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FestivALL Fall Harvest Gift Boutique features fine art and crafts

By Judy Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- FestivALL Fall organizer Betty Rivard hopes holiday shopping will begin this weekend, not on Black Friday.

FestivALL Fall will feature 30 juried artisans at the Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Woman's Club of Charleston, Elizabeth and Virginia streets.  

 "It ranges from pretty expensive jewelry to inexpensive soaps. Hopefully, there's something for everyone. It lends itself to all types of gifts. I want to encourage people to begin their holiday shopping here. Everything is unique and handcrafted, many with natural elements and ingredients," said Rivard, producer of the FestivALL Charleston art fairs

"We have very high standards. We have a seven-person jury. The 30 featured artists all volunteered to be part of FestivALL Fall. They are really amazing. 

"Robert Riffe is from Preston County. He is a jewelry artist and works with metal and stone. He is so exquisite. He only does two fairs. He is so good at what he does and has quite a following. I feel honored that he likes our fair," Rivard said.

"Keri Newman is from Huntington. She does sculpted glass figures and beads. I don't know how she does it. It is so cool. She is so imaginative."

Soap maker Sheryl McCutcheon is from Roane County. Her website for her company, Swallow Tail Soaps, states she uses all-natural ingredients with the goal of making high quality soaps with "fantastic moisturizing properties and excellent aroma" at an affordable price.

The boutique is family-friendly with free make-and-take activities for children.

"It's a wonderful opportunity and helpful to parents and kids. The children take home what they make. I know of some children who have collections from the six summer fairs we've done," Rivard said.

The Children's Home Society, Charleston Montessori School, Mountaineer Montessori, East End Family Resource Center, Kanawha County Public Library and Charleston Parks and Recreation provide the make-and-take art activities.

Rivard said that the following artisans will display and sell their work at the event:

Mixed media artists, Debi Ellis, Stephanie Woody and Janice Young; fine art and photography artists, Margaret and Philip Arabia, Jeanne K. Cochran, Ginger Danz, Charles Ott and William Wood; caricature artist, David Brinkley; pottery artists, Randy Selbe and Doug Minnerly; jewelry artists, Matthew Benson, Rose Bettis, Elgood Mountain Glass, Andrea Hoglund, Connie McColley, Kari Newman, Robert Riffe and The Octopi Movement; glass artists, Stephanie Danz, Jonette Kirkwood, Sherri Rhodes, and PATCH; metal artist Paul Meyers; wood artist, Robert Lett; bath and body artisans, Jackie Henderson, Anna Long and Sheryl McCutcheon; and specialty foods maker, Connie Fisher.

Music is a part of the event. From noon to 2 p.m., Spencer Elliott and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Ryan Kennedy and Jim Lange are the featured musicians. From noon to 2 p.m., Mark Scarpelli and from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Eduardo Canelón will be showcased.

For more information see www.festivallcharleston.com.

Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamilton@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.


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