13th Annual Holiday Arts Fair vendor highlights

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Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:06 AM

The General McLane Foundation’s 13th Annual Holiday Arts Fair is quickly approaching.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, November 16, at General McLane High School and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Nearly 80 vendors will be in attendance, including a variety of new vendors. This year’s crafts include: glass sculptures, wood working signs and décor, purses, jewelry, puzzles, soup, birdhouses, ceramics, paintings, pottery, and quilted, croched, stitched and sewn items.

In addition to vendors, there will be musical performances by the middle school band and chorus, the high school band and the ensemble of “Cats,” which takes place Nov. 21-24 at General McLane High School.

Here are some highlighted vendors of the event:

Sticky Foot Acres
Brenda Stafford’s Sticky Foot Acres offers goat milk soaps and lotions, as well as antique and refurbished farmhouse and country crafts. Her crafts include many decorated antiques and are one-of-a-kid, with no two items the same.

The goat milk soaps and lotions come from her own baby goats.

“After the babies are weaned, we use the milk in our soaps and lotions to put extra goodness in them,” said
Stafford, who has been doing this for 10 years now.

The Niles Before Christmas
Crafter Tom Niles specializes in hand-carved and painted original designs for Halloween and Christmas, featuring Santas, snowmen, witches, ghosts and Scrooges. Niles has been carving for more than 30 years and has a studio in Oil City. He uses basswood and acrylics to complete his designs.

During shows, he’s often demonstrating wood carving and interacting with the public.

Kim Kloecker Art Studio
A General McLane substitute teacher, Kim Kloecker takes inspiration from students and offers a variety of originals and fine art prints of her artwork, framed and unframed.

She is most noted for her work in watercolor, but also works in acrylics, colored pencils/pencil, Pen & Ink, Digital & Photography.
She also offers Prayer Cloths — hand-painted on vintage hankies, small wire key sculptures, hand-cut glitter houses and holiday floral arrangements featuring vintage Christmas ornaments along with Christmas prints inspired by the unknown greeting card artist of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s!

“As a substitute teacher at GM, I am known as ‘Mama K the Art Lady,’ who tags white boards with murals and cartoon characters,” she said. “Over the past several years I have listened to their advice and what you will see at the show is the fruit of my labor inspired by them.”
Check out her website, kimkloeckerart.imagekind.com, and the Etsy Store, at KimKloeckerArtStudio.

Tina’s Stitches
Owner Christina Bucci has a craft show customer for her entire life.

“I truly believe that you can find different and amazing items and gifts made by local artisans,” she said.

A retired teacher, Bucci started participating in craft shows three years ago and sells yoyo quilted crafts, a throwback craft that is unique. She will be bringing wall hangings, table runners, decorated gift bags, girls headbands, garlands, and Christmas ornaments.

Custom items can also be ordered, with most items able to be ready by Christmas.

Schoolcraft Studios
Schoolcraft Studios offers alcohol ink paintings, ornaments, cards, prints, jewelry, tiles and “art-on-the-go” kits.

Owner Sarah Schoolcraft found the technique online and said she loved it after giving it a shot.

What makes these unique is that the medium is very versatile and can be applied to so many surfaces, Schoolcraft said.

“Each piece is unique by the nature of ink making each piece an original,” she added.

You can find her on social media, or you can visit her website.

OMGSpecialties offer high quality personalized gifts, including picture slates, cutting boards, mugs, coasters, ornaments, mouse pads, tumblers, and magnets with the customers selected personal pictures.

Owners Bill and Sue Fisher started providing this service in June of 2018 and provide customers with the ability to sublimation print personalized pictures from their cell phones or original pictures on the above substrates while at the craft show.

Additional pictures can be found on their website.

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