Arts, crafts and the people who make them

Fish of all types for sale at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend.

Fish of all types for sale at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend.

People from more than 30 states and Canada descended upon downtown Syracuse last weekend for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival.

The least my dear wife Karen and I could do was walk the streets around Columbus Circle when we got out of work last Friday night.

I wanted to stock up on photos and stories for my weekly community blog for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.

I snapped away on my iPhone 4 as fast as I could.

I thought my fishy shot above was suitably artsy, capturing the work for sale as well as the aura of Columbus Circle.

Made in Virginia, hanging out in downtown Syracuse.

Made in Virginia, hanging out in downtown Syracuse.

The colorful rope hammocks above were the first sight that greeted me as Karen and I walked to the circle. They’re made be a company from Virginia by the name of Twin Oak Hammocks, and if I had two trees in my yard to tie one two, well … Let’s leave it at that they surely looked as comfortable as they did at home in this arts and crafts fair.

To see and read way more, click the link below. (Earlybird warning: the editors there usually post my photos on my story around 10 a.m. today.)

http://waer.org/post/artists-artisans-bring-their-best-syracuses-people

Do you consider yourself more of a fan or art or crafts? Do you draw, paint or take pictures? What’s hanging on the walls where you live?

38 thoughts on “Arts, crafts and the people who make them

  1. I have family members’ art on my walls, Mark! I am blessed with true artists surrounding me. I do my pictures of historical buildings (8 Home Tours) and children’s names paintings, but don’t put them on my own walls! I like a lot of color and unique designs. I love going to arts and crafts fairs, buy jewelry or some little decoration or candle to give as a present, to help out the starving artists.

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  2. Art fan here:). My sister calls craft fairs “crap” fairs:). There are some true craftspeople out there–and their work is great. But, I’ve seen two many crocheted Santa Claus wall hangings with plastic forks somehow incorporated into them to think most craft fairs are worth it! Sad but true.

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  3. Love hammocks, they bring back fond memories of reading and cloud-watching childhood…need to do some of that! The art I especially love is Fabric Art, wall hanging type pieces made from cloth. Some of them are so creative it’s incredible (as other forms are, too.) I took a class in it and made one small wall piece, a farm scene. Good post, Mark. πŸ™‚

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  4. Mark I’m enjoying doing what ever my brain tells me to do. But what I’ve ALWAYS done is admire someone else’s creativity. Abilities. Skills. I am constantly amazed by what other people ‘see’ and then create. Amazed I tell you.

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  5. I enjoy arting and crafting, but I don’t like displaying them or have them junking up the house, so unless I’m gifting them, I don’t do them very often. LOL! Those hammocks look comfy! πŸ™‚ One would go perfectly between your backyard neighbor’s big pines. πŸ˜€

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  6. love art and crafts. Have far too much stuff i made myself hanging on the walls at home. Need to dig out some of Steve’s artwork (which he is very modest about) and add that too.
    Love the idea of a hammock but fear that getting in and out of one would give my family uncontrollable hysterics.

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    • I know you are creative, Rachel, and have admired your work you display here always. And I like the idea of his-and-hers on your walls! Your fam should not laugh at any hammock attempts, my friend.

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  7. I’ll take the fish over the hammocks. The hammock is an accident waiting to happen. Our living room wall is two stories high, so we have travel posters up to the ceiling. But our bedroom has fish over the headboard; I could use a few more!

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  8. i enjoy both, and of course the people are as much an eccentric mix as their pieces. love the fish pic and i have a variety of stuff on my walls, i love whimsical art, especially animals and beautiful photos of simple scenes. kind of a mix, i really just go with what ‘calls out to me.’

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  9. I’m not artsy but sure appreciate the art of others. Hanging on my walls? Actually I’m quite minimalistic but I have four original photographs taken by professional photographers hanging (2 are Calgary’s city scape and 2 are of homeless people.) I have a Bunka art (Japanese needlepoint), portrait called Madonna and Child made by my mom, and a few family photos… πŸ™‚
    Diana xo

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  10. I have a very bizarre velvet rooster hanging on the living room wall just to my right. The Girl Who I Quite The Odd Artist made it for me, so it clashes with the wallpaper purely our of love. πŸ™‚

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  11. Having absolutely no talent in this area, I love going through arts and crafts festivals. Richmond abounds with them in the summer season including the spectacular Arts in the Park. No crocheted toilet paper covers, Mimi!

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    • It is important to differentiate between arts and crafts fairs and flea market ware, Mimi. Just saying! I think near my Aunt Marion’s house in Huntington, Long Island, was the original Flea Market, and there she, I and my mom would go on Saturdays whether I wanted to or not.

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