September 17th, 2014 | No Comments
Manchester Main Street (MMS) is extremely grateful for all the wonderful community support that helped make last weekend’s 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival a huge success. The September 13th event, showcasing North Manchester’s talented entertainers and amazing regional artists, would not have been possible without the partnership of the Town of North Manchester, North Manchester Garden Club, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and The Firehouse. The Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets in the heart of downtown, was beautifully transformed into a festive venue for creativity, imagination and fun. Set against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic streetscape and overlooking the Eel River, what better way to highlight our beautiful town and scenic river?
Saturday’s Art Fair featured the unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography of 26 area artists – Marilyn Aleman (Marilyn’s Clay Garden), Stacie Anderson (Brickhouse Baby), Kellie Brace (Dorothy-Ilene Gallery), Jewelry by Matt Breunig, Vicki Carpenter (Vicki Lynn Jewelry), Donna Clevenger (Recycled Fun 4 U), Roxanne Coffelt (Shanghai Tai), Photography by Perry Collins, Angie DeLauter (Green Door Studio), Susan Delauter (Life Repurposed), Janet Ecklebarger (Glean Design), Art by Alexandra Hall, Michael “Hap” Hapner (Cornbelt Cowboy), Wayne Harshberger (Stone Sculpture), Heavy Metal by Donna Henderson, Mary Hettmansperger (Gallery 64), Tara Hicks (Inimitable Design), Madeline Hoffman (Painting), Julie Manfredi Fine Arts, Rick Reiff (Reiffhaus Studios), Sally Rich (Jewels for Schools), Fine Art by Susan Ring, Jewelry by Jane Seely, Art Z Photography by Connie Snyder, Elizabeth Wamsley (Lake in the Woods Studio), and Rhonda Andrews-Woodruff Art.
Art demonstrations were provided by North Manchester artists, Penny French-Deal (canvas oil painting) and Christy Schuler (pottery making). And, local musicians performed through the day: Jim Weiner, Dave Hicks, Ken Preston, Linda Kummernuss, David Hupp, Dale Carpenter, Greg and Annie Clark, and the Manchester University Jazz Quartet led by Tim Reed. Kids activities included craft making workshops, and face painting by Carrie Boyd. And, Manchester Main Street provided delicious food for sale prepared by KenapocoMocha and Main View.
We extend a heartfelt thank you to the Manchester Main Street Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable Eel River Arts Festival. Special recognition goes out to Lynn Beery for her tremendous help in organizing the kids craft activities, Dale Carpenter for coordinating the musical line-up, Janet Ecklebarger for creating and furnishing the on-site event banner, Jeff Diesburg for advertising and marketing materials graphic design, Blake Giddens for sound, and Lydia Gawthrop, Brenda Ramseier, Ashleigh Thomas, and Tracy Trump for assisting and inspiring Saturday’s craft making creativity.
Eel River Arts Festival artists’ work and event photos can be viewed on Facebook. For more information, visit Manchester Main Street’s website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or email@example.com.