Here is a snapshot of local artists whose work will be showcased at the annual festival on Oct. 2-3, 2021 in Merchants Square.
Will Bellucci: The master wood carver trained in England has hand-carved vessels in galleries along Alaska’s Inside Passage. His tree-to-table process is extensive in making keepsakes that become treasures in patrons’ homes.
Bruce Easley: This Seaford artist creates customized scrimshaws of customers’ homes, beach cottages and boats. His love of the rare art form practiced by Native Americans, whalers and Eskimos relies on using a synthetic ivory substitute as his tool.
Ryan Eure: The wire wrap artist uses natural cut and uncut gemstones combined with Argenteum silver, sterling silver and solid gold wires. The former intern from The Precious Gem in Williamsburg is inspired by mixing aspects of native cultures and ancient civilizations with postmodern and art-deco qualities.
Elizabeth Krome: This Toano potter and founder of Quail Run Pottery enjoys the feeling of the clay changing shape in her hands when she creates the “just-right” bowl, the handle of a well-balanced mug or a perfectly shaped lid.
Anne Murphy: Acrylics are the Hampton artist’s favorite medium with a focus on abstract themes that continue to evolve.
Brian Murphy: The Plein Art painter from Newport News captures some of the most beautiful places in Europe in his light-filled works that steal your breath.
Bobby Oller: You’ll find his sense of humor and creative eye in a variety of media. The Williamsburg resident crafts whimsical trees, landscapes, people and animals into works of art that engage the imagination.
Dion Pollack: His slowly carved pens are made from wood, reconstituted stone, watch parts, feathers, various found objects and resins. The glossy finish adds to their unique beauty that makes them one-of-a-kind gifts.
Russell Turnage: The texture is so authentic on this Lanexa artist’s porcelain designs that you can feel it without touching it.
Kathy Wooldridge: The Christopher Newport University graduate uses sand carved and stained glass techniques to create window panels and sculptural pieces. In 2002, she designed an ornament representing Virginia for the White House Christmas tree.