Solomons, MD – Saturday, Sept. 19 in sunny southern Calvert County was too nice a day to be working. So, the craftspeople, many of them local residents, spent the day outdoors proudly displaying what their skillful hands have made.

Artsfest ’15 brought the beholders to Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center to view the many creations of painters, jewelry makers, photographers, weavers, woodcarvers and other artisans.

Many of the crafters have interesting stories to tell of how they began their avocations. St. Mary’s County resident Joanne Yates, owner of Joanne’s Country Baskets, said she needed something to do with her hands after she quit smoking. She began making baskets over a decade ago.

Linda O’Brien of Huntingtown began making warm wool coats to help maintain the core body temperature of newborn lambs. Pet owners who saw the coats at sheep shows and other livestock venues requested that she make coats for dogs. The result is Good Shepherd Dog Coats, a venture which recognizes all dogs have not been created equal. Repurposed wool blankets become custom-fitted coats for the canines.

Calvert County residents can view the familiar scenes of home through the artwork of Suzanne Shelden. Among her works is a painting of the view motorists driving northbound on the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge see when the reach the top of the span.

In addition to the glimpses arts and crafts enthusiasts got of the variety of works, families enjoyed a stroll around the grounds, interacting with roving performers. Other performances were held at the Main Stage and the Council Ring Stage.
Nearly one dozen vendors were on-site to provide a variety of food and drink to the fest-goers.

As it has for over 20 years, the two-day event brought a large number of people to the sculpture garden. Festival officials were anticipating a total two-day crowd of approximately 12,000.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com