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Thursday, November 24, 2016

VESTA Art and Craft Show & Sale.

WELLSBORO—"Art for Hearth & Home," the 33rd Annual Vesta Art and Craft Show & Sale, will open with a gala reception and entertainment on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro. Admission is always free. The event is open to the public.
The artisans will be on hand Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday to answer questions about their work. The show will also be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 of Dickens weekend.

Visitors to the Gmeiner Friday night will be treated to an array of sweets, hors d'oeuvres and beverages from wine and punch to coffee and tea and music performed by 14-year-old Creslyn Kilmer on guitar and ukulele.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Vernal Pool, a Celtic trio, will perform traditional Scottish, Irish and Appalachian instrumental and vocal music.

On display and for sale Dec. 2-23 and Jan. 6-29 will be fiber arts, wood art and jewelry by multi-media artists Barbara Most of Rose Valley in Trout Run, Ali Taylor of Montoursville and Raquel Rogers of Wellsboro; ceramics by Amy Logsdon of Bath, New York; photographic explorations of Pennsylvania by Anne Sutley Miller and woven scarves by Ruth Anne Miller, a fiber artist, both of Morris; willow baskets handcrafted by Patti Dillman of Sabinsville; handbags and purses created by Patty McDonald of Tioga from cotton and cork fabrics; and paintings by Kathryn Cummings of Tioga and SatyaVani P. Akula of Elmira, New York.

Not only will those attending the show see original artwork and handmade crafts but will also see portrayals of each Vesta artist's studio and the tools she uses.

The 11 artists known as Vesta take their name from the Roman goddess of hearth, home and family. "There is an intrinsic warmth to the scarves, baskets and artwork on display in this exhibit because everything is made by hand, not mass-produced," said Anna Wales, Gmeiner director. "Each painting is inspired by a personal experience. Every basket is hand-woven from local willow, and the pottery is worked by hands that care," Wales added.

During December the show will be open from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, Dec. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 10 & 11 and 17 & 18.

Beginning Christmas Eve through Jan. 5, the Gmeiner will be closed for the holidays. On Jan. 6, the Gmeiner and the Vesta show will re-open. The Vesta artisans will be bringing in new items for their show and sale, which will continue during regular gallery hours through Sunday, Jan. 29.

For more information, email gmeinerartscenter@gmail.com.

Patty McDonald is shown with a selection of the purses and bags she has handcrafted from fabrics, including cotton and cork. "The cork looks and feels like leather but does not water stain," McDonald said. Her creations will be on display and for sale at the Vesta Art and Craft Show & Sale.

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