Craft fair draws support for the arts
Vendors filled the commons and gymnasium at Marshall High School this past Saturday, March 18, offering a variety of goods for patrons as well as support for the Marshall Cultural Council.
MCC, an organization aimed at supporting performing and visual arts in Marshall, has coordinated the show for seven years.
For organizers, A Springtime Country Bazaar is months in the making, but set up begins the night before. MCC Secretary Kathy Green said once it’s set up, it’s interesting to see the transition.
“It just starts out as a plain old gym, and in a matter of two or three hours it’s just like a field of flowers blooming. It’s interesting to stand back and look,” she said, smiling. “We sold 90 booths this year. I think it’s wonderful.”
Green said she was taking a survey Saturday to better learn how the event could be more successful for vendors. One thing she said although the parking lot had been full of vehicles, she would love to see more community residents touring the show.
“There are art students here — just for (residents) to come see what these students do. This is what the council promotes,” Green continued. “We have awesome teachers, besides having kids that want to do it. We’ve had the Girl Scouts out here selling cookies. We’ve had the Boy Scouts out here raising money for their troop at the concession stand. We’ve had Relay for Life in here today. And all of those we help out with the booth fee so that we’re supporting what the community is doing.”
Marshall High School art students in Art 1-IV had multiple pieces for sale. Art instructor Brad Bickell said the department, which also includes instructor Mary Resz, provides three ceramics classes, some photography sketches and paintings.
“(The classes) are kind of designed to build on one another,” he said. “In Art I, you learn foundations and basics for drawing, painting and a little bit of sculpture. And as you progress at each level — the idea is that you are building the skills and at the same time start building personal expression. By the time you get to Art IV, you are pretty much self-guided.”
The Art IV students have the challenge of creating four pieces each semester, which includes sketching their ideas, researching artists and content, looking at other examples, and then designing their own work.
“Our current Art IV students do a really nice job, there is some really nice work,” he continued.
The students said they like art and plan to continue studying it after high school, and some are considering going into art education. The MHS art display was one of the first booths patrons saw as they entered the gym — with students offering face painting and other demonstrating ceramics and sculpture creation. The show proved to offer variety, with jewelry booths, quilts and woodcrafts. Other vendors showcased included handmade candles, gifts created out of aluminum, books and more.
“We’ve got lots of different stuff this year, as well as the usual,” Green said, pointing out a booth with pieces made of shotgun shells. “That is so clever. My husband says you are only limited by your imagination. We’ve had a lot of people in here that repurpose things. It’s been a beautiful show.”