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Arts and Crafts to Take Over Tillett Gardens This Weekend

July 20, 2005 — Arts Alive presents its annual Summertime Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tillett Gardens.
With more than 30 artists, craftspeople and entertainers, the two-day event promises to have something for everyone, old and young alike.
Ruth Prager, Tillett Foundation’s executive director, said that everyone is ready and excited to share their creative wares with the community.
The participating artists include Jacqueline Cawley, Perry "Kaye" Podhola, David Francke and Marilyn Memoir, whose paintings will entice new and returning collectors.
To keep you fresh and smelling good will be natural body products by Jahleba Benjamin and handmade scented soaps by Beverly Wenner. And for the romantic in you, check out Coliema Maynard’s booth featuring handcrafted candles.
Festival participants Lisa Nunes and friends will offer unique beaded jewelry and accessories, while Jane Clemo shows off her beautifully handcrafted mocko jumbies, and Anne Marie Kissle displays fabric art.
For those who want an adventure in the future, stop by to see psychic-spiritual guide Sheila James, who will be happy to read your palms, tarot cards and more.
Since Tillett Gardens is home to professional artists and artisans, you’ll also have a chance to visit all the stores and even watch the creative process in action. Participating will be Kazooti Clay Studio, home of the moisture-resistant salt shaker; Ridvan Studio, with its ceramic art; Alison’s Wonderland, with its pottery; and Babs and Coco, which offers modern mosaics.
Caribbean Herbals will feature uniquely shaped and scented candles – check out the fresh mango candles in sea shells. While at the Tillett Gardens entry, the Hand Paint’d Company studio will feature handpainted clothing, glassware, silks and other ornaments.
And don’t forget to visit Tillett Gallery for silk-screened fabrics and home interior designs.
Entertainment will keep things lively both days.
On Saturday, Ridvan Studio will present a raku demonstration at 11 a.m. And the BCB Burning Blazers Steel Band will set the beat at noon. At 2 p.m., 2 Blue Shoes will hit the Tillett stage as Jason Budson of Caribbean Herbals shows how he makes those creative candles.
On Sunday, live entertainment begins with Glen R. Samuel on steel pan from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Ridvan Studio offering another raku demonstration at 11. Then at 2 p.m., another candle-making demonstration will start at Caribbean Herbals.
What would a festival be without great food and drink? Tillett Gardens tenant Jack’s Wings will be happy to serve visitors both days, and Grandma’z House will prepare yummy treats on Saturday.
Admission is free.
To rent a booth or for more information, call 775-1929 or visit Tillett Gallery.
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