SOUTHINGTON — Artists and craft makers have long showcased their wares in tents during the annual Apple Harvest Festival.
This year that annual festival, which starts today, will feature a new artisan showcase in the nearby Southington Community Cultural Arts building.
Local artists Deb Jaffe and Lindsey Vaillancourt, the showcase co-coordinators, are also participating. Jaffe will demonstrate sculpting with polymer clay and techniques for wire-wrapping jewelry-making. Vaillancourt will sell bracelets made using buttons from the former Ball & Socket factory in Cheshire.
The Artisan Showcase will take place the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 18 vendors total, both weekends.
SoCCA’s pottery studio also will be open during the showcases.
In addition to the artwork displayed and on sale, the showcase will also feature two bicycle pieces, which will be raffled off. One of those is a quirky surrealist piece depicting a bicycle by local artist Clinton Deckert. The proceeds will benefit SoCCA’s Youth Scholarship Fund.
Lauri MacLean, SoCCA’s All Access Director, said the idea for a showcase has been in development for a few years.
“This was the perfect time… It’s a good event for us to host,” she said. “The Southington Apple Harvest Festival has always had an outdoor craft show. But it isn’t fine arts. We really wanted to showcase some really high-end makers from Connecticut.”
Vaillancourt said she and MacLean were focused on having handcrafted items made by local people, including children’s book author Emily Bridge. Bridge also makes hand-sculpted animals.
“Her craft is that she makes three-dimensional illustrations from her book. She is also going to be selling some original illustrations. They’re super adorable,” Vaillancourt said.