Marshall Cultural Council Craft Festival deemed a success

Sunday, March 27, 2011
A group of kids watches in fascination as Marshall High School art teacher Kaela Welliever works clay on a pottery wheel during the Marshall Cultural Council Craft and Art Festival Saturday, March 26. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Marshall Cultural Council officials said the organization's first Craft and Art Festival Saturday, March 26, was a considered a success, organizers said.

More than 60 vendors from around the area filled Marshall High School gym and spilled out into the commons with a wide variety of crafts, artwork and retail items.

The booth fees and concessions raised money for the Bob James Jazz Festival and other council activities that are in the planning stages. Event coordinator Kathy Green estimated the organization raised more than $2,000 after expenses.

Jacob Hatfield demonstrates how to create an Ojos de Dios during the Craft and Art Festival at Marshall High School Saturday, March 26. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

"I knew that putting on the craft fair was going to be a lot of work, but thanks to my committee, Barbara Taylor and Judy Van Deren, it came together," she said. "The real icing on the cake was Pat (Nolan) taking care of the concession stand."

There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, Green said.

In addition to displays, there were demonstrations of basket weaving by Pam Thompson, pottery by Kaela Welliever, Ojos de Dios weaving by Jacob Hatfield and glass bead-making by Adam Arth.

The council plans to make the craft and art festival an annual event.

"I am already thinking about what we need to do next year to make it even bigger and better," Green said. "The majority of the comments from the vendors was very positive. I have registrations for next year already and promises from others that want to come back and want the same booth they had this time."

In addition to council members who pitched in, Green thanked Marshall High School for the use of the facility and offered a special thanks to Marshall FFA students who helped vendors unload their wares Friday evening, Saturday morning and pack up Saturday afternoon.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

Online:
www.marshallculturalcouncil.org

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