Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Orlando Folk Festival 2012

Orlando Folk Festival 2012
Dear friends,

Last Saturday, I took three of my own kids and a neighbor to the Orlando Folk Festival on the grounds of the Mennello Museum of American Art.  The Folk Festival is part of the Orlando ArtsFest.

I thought you might enjoy some photos from several of the exhibits.  I enjoyed chatting with the artists, and asked permission before taking pictures. Please take time to visit their web sites, or e-mail them if you are interested in their work.

There were face painters and some hands-on crafts for the kids, too!

Banner hanging outside the Mennello Museum of American Art.
Admission to the museum was free during the Folk Festival.
There is also free admission the second Sunday of each month.
Check the web site for details.
Check web site for all
ArtsFest events in February:

Bobbin Lace
That's a pile of bobbins!

More bobbin lace!

Beneath the Bark Creations ~~ Claus Tiesman ~~
I love the brilliant blue color of this bird!

Another Claus Tiesman creation (see above)

Claus Tiesman shows the carving process from block to bird

Douglas Bringle ~~ ~~
This photo and the next one are of Doug Bringle's pottery.
He is also an instructor at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida.

by Doug Bringle
Elayne Pryor ~~ Imagiknit ~~
That is raw silk on her lap!  She spins it on her wheel.
Elayne is from England.

Knitting with raw silk

Cottage purse made from wool ~~ beautiful!
Jayne Pryor - Imagiknit

Elayne's skeins of wool in a basket ~~
so picturesque even before knitting!

Catface Camp Quilting ~  Jewel Tompkins ~
A quilt made from favorite souvenir T-shirts --
she makes these and other quilts to order!

Jewel Tompkins (see above) 

Melissa Be Crafty ~~ Melissa Borghorst ~~
Melissa is a very creative lady, a former high school teacher.

Jim Bergman
P.O. Box 88, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130

Psalm 23 walking stick by Jim Bergman (see above)

Squirrel by Jim Bergman (see above)

~~ Madeleine McLean ~~
no contact information since they only sell at shows  

~~ Madelaine McLean ~~
~~ Madeleine McLean ~~
A spurtle is used in Scotland for stirring oatmeal
(See note at end of my post "In the Poet's Realm")
Painted gourd by Madeleine McLean

~~ Mary Jo Snell ~~
Fancies & Whimsies Folk Art Dolls ~~

~~ Melissa Menzer ~~ 

~~ Melissa Menzer ~~  

Pottery workshop ~~ I didn't catch the name!

Sam Knowles Chainsaw Art
(no relation, even though we have the same last name)

Pelican by Sam Knowles Chainsaw Art
(see above)
While I was watching one of the musical shows,
I saw a live pelican dive down into the lake to catch a fish.


Talako Indian Dancers  
~~Talako Indian Dancers ~~ 
a non-profit performing troupe for young people is looking for new members

Crooked Road Celtic band

View from a distance -- while standing on the bridge at Lake Formosa

Tree with low spreading branches

I love art and music.
I love to be outside in the fresh air, even if it is chilly and breezy.
I love to take pictures, even just with an iPod camera.

I hope you've enjoyed these pictures!  If so, you might enjoy two of my other art show posts:  
I wrote two other posts last weekend that you might like to see (and now you know why it took until Wednesday to post about the Folk Festival!):

Blessings of beauty to you and yours,

Virginia Knowles

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