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Annual Fine Arts show, Craft Expo features handmade gifts

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Nov. 2, 2012) Handmade and one-ofa kind gifts will be available this weekend at the Ocean City convention center during the 16th annual Fallfest of Fine Arts and Christmas Craft Expo.

Event Coordinator Donald Hastings of Donald’s Duck Shoppe, located in the Gold Coast Mall on 115th Street, said he expects approximately 80 artists and crafters to sell their wares at the 40th Street venue.

“It’s a juried show, which means people exhibiting make their own products,” Hastings said.

Regional exhibitors from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, as well as vendors from as far north as Vermont, as far west as Ohio and as far south as North Carolina, will converge at the convention center for the two-day show, which begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

Barren Creek Alpacas, a farm home to a huacaya herd of alpacas and other animals in Mardela Springs, is scheduled to attend the event this year. Alpaca fleece is comparable to cashmere, according to Tammy Schnoor, owner of the farm with Frederick Schnoor. It is non-allergenic because it contains no lanolin. Barren Creek sells handmade hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, yarn, purses and toy alpacas and bears.

Two of the farm’s alpacas, Cookie and Serifina will be at the show.

“We are excited to bring the pacas,” Tammy Schnoor said.

Sixteen years ago, Hastings combined his long-running gift show with the fine arts expo. Approximately 6,000 shoppers annually visit what Hastings calls “two great shows under one roof.”

The Fine Arts show, now in its 28th year, once featured only wildlife and nautical art. When the two shows merged, Hastings opened the event to all subjects and media. The 2012 show will include paintings, photography, jewelry, carvings, metalwork, sculptures, stoneware, glass and woodwork.

Hastings said fine art artists have a special talent that no one else has. It is easy to tell who has created a product be- cause of this, he said.

The Christmas Craft Expo offers an assortment of handmade merchandise. Holiday gifts available at the Expo will include jewelry, clothing and apparel, woodwork, candles, furniture, paintings and ornaments.

“There will be all kinds of things. Anything you can think of,” Hastings said.

Both shows are juried by Hastings. Each artist must be approved by him before he or she may sell their handcrafted work at the event.

Hastings said guests like that everything is handmade and the personal experience they get when buying from the person who made the product.

“They can associate a face with a product,” he said. “They can know how [the artist] made it. It’s much more meaningful.”

The grand door prize this year is a $300 shopping spree at Donald’s Duck Shoppe. Local musician Frank Nanna will provide entertainment both days.

Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for AARP members (with card) and students ages 13-17. Children 12 and younger admitted free.

The Expo’s ad, featured in this issue of Ocean City Today, is good for $1 off adult admission. For more information, call 410–524–9177.

WHAT: 16th annual Fallfest of Fine Arts
and Christmas Craft Expo
WHERE: Roland E. Powell Convention
Center, 40th Street
WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COST: $5 adults, $4 AARP members (with
card) and students ages 13–17. Children
12 and younger admitted free.
FOR INFORMATION: Call 410–524–

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