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Arts, crafts to fill convention center

(Nov. 1, 2013) The Fallfest of Fine Arts and Craft Show is back, tomorrow and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, bringing around 75 regional artists to the Ocean City convention center, who will display and sell paintings, carvings, jewelry, woodwork and other fine art and crafts.

Each year, event organizers vet each vendor, ensuring that the goods for sale are handmade by the artist or crafter exhibiting them, Fallfest promoter Ami Hastings said.

Patrons “know that there’s going to be good quality things there that they’re not going to find in some of the other stores,” Hastings said. “They’re looking for something different.”

In its 17th year, the event is still the same, though it is going by a new name this year, she said.

“It’s still the same show,” she said of what was called the Fallfest of Fine Arts and Christmas Craft Expo. “It’s the same concept, the same quality.”

And quality is what sets the show apart, vendors agreed.

“The organizers of this show are exceptional. Every detail is handled both for the vendors and for the people that are coming for the arts and crafts,” said Charlene Herzins of the Bling Doctor, based in Princess Anne.

She and her husband will bring handmade jewelry pieces, including their signature “circle of life” piece, woven with small seed beads to resemble chainmail, and U.S. patent pending “wine bouquets,” ornate wrappings of silk and ribbons that wrap around wine glasses.

Local Kit Hanson of Sandyhook Art Glass Studio in Ocean Pines also had high praise for the show and it promoters.

“They are so well organized,” she said. “It’s a really good, profitable show.”

She will bring her stained glass and crystal with a seaside twist, featuring images of seashells and beach scenes, to the 40th Street convention center.

Last year, the Fallfest show drew between 4,000 and 5,000 people and Hastings expects the same numbers this year.

There will be craft food such as roasted nuts and gourmet cheese for sale and the concession stand will be open during the show.

The Fallfest of Fine Arts and Craft Show runs tomorrow, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children under 12 years.

Visit www.ocshows.com/exhibitor-list-fallfest-of-fine-arts-and-craft-show to see a sample of vendors who will be at the show.

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