Summit Fine Arts & Crafts Festival Returns In July

SUMMIT — The Summit Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts, a juried outdoor event held in downtown Summit, is set for July 24 along Beechwood Road and Union Place. Artwork in media including: clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography will be on display and for sale.

Along with the artisans there will be a variety of jazz, classical and contemporary music performed live in front of the train station on Union Place. According to Events Chairperson Mark Wadmond, “Summit Downtown, Inc. has been looking for an event to bring people into the downtown during the summer months. We are excited to resurrect this Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts which was previously sponsored with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.”


One of the many artists that will be partaking in this event will be Darlene Foster. She studied drawing and painting at the Sarah Brown School of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and incorporates photography in her works of art. Foster spent 17 years as the retouching artist with The Image Maker Photography Studio and numerous freelance clients. She is currently self-employed doing photographic painting, retouching, restoration and collages for photographers and the public as well as her personal artwork. You can view her artwork at

Also participating in the show will be Bruce Ringier, a blacksmith from Maplehurst Forge. The Forge is a contemporary blacksmithing studio that utilizes 19th century tools and techniques with a 21st century flair. Located in rural Wantage Township, New Jersey, the Forge is a place where forgotten industrial and farm objects are repurposed into functional furniture and sculpture. If you are a fan of belt buckles he will be displaying a wide variety of them fashioned from found, forgotten tractor parts and forged raw steel. Each of his belt buckles is one of a kind.

Along with exhibiting his work Ringier will be demonstrating at his booth. He will educate people on the techniques he uses with informative and interactive demonstrations throughout the day. Maplehurst Forge offers individual blacksmithing lessons from April through September. You can view his work at

Summit’s Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts will be on Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. This event is a juried event and applications are being accepted from artists, crafts people and photographers by contacting the producers of this event: JC Promotions, Inc. at 1-201-998-6311 or

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