The Burklyn Arts Council will be sponsoring its 42nd Winter Craft Fair on Dec. 3 and 4 at the Lyndon Town School. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be approximately 50 artisans displaying their wares from pottery to jewelry, weaving to wooden-ware, and photography to metal works and glassware. The artists are all juried and live in Vermont and demonstrate a wide variety of skills and artistry. There will be a raffle table, live entertainment, delicious food, and an origami table to delight all who attend.
This year there will be three new artists displaying their work for sale. There will be Su Chi Pottery by Susan Shannon, goats' milk soap from Ashley Munger, and Christmas wreaths from Nature by Design in Barton. Also offered will be a massage booth operated by Kathleen Iselin for the pleasure of our shoppers. This year will be a brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. -- noon, which will include fruit salad and juices, as well as the regular menu items such as fritatta.
Shannon moved to Pittsford two years ago from Colorado. She makes elegant, functional stoneware for the home. Her designs are unusual and appealing. Munger of SassyDoe Soapworks makes her soap in Lyndonville with all natural ingredients, using Caspile (pure olive oil), pure essential oils, and natural scents. There will be a variety of wreaths from Peter Le Blanc of Nature By Design in Barton. He offers wreaths and decorations made with balsam, pine, and cedar greens decorated with bows, berries, cinnamon sticks, and pine cones. Attendees can enjoy relaxing chair or table bodywork (Craniosacral Therapy, Manual Facelift Technique) offered by Iselin, LMT, of Blue Sky Bodywork in East Haven and Lyndonville. Sessions will be 10-20 minutes in length.
The mission of the Burklyn Arts Council is to foster the appreciation and development of the arts in the local schools in the communities of Burke, East, Lyndon, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton, and Wheelock. The council provides grants for performances, workshops, and artists' residencies, as well as scholarships to graduating students. It is a not-for-profit organization run by local trustees and community volunteers. Money for these programs is raised at two semi-annual craft fairs, one the first weekend in December and the other the first Saturday in July. Money raised from the sale of cookies made by local children and their families at the winter fair also helps to sponsor these programs. The web site for the council is www.burklynarts.org.