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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: Long Island City, NY
For De Dandy Michael Darouiche, style is more than what you wear, “style is a way of being done.” As such, this Sugarloaf Family member is dedicated to being done up right. Only the finest materials go into his handmade jewelry and accessories.
A native of Lebanon, Michael incorporates shining 18kt gold, premium 999 sterling silver, quality diamonds, sapphire, rubies, emeralds and other semi-precious stones intended to dazzle the eye and stir the heart. His designs are clean and elegant.
Hometown: Millington, MI
Dan Davenport makes hand hammered aluminum giftware using a traditional French technique called “repousse” meaning pushed up. The designs are drafted with pencil and paper which is used to make an engraving in reverse of the image. Next they place a piece of aluminum over the engraving and hammer the image into the aluminum. This same technique was used in the creation of the Statue of Liberty.
Using recycled aluminum, he and his wife Ruth, produce over 100 items including decorative and commemorative trays, bookmarks, plates, coasters, pins, ornaments and crosses. They run American Forging out of Millington, MI, where they share various roles of running the business.
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
Vermont ceramics artist Kathryn Davis likes to highlight the beauty of some of our most necessary everyday items – dinnerware! She’s a Sugarloaf family member you are sure to find making great handmade stoneware and porcelain.
Kathryn throws each piece by hand on her potters’ wheel and fires it in an outdoor kiln. Her glaze colors draw on the outdoors as well. We love the way she uses warm, rich goldenrod; the rusty orange of fallen pine needles and green the shade of high summer leaves.
Kathryn specializes in bowls, mugs, jars, and sugar and creamer sets. They are dishwasher, microwave and food safe.
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
New Jersey-based artist John DeAmicis’ illustrations capture feelings and moments that occur in everyday life, often incorporating quotations, thoughts and other unusual interpretations.
Armed with nothing but a pen, pencil and wit, John describes himself as a “keen observer of life.” He likes to tease out some of life’s more idiosyncratic elements and get people to connect with them. You’ll get to see the world through his eyes, framed by clever satire. His illustrations appeal to a wide range of people, including animal lovers and golfers.
John’s work has been compared to Charles Bragg and Daumier, and has been displayed in galleries all over the world. He’s a wonderful examples the kind of caliber of artist you’re likely to find at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.
A member of the National Cartoonists Society, some of the more notable owners of John’s work include Sir Elton John, Shirley Maclaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti and Henry Kissinger. Stop by one of our festivals and add your name to that illustrious list!
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: Front Royal, VA
Though he’s been working with wood for over 25 years, Tony DeMasi only recently turned it into a full-fledged business in 2015. He creates beautiful and functional bowls, vases, platters, pens, bottle stoppers and other items out of cherry, maple, large salted maple, box elder, walnut, mulberry and other woods. Most of his wood is carefully sourced from dead trees in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. A few times he received wood from Thomas Jefferson’s plantation in Charlottesville and from the White House.
Be sure to take a look at Turnings by Tony at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. His artistic creations make great wedding, anniversary and holiday gifts.
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: Fort Wayne, IN
Hand Jive is an independent clothing company created by designer Dawn DeSanto. The company is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana and specializes in fun, funky apparel for women of all ages.
Every Hand Jive piece is made by hand and is full of personality, featuring a bohemian flair that still feels totally current. Tank tops and blouses feature loose, breezy fabrics and multicolored patterns mixed and matched in a truly one-of-a-kind way. Hand Jive also makes tunic tops that can be worn with leggings or jeans and vests that are perfect for layering over other items. You’ll also find flattering dresses in retro shapes and styles in chevron prints, peacock patterns and other bright, bold shades. If you’re looking for clothing that will really make a statement and make you feel unique and inspired, be sure to look out for Hand Jive at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals.
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: Buffalo Mills, PA
Woodworker Bob DeWitt and his design partner Dominique Vallon make handcrafted kitchenware that is as functional as it is beautiful. From selecting the wood to finishing each piece, these Sugarloaf Family members manage every step in the production process.
To make each piece, Bob and Dominique source sustainable wood harvested from their own property, or find it elsewhere in the region from trusted purveyors. Spoons are made from regional hardwoods like cherry, maple, ash, black walnut and apple. Chopping blocks and cheese boards are made from solid one-piece, seasoned, domestic hardwoods like cherry and tiger maple, featuring beautiful heart wood grain with natural free-form lines. Everything is hand carved and treated with nontoxic mineral oil and beeswax.
Everything Bob makes is backed by his pledge of integrity. It’s his personal guarantee covering the quality of the wood and carving methods, sanitation concerns and other details. We would expect nothing less!
Each piece comes with the pledge of integrity, plus detailed instructions and beeswax for everyday care.
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Jessica Dey makes hand-sewn and hand painted journals which are suited for writing, sketching, watercolor painting, you name it! She always likes to have a notebook nearby in case the urge to write or sketch hits her. She makes handmade journals because she feels they are more fun for travel or any special occasion you want to record.
One journal takes many hours to make. The pages are handsewn together with a wax-covered thread and attached to a cloth spine. The cloth spine holds up better than leather under repeated use. She designs an original hand painted cover for each journal.
At Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals, Jessica is accompanied by Horton, a Yorkshire Terrier Daschund mix. Horton helps her manage her PTSD symptoms incurred through combat service in Iraq. Her husband, Sean, co-owns and helps run the business.
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: Philadelphia, PA
Elaine Dimino’s love of fabric crafts began in childhood when she would accompany her mother on frequent trips to the fabric store with visions of new outfits dancing in her head.
She was a nurse in a busy Philadelphia hospital for many years. Seeking a respite from her demanding job, she pulled out the fabric and accessories she inherited from her grandmother and began creating beautiful gift boxes. Her gift boxes are covered on the outside and inside with a variety of fabric designs. They’re great for storing treasured mementos, jewelry, accessories, stationery and more.
Her craft business has always been a family affair. For many years her mother, Gloria, worked with her helping her choose the right fabrics and accessories for the boxes and accompanying her to shows. Her father would drive her mother to many fabric stores in upstate New York looking for suitable fabrics. Her sister, Ann Marie, maintains her website and writes the product descriptions.
Elaine works out of her home in Philadelphia surrounded by the trimmings of a fabric craft business. She loves hearing how shoppers at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals use her boxes for gifts and for themselves.
Hometown: Hermitage, PA
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: Ocean City, NJ
City 2 Shore Gourmet is one of our tasty food vendors at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals, and we’re proud to carry high quality products from this Ocean City, New Jersey-based company. City 2 Shore Gourmet specializes in vinegars, olive oils, salts and other gourmet goods, and people across the country have enjoyed these culinary products since 2010.
City 2 Shore Gourmet’s olive oils are sourced straight from Italy, and they come in a variety of different styles for a number of uses. From dipping oils for breads to butter oils for cooking, you’ll find all kinds of olive oils from this trusted retailer. City 2 Shore Gourmet also carries balsamic vinegars and vinegar blends in 8.5 ounce bottles and many different flavors. Top off your culinary creations with City 2 Shore Gourmet sea salts, which feature unique seasonings like Hickory Smoke, Chipotle Cinnamon and Dulse Seaweed.
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
Hometown: Rustberg, VA
Joseph Dyson started playing around with a camera in 2011 and didn’t want to put it down. Soon he went from being a journeyman machinist who hunted waterfowl in his spare time to an avid photographer who hunts wildlife and landscape shots. Every year he travels to Africa, Alaska, South America and many U.S. National Parks in search of awe inspiring images.
He learned the ropes of wildlife photography by accompanying experienced photographers on tours and expeditions. Photographing animals in the wild requires enormous patience as well as photography skills. He sometimes sits and waits 8 or more hours for a family of lion cubs to wake up and start playing. He has to watch and wait and then be ready to shoot when the animals are active.
The practice of photographing wildlife and the outdoors has deepened his appreciation for the natural world. He hopes his work inspires others to feel a greater urgency to protect wildlife and natural resources.