MOUNT VERNON — Artisans play a big role each year in the success of the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival. Occupying a section of South Main Street between Gambier Street and Ohio Avenue, the fine arts displays this year feature jewelry, hand-blown glass, paintings, wood sculptures and other unique finds.
One-of-a-kind jewelry and artwork created by Lisa Edwards is on display at Edwards Galleria. Edwards has been traveling the circuit for seven years with this being her second year at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.
“Both of my parents were artists, so I was lucky that they pushed me toward this,” said Edwards. While many of her paintings focus on eyes, as much as 75 percent of her material is recycled. “No items are mass produced,” she said, stressing that prints or copies are never made.
Wood sculptured mosaic designs can be found created by David Dizinno of Americana Dentata Works. Wood carvings cut from a scroll saw with a myriad of designs are to be found in Dizzino’s display. Crosses, fish, trees, turtles, state outlines or almost anything imaginable can be created and designed. “I use mostly Eastern hardwoods and have lots of sources,” said Dizzino of the wood he uses.
Dizzino said he liked wood as a child and started playing with scraps until his craft grew to a full-time profession. He has been creating his designs now for 47 years. “It’s a great little career,” he said.
Appearing at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival for the fifth time is Pat Fields of Pat’s Place. Hand-quilted towels, aprons, pillows, throws and other unique crafts are her specialty. A craft she has been honing for seven years.
“I love coming here. It’s fun talking to all the people,” said Fields about her years at the Dan Emmett Music & Arts festival.
“I kind of dabbled in this a couple years before going more full time. My sister has helped me do this, too,” she said.
Jewelry and hand-painted pendants were being shown by Marlo Brown of Marlo Custom Designs. Appearing at the festival for her second year, Brown is also an art teacher and a painter. “I like the crowd here. It’s usually packed,” said Brown about the festival. “We get a variety of folks here with different tastes. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming.”
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