Evergreen Craft Fair puts local artisans on display
Published: Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 02:12
The 36th Annual Evergreen Craft Fair is proving, once more, to be an ultimate showcase for local craftsmen to show off their talents, hobbies, interests and passions.
The fair kicked off Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Granite State Room at the MUB. Each year, the event showcases the work of 50 select artists and craftsmen from all around the area; from wood to metal to clay to fiber to glass, those in attendance can marvel as well as purchase whatever jewelry, painting, or sculpture catches their eye.
Glynis Dixon, owner of Washed Ashore Designs, a jewelry and metalwork company based out of Maine who was invited to the festival for the first time this year, was excited to show off her mixed metal and recycled material jewelry. Though Dixon has been running her company for the past four years, she only recently made it her full- time job.
“I stumbled across [jewelry making],” Dixon said. “I knew within the first three hours of the first [jewelry making] class I took that this was what I wanted to do.”
Neal Flewelling, owner of Flewelling Guitar Works, attended the festival for the first time this year as well and shared much of the same excitement as Dixon.
“We don’t often do fairs ourselves,” Neal said. “But they’re great exposures to all sorts of various crafts and skills.”
It is this quality work and diversity that Suzanne Connor, the director of Evergreen, believes accounts for the fair’s popularity. Even two hours after the fair had opened, she estimated that the event had already seen a dramatic increase in the numbers since last year.
“We really started off with a bang,” Connor said. “It’s the variety [that helps to make us so popular], we work very hard to keep it balanced. We can’t overwhelm the public with just one medium and work to stay in tune with what the average buyer [who attends these festivals] likes.”
Many who attended the fair’s opening day echoed this.
Gillian Barbato, currently working towards her master’s in counseling here at UNH, said she was just walking by when she noticed the fair and that this was at least the third year she’s attended the festival.
“I enjoy looking at all the locally- made crafts and getting some Christmas shopping done,” Barbato said.
“It’s all handmade and unique. Not one thing is mass produced,” sophomore English teaching major Jen McCall said. “I love that I can buy something and just be like, ‘this is one of [a] kind, only I own this.’”
Students were not the only ones in attendance, however.
“I’ve been to a few of these shows and it’s always really neat,” Sean McDonald, a member of the New Hampshire Chronicle team who was in attendance, said. “Everything here is just so affordable and so tangible [in comparison to other places we’ve been.]”
The Evergreen Fair will run until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Public admission is free. For more information and to see a list of the vendors in attendance, visit the fair's website.