Once again it is time for some Christmas shopping as the Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts Association presents its annual Christmas Craft Show and Sale at the Morrisburg Legion this weekend (Friday, November 16-Sunday, November 18).
Over the years, shoppers have delighted in finding those special, lovingly made gifts at the show and says association chair Linda Schenck, it won’t be any different this year.
“We of course have the work of our talented members, plus some really interesting gift ideas from our guest exhibitors.”
One of those exhibitors who has been a guest at the show for the past two years, and is now a member is jewellery maker Rejeanne Wozny, of Kemptville, who says, she is really looking forward to the show.
“I really enjoy doing the Morrisburg show,” says Wozny who has been crafting for 40 years. “It is nice to meet the other crafters and also all the nice people who come to have a look and buy some of our work.”
Wozny started crafting because her husband was in the military. “So when he was away for six months at a time, this helped me pass the time. I started with flower arrangements and then, about 20 year ago, I took a stained glass course.”
“I really enjoy doing the stained glass, and I still do windows and lamps for friends, but now, I mostly do jewellery.”
Wozny says she got started on jewellery about seven years ago and over those years she has perfected her skills.
“I used to do a lot of fused glass pendants. I am lucky to have a kiln in my home, so it is a lot of fun to work with glass.”
“I now do different types of jewellery. I like working with seed beads, but also do other things such as the Viking Knit chains. This is very time consuming, but a lot of fun to do.”
Because Wozny still works, the time she can find to craft her jewellery is limited. The Morrisburg Arts and Craft show is also the only show she attends, but “eventually, when I retire, I would like to do more shows.”
The Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts show opens at noon this Friday, November 16 and runs until 7 p.m. in the James Fraser Hall at the Morrisburg Legion. It will be open on both Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There is no charge for admission.
“We have a full house for this year’s show,” says Schenck. “We have several new crafters coming in who will feature a number of different products.”
“We will have soaps and skin care products, bees wax candles and both maple syrup and honey products.”
“I also have a lady coming who will have her husband’s wood carved toys in addition to the pieces she makes using photographs.”
“She will be available to do caricatures on the spot, so that will be something different. I have seen her work, and it is really good.”
“Also new is a young man who crafts outdoor metal art.”
I am really excited. I think we have a really good show, and now we just need the people to come out and enjoy it.”
On a sadder note, Schenck will have some pieces of the late Carol Smith for sale. “Carol was a phenomenal tole painter and passed away last January. We have a few of her pieces that we are be selling for the family.”
At 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the Association will make their annual presentations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital and Hospice. These presentations are in addition to a bursary presented annual to a Seaway District High School graduate who is continuing in the arts program. This year’s recipient was Jill Vander Poel.
The 2012 show will be the last three-day show for the Morrisburg District Arts and Crafts Association. Starting next year it will run on Saturday and Sunday only.
In addition, beginning in 2013 there will be an admission charge. “We have decided to ask our visitors to donate either a toonie or a canned food item for the Dundas County Food Bank.”
“Helping out in the community along with allowing our crafters to get together and sell their products is what it is all about,” says Schenck.