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Fine Art and Master Craft Festival Aug. 16-18

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Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 19, 2013

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce presents its 22nd annual Fine Art and Master Craft Festival Aug. 16 to 18 at the historic downtown Banner Elk Elementary School.

There will be one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, furniture, pottery, paintings, photography, mixed media and more.

The festival features many artists and mediums festivalgoers have come to know, such as Margaret Owens, who creates botanical flowers from aluminum, and Lynn Shore, a textile artist who creates shawls and purses.

Also returning are photographer Patricia Adams, with her landscapes, High Country jeweler Jim Rice and Nancy Strailey, a pencil artist who captures African wildlife on African-crafted paper.

New to the festival this year are oil painter Sylvia Perez from Apex, who paints in a classical academic style with verdaccio underpainting, capturing women not only from their physical outward appearance but also their inward nature, and Joe Meachum, leather artist of tribal Indian art, who cuts each strand of leather on his crafted purses.

The juried festival will host High Country artists, plus state and international artists and master craftsmen.

The free event will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

Artists will be showcasing their mediums both inside and outside the elementary school.

For more information, contact the Avery County Chamber of Commerce at (800) 972-2183.

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