year. Be sure to visit our schedule to find an upcoming show near you!
Hometown: Troutman, NC
Susan Dannecker is a photographer from Troutman, NC who has been exhibiting her unique photography at fine arts and crafts fairs throughout the area.
Hometown: Trenton, MI
Jeweler Catherine Davis has aptly named her line of fine jewelry made from gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones Unique Creations. Each piece of her collection features a bold splash of color with precious and semi-precious stones in unusual cuts set in a complimentary juxtaposition to create a bold statement. Find truly one-of-a-kind pieces in the Unique Creations booth at many of the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals throughout the year.
Each piece in the Unique Creations collection is in itself unique, and the perfect complement to the individual who likes to add a bright pop of color in their outfits and accessories. Davis has developed a signature style over the years that she has crafted jewelry under the Unique Creations label from her Michigan-based studio.
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ
Hometown: East Syracuse, NY
After learning the art of sewing working as a young man in the family sewing business, Geraldo De-Souza branched out into his own designs, and eventually found his calling with handmade bow ties. As a man who enjoys making people smile, Geraldo found he could do just that by taking a classic fashion accessory and giving a fun modern look. His bright bow ties are the centerpiece of any outfit with their bold colors and dashing patterns. Everything from classic plaid bow ties to ties with flowers and cartoon eyes are available to showcase your personality.
Geraldo’s distinctive bow ties are designed to be worn every day, and can be appreciated by men, women and children. By producing less than 30 of each style, he makes sure you always have a fresh, unique look, and will never end up wearing the same bow tie as your neighbor. And if you truly do need a special tie for a special occasion, he can craft those as well. Stop by to meet Geraldo and see how you can add a truly original flair to your next outfit!
Hometown: Milltown, NJ
"Artist, writer, and man of whimsy."
Looking for a laugh? Check out the witty drawings and illustrations of New Jersey-based artist, John DeAmicis. His tools are pen, pencil, and humor. John describes himself as a "keen observer of life" and you're sure to be inspired by seeing the world through his eyes. If you're a lover of music, nature, and even Einstein, you will enjoy his cleverly crafted satirical artwork.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
La Contessa by Mary DeMarco-Wolfe is three things above all else: creative, hand-crafted and unique. DeMarco-Wolfe and her husband Buddy Wolfe have been creating La Contessa jewelry since 1986, when they unveiled their very first line of nature-inspired pewter jewelry and gifts. Each La Contessa piece is inspired by the artist’s Italian heritage as well as her love of antiques, gardening and travel. The Baltimore-based team crafts every last piece right here in the U.S. with a commitment to quality, beauty and value. Despite its success, La Contessa is often represented at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals throughout the season.
DeMarco-Wolfe received a degree in fine arts from the University of Baltimore, Maryland and then went on to study in Florence, Italy, where she solidified her love for Old World craftsmanship. A beautiful collection of lead-free pewter bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pins, rings, gifts and tableware unites the La Contessa collection, and each one is finished with exquisite stones and embellishments that give it a one-of-a-kind flair. All pieces are hand-crafted in DeMarco-Wolfe’s Baltimore studio. Sugarloaf Craft Festivals is proud to offer this artist alongside many other prominent jewelry makers.
Hometown: Butler, TN
Woodworker Scott Deming shows what is possible. More than 30 years ago, Deming started working full-time with wood although he had no previous experience. A self-taught artist, Deming has honed his style over the years depending on the type of piece he is working on. He shows that art is inside people and not something that can necessarily be taught by a teacher or from a book.
His goal with each piece is to design something that is one-of-a-kind with a sense of movement and an organize flow. He works with domestic hardwoods, using a combination of dark and light woods. He sculpts the wood using a series of grinders and sanders, working without sketches so the wood can speak to the type of art it turns into. From shelves to frames, Deming has a vast collection of piece for you to see at the next Sugarloaf Craft Festival.
Hometown: Rye Brook, NY
Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY
Known in the fine art and craft circuit as the “Ear Cuff Man,” Paul Phillipe Desrochers has more than 25 years of experience specializing in ear cuff design. Desrochers also has over 50 years of experience as a sculptor, where his work has been on display in both Canada and the United States for decades. Desrochers Studio is located in Sugarloaf, NY and specializes in creating truly unique ear cuffs. “Each ear cuff is conceptualized, sketched, molded and handmade with precise attention to detail. The result is an elaborate work of art and tiny sculpture for your ear. Each creation starts in the mind and flows to the torch...you add the final touch." From the whimsical (turtles) to the graceful (flowers) and edgy (geometric designs), Desrochers’ pieces have their own individualized personality. Made from fine metals such as sterling silver, his ear cuffs are often accented with amethyst, onyx, green jade, garnet, turquoise, amethyst and other precious and semi-precious gems.
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Daina Dickens puts her personality into each piece of jewelry she creates, and each necklace, bracelet and other bauble is a reflection of her zest for life. Dickens is known for her trademark, “double-helix” necklaces or bracelets, and her jewelry line is appropriately named D.N.A. by Daina. She uses a unique beading technique which combines the finest of Swarovski crystals and pearls, ‘Czech’ and Venetian glass beads and semi-precious elements into double-helix strands of smaller sparkling beads which orbit larger beads. Since each piece of jewelry is truly handmade, it adds to the validity that each spectacular piece is unique — just like each individual who wears it. Daina, a Columbus, OH resident, has a long lineage of appreciation for craftsmanship including her godfather, Karlis Miesniecks (1887-1977), a famous Latvian painter, and her mother who was a painter and who owned The Blue Sky Gallery in Columbus. Since 1988, she has been a professional artist and has been designing and creating exquisite three-dimensional jewelry.
Her designs can be found displayed at juried arts fairs and at galleries throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast.
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Hometown: Millville, PA
Mother Nature provides some of the best inspiration for our Sugarloaf artists, and Linda Doucette is the perfect example. Her Shades of Nature collection includes naturally dyed fiber art, woven paper paintings and small sculptures that are made uses natural elements. Whether it’s using flowers to create colorful dyes, turning mushrooms into sheets of paper or weaving natural fibers into soft and cozy cloths, Doucette has a knack for using the earth’s bounty in her creative pursuits. Her pieces combine beautiful designs with natural mediums that convey a rawness and purity not found in many other works of art.
Based in Millville, Pennsylvania, Doucette, works out of her own farmhouse, which contains workshops for felting and dying along with a small farm where she raises her own alpacas and angora rabbits for their luxurious fibers and a garden where she tends to flowers and plants used to create natural dyes. If you love eco-friendly artwork, be sure to check out Shades of Nature at your next visit to a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival.
Hometown: Fallston, MD
Lorene Drabo has been sewing almost since birth, and her Pour La Pluie line of rainwear for women and children offers great protection while also making a fashion statement. Named after the French phrase meaning “For the Rain”, Lorene’s trench-coat style rain jackets are made using cotton fabrics that have been overlaid with a semi-gloss laminate treatment, making them both water-repellant and breathable. A wide variety of printed and coordinated fabrics offer any sort of style, from sophisticated to flamboyant to whimsical – all with a classic tailored look.
After being introduced to her craft for her grandmother, who had worked as a tailoress in Italy, Lorene later received textile and clothing degrees from Framingham State University and the University of Massachusetts. But more important is her lifelong unbridled enthusiasm for her work. The Pour la Pluie line also includes rain hats, women’s swing coats and tote bags, which are made using the same materials and with the same passion. Cast aside boring black or brown rainwear and try out Lorene’s work at a Sugarloaf Crafts Festival this season.
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Love typography? Then you’ll adore Daniel Duffy’s Philly Word Art. Duffy offers a unique take on Philadelphia’s local culture and national sports icons that incorporates the use of meaningful and attractive text into the design. The words used to create each bring added depth to the work’s significance. Meanwhile, the text also serves to act as part of the design itself by adding texture and color in unique and creative ways. By using the elements of typography, Duffy has developed a creative way to memorialize everything from athletes to musicians to locations.
Sports fans are especially drawn to Daniel Duffy’s Philly Word Art. However, there are other beautiful works that will appeal to other interests, including travelers, animal lovers, history buffs, music appreciators and more. See Duffy’s detailed and engrossing works up close and meet the artist himself at a Sugarloaf Craft Festival near you.
Hometown: Baden, PA