Manchester Main Street (MMS) is extremely grateful for all the wonderful community support that helped make last weekend’s 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival a huge success. The September 12th 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 15 area artists – Hannah Burnworth (Milkhouse Studio), Vicki Carpenter (Vicki Lynn Jewelry), Kristy Church (Black Squirrel), Donna Clevenger (Recycled Fun 4 U), Roxanne Coffelt (Shanghai Tai), Susan Delauter (Life Repurposed), Monte Ellson (Big City Skylines), Carolina Forman (Sticky Stone), Britta Glass, Michele Graham (Michele Marie Photography),Photography by Jason Lenon, Marcy Pratt (True Beauty Dolls), Rick Reiff (Reiffhaus Studios), Fine Art by Susan Ring, Sue Scamihorn (Scamihorn Stoneware). And, culinary artist, Masters Hand BBQ, served up samples of their “Taste of Heaven” products.
Art demonstrations were provided by North Manchester artist, Annie Shilling (pottery making), and Roann’s Restoration Services (weaving). Sonshine Greenhouse offered fall flowering mums, and decorative kale, pumpkins and gourds for sale. And, local musicians performed through the day: Dave Hicks, Ken Preston, Linda Kummernuss, Greg and Annie Clark, Dale Carpenter, Andrew Chinworth, Maya Hippensteel, Kerry Flanigan, and JP Freeman. Kids activities included craft making workshops, and Michele Marie Photography’s Fall Fun Photobooth for the entire family. And, Manchester Main Street provided delicious food for sale prepared by Main View and Nordmann’s Nook.
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 Susan Manwaring for her tremendous help in organizing the kids craft activities and food, Dale Carpenter for coordinating the musical line-up, Janet Ecklebarger for creating and furnishing the on-site event banner, Jeff Diesburg and The Graphic Brand for advertising and marketing materials graphic design, JP Freeman for sound, and Lark Killingbeck, Diane Nettleton, and Manchester University’s Artist Anonymous members, Angela Gonsiorwski, Sara Joll, Glyniss King, Jessica Klemm, Rebecca Minnich-Ullom, and Sarandon Smith, 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 us by phone at 260-982-7644 or email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 3rd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is this weekend – September 12th – in the heart of downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10am-4pm Art Fair is free to the public, highlighting area artists’ work – Sue Scamihorn, Life Repurposed,Reiffhaus Studios, Carolina Forman, Recycled Fun 4 U, Shanghai Tai and many more! Come meet the artists and purchase unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography. There will be plenty of food and creative enrichment for all ages, so be sure to stop by.
Check out local artists as they create art – Restoration Services’ rug and furniture weaving, and Manchester Community Schools Art Teacher Annie Shilling’s pottery making demonstrations. And, enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Plus, new this year, a Pop-Up Photobooth. Visit the Michele Marie Photography tent to have your picture taken with a festive fall backdrop setting. Perfect for a little family memory, Facebook update or Holiday Cards!
The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic downtown streetscape. The Eel River Gardens, overlooking the Eel River, is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club. And, a colorful new mural installation by the Manchester University Art Department to celebrate the Eel River is located along the South Market Street retaining wall.
CLICK HERE to view the Eel River Arts Festival’s music line-up and event activities, and to download a complete listing of the artists. And, preview the artists’ work on our Facebook page. For additional event information, visit MMS’ website or contact at 260-982-7644 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” online series. This week, visit the “Discover North Manchester” tab on MMS’ website to find out how Britta Glass interprets realistic fantasy into colorful watercolor and ink drawings, and which Fisher Price toy inspired her creativity. And, be sure to stop by Britta’s booth on September 12th to meet her in person.
The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website orFacebook page, or contact us at 260-982-7644 or email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.