NORWICH – The 15th Annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Sept. 12 and 13, in downtown Norwich, will bring in over 90 artists and crafters selling their wares and demonstrating their craft. Of this, over a quarter of the artists are new and 16 are returning only for their second year.
“It is important to maintain a balance between new and returning artists to keep the show interesting,” says Colorscape Executive Director Peggy Finnegan.
There are 14 categories: ceramics, digital media, drawings and pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings, photography, sculpture, watercolor paintings, wood, and other (which don’t fit into any particular category).
“Fiber is unusually large this year, but there are some wonderful new artists in this category,” says Finnegan.
Maggie Alexander is one of the new crafters to Colorscape. Living in Brookfield, she raises Bluefaced Leicester sheep with some other fiber bearing-animals including angora rabbits (who produce angora) and angora goats (who produce mohair).
“I’m a knitter and felter and like to raise, dye and spin my own fiber,” she said. “I like taking my craft to the fundamental level. I tell people that raising my own fiber is like a potter scraping her clay off a creek bed instead of buying it at the art supply store.”