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Local artists showcased at Art Fest

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

• WHAT: Art Festival

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7

• WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky   

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-626-1950

Artists throughout the area unite for the inaugural Art Festival, which takes place May 7 at the Sandusky State Theatre.

A joint venture between artists of the Vermilion Art Guild and the Firelands Area Art League, this unique event will feature works in various mediums — watercolors, oils, inks, pastels, graphics, hand-thrown and sculpted pottery, photography, carved wood, fine metal, glasswork jewelry and more — for display and purchase.

“I feel downtown Sandusky should have an art festival,” said Lake Waters Pottery co-owner Mary L. Waters, who conceived the Art Festival. “I think for a city its size, people should be exposed to art.”

 The Huron native, who also does pottery of her own, said the new event would stand out from other similar-minded happenings, such as the Firelands Art League spring show in Norwalk, where awards are presented and only a few vendors are in attendance.

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time Waters has teamed up with the Sandusky State Theatre. The two united for last year’s Festival of Lights and silent auction.

As for the Art Festival, Waters stressed, “This is really where the artists can get together. We have a lot of fun and also bring the art to the public, where they can also purchase it. Quite honestly, they can buy original art at reasonable prices.”

Here’s a look at a few of the artists expected at the free Art Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 in the State Room at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

Pam Reuber & Susan Culler of Suepam’s Sea Glass Jewelry/Dayton & Vermilion/sea glass and

unique-custom designed jewelry

How long have you been an artist?

Pam Reuber: We are two sisters that have always been artistic in home decorating, floral arrangements, sewing, painting, etc. As of April 2010, we have employed our

talents making jewelry.

What do you enjoy the most about being an artist?

We enjoy turning the sea glass into something beautiful and attractive. I live in Dayton and Sue Culler lives in Vermilion. Even through we are miles apart, we spend a lot of time together designing the jewelry and critiquing each other via the phone and Internet.

 

Have you completed anything you consider to be a masterpiece?

Sue has designed collages made from small pieces of sea glass. They are unusual and very attractive pieces of jewelry.

 

What’s the most common reaction people have when you tell them you’re an artist?

They want to see what we have designed.

 

What’s the best compliment you ever received about your art?

They want to instantly purchase the piece of jewelry I’m wearing, and they remark that they have never seen anything like it. Also, the Vermilion Art Guild was sufficiently impressed that they invited us to join the guild.

Lynda Fisher/Bellville/lampwork, beads

How long have you been an artist?

I’ve been making beads for two and a half years.

 

What do you enjoy the most about being an artist?

Being able to express myself in glass and then seeing others enjoy the end product.

 

Have you completed anything you consider to be a masterpiece?

No masterpieces, just lovely little gems.

 

What’s the most common reaction people have when you tell them you’re an artist?

Most people are very surprised to find that the beads in my jewelry are my own creations.

 

What’s the best compliment you ever received about your art?

I guess the best compliments are all of them. I just enjoy lampworking so much, so it’s a great joy to me to know others like my work.

Peg Needham/Sandusky/watercolors (pet painter)

How long have you been an artist?

I took my first painting class after I retired from BellSouth in Florida in 1982. I paint watercolors. Have recently started painting dogs and cats from their owners’

photographs.

 

What do you enjoy the most about being an artist?

I enjoy being able to bring a smile to someone’s face when they look at my work. And I have gathered such a great bunch of friends through art.

 

Have you completed anything you consider to be a masterpiece?

No masterpieces yet. Ha.

 

What’s the most common reaction people have when you tell them you’re an artist?

It has taken me a long time to say I’m an artist because I was always comparing my work to real artists. My fellow artists finally convinced me I am an artist.

 

What’s the best compliment you ever received about your art?

“I love your work,” “Love the bright colors” and “You really capture the personality of the animal.” Those words bring a smile to my face.

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