Congrats Grads!

Stay creative in the adult world with inspiration from these 5 amazing artists! 

Congrats Grads! You’ve finished school and now it’s time to navigate the adult world. Sugarloaf wants to help you keep your creative edge by offering a little inspiration from five amazing artists that have been featured at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.

Kathleen Small
Kathleen Small is the artist behind Small Xpressions Art Studio. Her unique paintings focus on highlighting the hidden beauty in everyday life. The self-taught painter primarily works with oil and acrylics, offering custom commission work to those that seek beauty. She also hosts painting parties to share her passion with others.

 

Denise Karbassi

Denise Karbassi is the founder and designer at Behind Blue Eyes, LLC. Born to a family of artists, Denise knew from a young age that she wanted to be an artist. She began honing her skills in kindergarten, excelling at art and earning the praise of her teachers. After dabbling in a variety of arts, she finally combined her water color skills on textiles creating a unique and colorful clothing line.

 

 

 

Andrew Nichols

Andrew Nichols is an established painter based out of New York. His contemporary designs focus on capturing the emotion and feeling of real people. He has painted celebrities, musicians, political figures and more, capturing the emotions of the moment and making statements about modern society.

 

 

 

Thomas Phelps
Thomas Phelps isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. The potter works from his studio and retail space in Floyd, VA, creating some of the most unique ceramic arts of today. His signature googly-eyed clay monsters are a favorite for those with love of whimsy, but his designs also include more functional pieces such as spoon holders, mugs, vases and more. 

Jeanne Scott
Jeanne Scott-Zumwalt is the mastermind behind Gone to Pot. The collection features dozens of beautiful, yet functional ceramic home goods such as cookie jars, teapots and more. The stunning designs look equally at-home in a kitchen or in an art gallery. Scott-Zumwalt tends to mix traditional with modern, for a style that appeals to a wide range of customers.

Featured Artist Cris Coloni - Acrylic + Sharpie!

They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. “Sorrow” by Cris Coloni takes this notion to a whole new level. The breathtaking design features an eclectic blend of acrylic paint and black sharpie. The thin, crisp black lines stand out in stark contrast to the thick acrylic background, drawing the attention of the viewer to the eyes of the image. The face in the painting is depicted with its eyes closed and its brows drawn as if is about to release a tear.

The soft brown background includes swatches of red that add to the feeling of the piece. The red color is not only eye-catching and emotional, it is also reminiscent of the ruddiness associated with crying and great sadness. Details like the accent colors used in Coloni’s paintings are never insignificant and often add to the emotional undertones of the design.

Though the gender of the subject in Coloni’s powerful design is not immediately apparent, small details give clues to the viewer. A small extension on the upper right side accented with three simple black lines may be interpreted as a bun, indicating the subject is potentially female. The shape of the eyebrows and distinctive eyelashes further the design’s feminine identity and help express the underlying emotion.

Sugarloaf Celebrates Mom!

Celebrate mom by taking her to a Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Fall tour dates are now available. Give her tickets and a fun event to look forward to together!

Sugarloaf’s spring tour may be over, but it’s never too late to plan something special with your mom. Whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or just want to spend time with your mom, taking her to a Sugarloaf Craft Festival is a great way to make memories that will last a lifetime. The fall tour has been scheduled, so add the dates to your calendar now and spend the day exploring the world of art, meeting some of the hottest contemporary artists and shopping for beautiful handmade items at one of America’s largest artisanal markets.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals happen all over the country, so no matter where you live, there’s a festival happening near you. Pick your date, grab your mom and head on over. Sugarloaf festivals are about bringing together independent artisans, collectors and enthusiasts to create an atmosphere and experience that is unlike anything else. With hundreds of talented artists, fine crafts and designers at each of our festivals, there’s always something new and exciting happening.

Sugarloaf festivals are consistently ranked in the top-20 art and craft shows in the USA. What better way to show your mom how much you care about her than to spend the day doing something you both will love? Our shows offer something for everyone, so whether your mom likes to shop, watch demonstrations or see the world from someone else’s eyes, she’s sure to leave the festival happy.

Artist Spotlight - Interview with Thomas Von Koch

Learn more about Sugarloaf Craft Festival favorite Thomas Von Koch of WGK Glassart. If you don't have a collection of Thomas' work, now is the time to start! Learn more about Thomas and meet him this fall at Sugarloaf Crafts. 

Visit Thomas' website and browse his creations! 

 

What animal do you like creating most, and why?

I like creating the dragons because they are the most challenging but at the same time most rewarding pieces. 

You began your career as a lamp worker, and now you’re an esteemed glass blower. Tell us about your journey.

I began my career as a lamp-worker and am still a lamp-worker.  I began my apprenticeship in 1980 at one of the largest Scientific Glass manufacturers in Germany.  After the apprenticeship ended I teamed up with a fellow lamp-worker and founded in 1984 the Wertheimer Glaskunst company where we created decorative glass.  In 2007, I moved my business from Germany to the US.

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Why choose the animals that you choose (birds, sea life, dogs, mythical)? 

Of course I started doing animals for which there was a demand and also according my likings.  We try to offer different animals such as Badgers, Spiders, Canada Geese etc to stand out from the normal range of animals of other lamp-workers.

Who’s your favorite artist who ever lived, and why?  

Leonardi Davinci because he was a universal artist and genius which I admire. 

Find the Unique! Shop Small and Support Independent Artists THIS Weekend!

LAST CHANCE THIS SPRING!
SHOP SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVALS!
MD State Fairgrounds
April 28 - 30, 2017

Experience one of the largest craft shows on the east coast! This weekend, Sugarloaf Crafts Festival comes to town with 250+ talented independent artisans. Join us April 28-30 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium-Lutherville, MD! 

Sugarloaf is carefully curated and proud to present more than 250 of the nation's most talented artists to guarantee you some of the finest and most unique handmade items. Shop textiles and clothing, sculptures, paintings, glassworks, pottery and more. You'll find great pieces that celebrate form, function or both.

Enjoy live art demonstrations, yummy treats and kids' entertainment, too! Be part of our special community.

3 days only, open Friday & Saturday 10a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday 10a.m. to 5p.m. Buy tickets for $7 now or $10 at the door; kids 12 & under free. Free parking.

FEATURED ARTIST COMING TO TIMONIUM - Robert Dewitt

Did you know you could get such beautiful form and function hand-carved out of sustainable hardwoods? Don't miss Robert Dewitt's wood demonstrations at the Timonium Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Learn more about how he makes his signature wooden spoons and bowls! It's a rare opportunity to see his process up close.

 

FEATURED ARTWORK - High Back Glider by Walter Harper

Sturdy craftsmanship and design drive the minimalist look of Sittin' Easy furniture by Walter Harper. The high back glider is no exception -- a combination of form and function.

Water resistant and durable, each piece is cut from sustainably harvested white oak hardwood, and designed for use both indoors and outdoors. 

PAST TIMONIUM FEATURE -   Mark Mowen Leather

Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals is proud to work with artists like Mark Mowen of Mowen Leather Designs, featuring leather handbags, clutches and more.
Mark's use of high quality top grain cowhide ensures a lasting product. His drum-dying technique distributes colored dyes without a finish and leaves the leather supple & soft.  

COMING TO TIMONIUM - Billy Healy

Crystal Celtic roots run deep for Billy Healy of Healy Glass Artistry. An official Master of Crystal Craft, Billy followed his father's footsteps to create to create gorgeous glass carvings, etchings and more.

A native Irishman, Billy's work draws inspiration from the rich history and beauty of the Celtic Isles.

COMING TO TIMONIUM - Janet Mandel

Don't miss quirky animal sketches, photographs and prints from Kennedy, NY artist Janet Mandel. Her animal prints draw inspiration from her source photos taken in the wild, the zoo or her own back yard.

You'll certainly want to check out her Animal Mandala paintings and custom-made pet portraits.

COMING TO TIMONIUM - Dana Smallwood

While you're at the Timonium festival, drop in on Dana Smallwood and admire his one-of-a-kind Smallwood Clay ceramics, sculptures and other collectibles. The Lothian, MD pottery is well known for its attention to detail and intricately carved miniature animals. Check out his porcelain vases and other twice-fired home goods.  

COMING TO TIMONIUM - Chocolate Moonshine

Taste that sweet lightning! At the Timonium festival, treat yourself to the decadent charm of Edward Heller's Chocolate Moonshine. Quality, luxurious ingredients pack an indulgent punch to your palate.

Each chocolate bar is made with French and Belgian chocolate, organic cane sugar, fresh cream and liquor when noted.

Experience Great Art, Craft & Food at Sugarloaf Crafts in Gaithersburg THIS Weekend!

Visit Sugarloaf Crafts Festivalat the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD this weekend. Fun for the whole family, 3 days only!

Let’s embrace springtime! Come support 250+ talented independent artisans THIS weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 21-23 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Md.

Find unique crafts, clothing and more. Shop wares from our juried selection of more than 250 small business artisans featuring one-of-a-kind pieces like hand-carved wood furniture, pottery, spun metal sculptures, handbags and jewelry. Meet the artists, watch live art demonstrations and enjoy feel-good shopping!

Sample treats from specialty vendors at the “Festival of Food,” watch artist demonstrations, and entertain the kids with dress up theater. See what makes Sugarloaf a community!

Don’t miss out and tell your friends! Buy tickets now for $8, $10 at the door. Kids 12 & under free. Free parking. 3 days only.

Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Featured Artist Coming to Gaithersburg – David Nugent

Don’t miss gold and silver jewelry from the Evensong Jewelry Collection by David Nugent. Shop rings, bracelets, pendants and more featuring precious and semi-precious gemstones.

 

Featured Art Piece: Elaine Thompson – “You, Me and the Old Oak Tree”

The Gaithsburg festival is dedicated to showcasing our artists’ unique visions. “You, Me and the Old Oak Tree” by Elaine Thompson is fine art expression at its best!

According to the artist herself, “two old friends reminisce about the good old days,” in this oil on canvas scene.

Past Gaithersburg Feature: Robert Dewitt Wood Demonstrations

Did you know you could get such beautiful form and function hand-carved out of sustainable hardwoods? Don’t miss Robert Dewitt’s wood demonstrations at the Gaithsburg Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Learn more about how he makes his signature wooden spoons and bowls! It’s a rare opportunity to see his process up close.

Coming to Gaithersburg: Helen Weichman

The Gaithsburg Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is proud to showcase Groundhog Blues Pottery. With more than 90 years combined experience, Helen and Alan Weichman together have been producing beautiful, hand-thrown ceramics since 1973. Come see their artist demonstrations and shop exceptional decorative and functional bowls, sculptures and more.

Coming to Gaithersburg: Loreen Drabo Textiles

Just like their French name suggests, Lorene Drabo’s Pour la Pluie jackets were literally made for the rain. Get the look of a classically tailored trench in sophisticated styles and whimsical patterns.

Water-repellant and breathable, each jacket is made using cotton fabrics overlaid with a semi-gloss laminate treatment.

Coming to Gaithersburg: Iris Benjamin Specialty Foods

At the Gaithersburg show, you’ll find a variety of vendors featuring specialty foods, like Iris Benjamin and BR Blends’ balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Their 100 percent balsamic vinegar deepens and gets richer with time, while infused olive oils really take vinaigrettes and dipping sauces to the next level.

See “Through the Eyes of David” Micelotta at the Gaithersburg festival! This Farmingville, NY photographer captures life's fleeting beauty, whether in the woods, in the city or out at sea.

His photos and abstract “Fracture Art” pieces are printed directly onto canvas to provide more dimension and save on framing.

Sugarloaf Shorts – Meet the Artists: Jeweler Marie Cuozzo

Sugarloaf Shorts! Meet Marie Cuozzo of Bear's Nest Studio Jewelry Design

Learn more about your favorite artists from the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. This week, meet jewelry designer Marie Cuozzo and learn more about her Bear’s Nest Studio. See her work at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals and take your favorite home!

Marie Cuozzo – Bear’s Nest Studio Jewelry Design

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Albany, New York.

Q. What’s your favorite part about attending Sugarloaf Craft Festivals?
A. Well organized, good customer profile for our craft (jewelry). Nice venues too.

Q. Have you been tempted to check out the other art on display here this weekend?
A. Yup! The Porcelain Garden, Teresa Pennington, Literary Calligraphy/Susan Loy, and Tommy Conch Jewelry.

Q. If you could work the booth with any artist who ever lived, who would your side-kick be?
A. John Singer Sargent

Q. What’s been your most popular art piece thus far?
A. Borosilicata Braided Kumihimo Necklaces – Our Signature Item.

Learn more about Sugarloaf Craft Festival artist Marie Cuozzo.

Springtime Arts & Crafts in Gaithersburg, MD! 4/21 - 23!

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Let's embrace springtime! Come support 250+ talented independent artisans THIS weekend at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, April 21-23 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD.

Find unique crafts, clothing and more. Shop wares from our juried selection of more than 250 small business artisans featuring one-of-a-kind pieces like hand-carved wood furniture, pottery, spun metal sculptures, handbags and jewelry. Meet the artists, watch live art demonstrations and enjoy feel-good shopping!

Don't miss out and tell your friends! Buy tickets online for $8 or $10 at the door. Kids 12 & under free. Free parking. 3 days only!

Montgomery County Fairgrounds
501 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

FEATURED ARTIST - COMING TO GAITHERSBURG!

David Nugent

Don't miss gold and silver jewelry from the Evensong Jewelry Collection by David Nugent. Shop rings, bracelets, pendants and more featuring precious and semi-precious gemstones.

FEATURED ARTWORK

"You, Me and the Old Oak Tree" by Elaine Thompson

The Gaithersburg festival is dedicated to showcasing our artists' unique visions. "You, Me and the Old Oak Tree" by Elaine Thompson is fine art expression at its best!

According to the artist herself, "two old friends reminisce about the good old days," in this oil on canvas scene.

FEATURED ARTIST - COMING TO GAITHERSBURG!

Kyle Wilson

You will love the captured splendor of everyday things by Left Behind Photography's Kyle Wilson. Browse prints of weathered boats, rusty cars and lasting memories.

COMING TO GAITHERSBURG - LIVE ART! HELEN WEICHMAN

The Gaithersburg Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is proud to showcase Groundhog Blues Pottery. With more than 90 years combined experience, Helen and Alan Weichman together have been producing beautiful, hand-thrown ceramics since 1973. Come see their artist demonstrations and shop exceptional decorative and functional bowls, sculptures and more.

 

COMING TO GAITHERSBURG -  Loreen Drabo Textiles

Just like their French name suggests, Lorene Drabo's Pour la Pluie jackets were literally made for the rain. Get the look of a classically tailored trench in sophisticated styles and whimsical patterns.

Water-repellant and breathable, each jacket is made using cotton fabrics overlaid with a semi-gloss laminate treatment.

COMING TO GAITHERSBURG - Iris Benjamin Specialty Foods

At the Gaithersburg show, you'll find a variety of vendors featuring specialty foods, like Iris Benjamin and BR Blends' balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Their 100 percent balsamic vinegar deepens and gets richer with time, while infused olive oils really take vinaigrettes and dipping sauces to the next level.

COMING TO GAITHERSBURG - David Micelotta Photography

See "Through the Eyes of David" Micelotta at the Gaithersburg festival! This Farmingville, NY photographer captures life's fleeting beauty, whether in the woods, in the city or out at sea.

His photos and abstract "Fracture Art" pieces are printed directly onto canvas to provide more dimension and save on framing.

Shop with Family for Easter!

Spend time at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals with the family this Easter by supporting local and independent artists from around the country! Both the Gaithersburg and Timonium festivals fall at the end of April, providing perfect family entertainment for you and your out-of-town guests.

Springtime is a season of renewal, creation and celebration. What better way to embrace all three elements with your family than through art? We produce art by taking things – whether they are objects, pigments or music notes – and putting them together in sometimes surprising ways to make something brand new. Art is absolutely born again and again from our imaginations.

Even if you aren’t in the market to purchase a new piece of art, Sugarloaf Craft Festivals also features music, live art demonstrations, food (with free samples!) and more. There’s creative fun to be had for the whole family!

Don’t forget, admission to each festival is an affordable $8 online or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under free! Buy your tickets for our festivals in Gaithersburg and Timonium today.

Sugarloaf Shorts! Meet Fashion Designer Joyce Stewart of Jes Irie Wear!

Sugarloaf Shorts! Joyce Stewart of Jes Irie Wear

Learn more about your favorite artists from the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. This week, meet chic fashion designer Joyce Stewart. Read on to learn more about Joyce!    

Joyce Stewart – Jes Irie Wear

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Long Island, NY

Q. What’s your favorite part about attending Sugarloaf Craft Festivals?
A. The shows are indoors and well organized. There is a community vibe at the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals that is uniquely Sugarloaf!

Q. Have you been tempted to check out the other art on display here this weekend?
A. I’m a fan of WGK Art Glass by Thomas Von Koch.     

Q. If you could work the booth with any artist who ever lived, who would your side-kick be?
A. Andy Warhol  

Q. What’s been your most popular art piece thus far?
A. My tunic, which is light weight, washable and packable!  

Learn more about Sugarloaf Craft Festival artist Joyce Stewart and her fashionable line of Jes Irie Wear.  

Meet Wood Artist John Robson!

Learn more about Sugarloaf favorite John Robson. Come out and meet him at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg, MD. His work is even more incredible in person!

 

1. What drives you to create those fantastically shaped mirrors of yours, and what message are you trying to convey?

I have always felt a strong creative urge. As it applies to my work and to the mirrors, each one starts out as a sawmill leftover or (like the one I am working on now) a pile of pieces of driftwood laying on the shop floor. Each piece is a design dilemma to be solved, each one has to achieve balance, show off the beauty of the wood, and downplay whatever weaknesses the wood has.

2. What’s your favorite type of furniture to create, and why?

I enjoy making twig furniture. Twig pieces are about as close to making something out of nothing as it gets. The process of creating a twig based piece begins when I prune the trees. I take those twigs that I gather when pruning, and proceed to take the bark off. Removing the bark from these twigs makes the wood look fresher and cleaner. From there I can use this wood that might otherwise be overlooked, and create my next piece.

 

3. Where do you find the wood that you use to carve your pieces?

(A caveat here, I don’t carve them in the classical hammer and chisel sense). The twig parts that I use are all pruning’s from trees in our yard, the driftwood is all from the North Fork of the Shenandoah River that runs right by our land. I buy leftovers from several local sawmills and my neighbors let me know when they are cutting trees on their land.

4. Who’s your favorite artist who ever lived, and why?

I a big fan of Abstract Expressionism. Mark Rothko is a favorite and also Piet Mondrian. A piece of driftwood doesn’t evoke an animal - it a form of abstract expression. Personally, the idea of the abstract is strong in myself. Traditional carvers have carved recognizable things. But that’s not my concept. If it actually looks like something, that’s not good. With regard to Driftwood pieces, what I like about that type of wood is that they tend to have little intricate parts and curves to them, which make them unique.

It’s Time for New Art! Shop Sugarloaf Craft Festivals this April!

Spring is here and it’s time to get excited for Sugarloaf Craft Festivals this April! Explore thousands of handmade goods by artists and fine craftspeople at our selective and curated events. The Sugarloaf Craft Festival spring tour is in full swing, only two chances left to shop unique goods this season.

Plan your trip to Gaithersburg, MD April 21 -23 or Timonium, MD April 28 – 30. Buy your tickets online and save. Our ticketing system is safe, secure and offers discounts for single and multiple orders. Any questions, call us at 1-800-210-9900. Enjoy the best and freshest art and crafts experience!

Featured Artist – Dee Miller

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Stopping to admire the flowers is easy to do with a bouquet of wooden blooms from DM Wooden Flowers and Vases. Since 1998, Dee and Michael Miller of Saline, Mich., have been crafting stunning creations that reflect the natural vibrancy and joy of “real” floral arrangements.

The timber-y tulips (and more) are fashioned out of soft carving wood called basswood. Each petal and stem is carefully shaped, then painted with up to 10 acrylic colors to capture perfectly each flower’s natural beauty. The wood blossoms are then finished with a white wax, guaranteeing they last longer than their ephemeral inspirations.

Featured Art Piece –
Cathy Holt – “Cthulu Njords”

A mug for when you can’t resist the morning call of Cthulhu! Claymonster Pottery’s Cthlulu Njord captures the adorable fierceness of Lovecraft’s water being in a coffee cup.

Find monster teapots, mugs and more by Cathy and Michael Holt, ceramics instructors at the Columbia Arts Center and Towson University, respectively.

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Past Show Feature – Meryls McGraw

Meryls McGraw, of The Meryls Collection LLC, has been a Sugarloaf artist for years. The Roswell, Ga. jewelry-maker creates stunning earrings that give you the look of multiple, delicate piercings without the commitment.

Each ear pin features fine metals like silver and yellow gold, natural stones, crystals or pearls.

What people are saying about Sugarloaf

“This was my second year to this event. There are so many creative people and ideas. Would highly recommend for crafters.” - Maria W

Artist coming in April –  Barbara Bass Textiles

Since 1977, fiber artist Barbara Bass has been creating beautiful, unique textiles that reflect the joy and passion she feels for her work.

Catch up with Barbara at Sugarloaf Craft’s Gaithersburg Festival April 21-23 and the Timonium Festival April 28-30. Check out her jackets, bags, scarves and more!

Visit Timonium April 28-30 – Sugarloaf Craft Festivals

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival 2017 spring tour travels to Timonium April 28-30

TIMONIUM, MD – Trade those April showers for paper flowers at the Timonium Sugarloaf Craft Festival April 28-30. Check out exciting wares from talented independent artists both homegrown and nationally renowned.

More than 250 artists are thoroughly vetted for the three-day juried show. Like all Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, the spring 2017 tour features some of the top artists in their class, plus fresh, emerging artists leading the latest trends. You’ll have exclusive access to thousands of select handmade goods in fashion, jewelry and fine art. With mediums like pottery, sculpture, glass, furniture, photography and more, you won’t get bored exploring unique creations from Sugarloaf’s artists.

But it’s not just about visual art. Festival attendees can experience live artist demonstrations, music from local musicians and tasty samples from dozens of specialty food providers. Children can find creative entertainment with the Middle Earth storytellers.

Don’t miss three full days of incredible art, music, food and more. At the Timonium Sugarloaf Craft Festival, there’s a little bit of creative inspiration for everyone.

For more information, festival map, schedule, directions, discounts and more click here.

INFO:
Friday & Saturday, April 28-29: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maryland State Fairgrounds
2200 York Road
Timonium-Lutherville, MD 21093

Tickets: $8 online (buy here) or $10 at the door. Kids 12 & under free.
Free parking
Open rain or shine

Spring 2017 Gaithersburg Sugarloaf Craft Festival Opens April 21!

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Take a spring weekend and dedicate it to art. Check out the Spring 2017 Gaithersburg Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds April 21-23.

Explore thousands of homemade wares from over 250 vetted artisans. Like all Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, this juried show features not only some of the top artists in their class but also fresh, emerging artists leading the latest trends in fashion, jewelry and fine art.  Shop unique creations in mediums like pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture, photography and more.

At Sugarloaf Festivals, you don’t just look at the art, you experience it as well. Get to know the artists face-to-face to learn about their creative processes, or attend a live demonstration or workshop to see how it’s done. Enjoy live tunes from local musicians, or settle the kids down for Middle Earth’s costume storytelling. Don’t forget to grab a nibble from one of the dozens of specialty food purveyors offering their tasty treats for sampling and purchasing.

With so much art, music, food and more, the Gaithersburg Sugarloaf Craft Festival truly has something for the whole family.

For more information, festival map, schedule, directions, coupons and more click here!

INFO:
Friday & Saturday, April 21-22: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 23: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Tickets: $8 online (buy here) or $10 at the door. Kids 12 & under free.
Free parking
Open rain or shine

About Paper Artist Cyndi Mylynne – Sugarloaf Crafts

Learn about papermaking by Cyndi Mylynne of Double Vision Studios!

Fiber artist Cyndi Mylynne has been destroying her work time and time again. In fact, she literally beats the inspiration into her art!

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It’s all for a good cause, though. When it comes to her handmade papermaking, the more vehemence the better. Creating paper is a messy process that involves beating plant fiber into a pulp, soaking it in water, dying it and drying it out.

A self-taught artist, Cyndi enthusiastically embraced papermaking as a creative medium. Her handmade paper isn’t traditional “paper” like in notecards and stationery, but rather abstract art itself. To create unique textures and impressions, she stamps the sheets with found objects including gears and fossils. She also never presents her work behind glass, preferring to invite the public to reach out and touch her imagination.

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To make your own paper at home, you’ll need water, paper scraps, an old blender (no hand-beating required), large rectangle tub, mold & deckle, boards, towels and a bit of patience. Soak the paper scraps overnight, then run the soggy mix through the blender to make slurry. Pour the pulp into the bin (ideal size: a “bus tub” from a restaurant) until it is halfway full, then top off with water. Swirl the fibers to disperse them, then strain some sheets using a mold & deckle. You’ll then “couch” your paper by removing it from the screen and laying it on a towel, before pressing the water out with wooden boards. Then let it dry for 1-3 days.

Sugarloaf Craft Festivals Stops in Somerset, NJ - THIS WEEKEND!

Shop Sugarloaf Craft Festivals THIS WEEKEND in Somerset, NJ

Your Last Chance to Shop Sugarloaf in Somerset - we move to Edison, NJ Fall 2017!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 10A - 6P
SUNDAY: 10A - 5P
$8 ONLINE / $10 AT THE DOOR

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE
FREE PARKING
OPEN RAIN OR SHINE

SUGARLOAF CRAFTS FESTIVAL
MARCH 24, 25, 26, 2017
GARDEN STATE EXHIBIT CENTER
50 ATRIUM DRIVE
SOMERSET, NJ 08873

Welcome the inspirational air of spring with a visit to the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Somerset, N.J. on March 24, 25 and 26. Take this unique opportunity to be surrounded by established and up-and-coming artists from all over the United States. Browse artisanal products of every kind including paintings, sculptures, metal works, home décor, photography, leather accessories and more.

The Central New Jersey festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 24th and 25th and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 26th. The event will take place rain or shine and parking is free.

Get your tickets for the Somerset, N.J. Sugarloaf Craft Festival ahead of time online for $8 or at the door for $10.

Self-taught artist, Cyndi Mylynne, specializes in crafting her own paper with which to create her gorgeous works of art. Cyndi aspires to incorporate touchable texture into her artwork in addition to visual appeal. She will be sharing her process in her popular papermaking demonstrations at the Somerset, N.J. festival.

Featured Art Piece – Rachel Smith

Beauty and functionality are perfectly integrated in Rachel Smith’s pottery and ceramics. Check out these charmingly textured and colored decorative ceramic spoons handmade by Rachel Smith of Rachel Smith Pottery at the Somerset, N.J. festival.

 

Past Somerset Feature – Marty Silverman

Marty Silverman of The Fountain and Sculpture Garden strives to capture the beauty of the world while enhancing the natural beauty of his medium with his striking stone sculptures. A Sugarloaf Craft Festival veteran, Marty has given very popular sculpting demonstrations at past festivals in addition to showcasing his artwork.

Coming to Somerset – Howard Field Artisanal Cheeses

Howard Field of Farm Fromage crafts farm-fresh artisan cheeses from organic cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk in Lancaster, Pa. Made in small batches, these specialty cheeses are bursting with flavor. Experience the joy of freshly-made handcrafted dairy products at the Somerset, N.J. festival.

 

 

Coming to Somerset – Bruce Garrabrandt

The whimsical drawings of colored pencil artist, Bruce Garrabrandt, are intended to inject a little joy into the world by putting smiles on their viewers’ faces.  These “punny” creations often feature animals that find themselves in nonsensical, comedic situations. Bruce also produces more traditional scenes of the Pennsylvania countryside.





Coming to Somerset – Ossi Rioux Hats

Find handmade designer hats straight from New York City from Ossi Rioux of Ossi Hats, Etc. at the March Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Ossi’s own unorthodox hat-making technique makes her hats especially unique. In addition to a variety of hats, she also creates scarves, quilts and other textile works of art.

Coming to Somerset – Daniel Riccio

Daniel Riccio has been creating art since the 1970s. Dynamic and creative, he crafts sculptures, paintings, jewelry and metal designs. Some of his most popular works are miniature sculptures from his Artifacts collection. Be sure to visit his booth at the Somerset festival to see his stunning creations in person.