SUMMIT — The Summit Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts, a juried outdoor event held in downtown Summit, is set for Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Beechwood Road and Union Place. A collection of artisans will be on hand to display and sell artwork in media including: clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography.
An array of musical artists will perform live in front of the Summit Train Station on Union Place beginning at 11 a.m. with the distinct vocals of Crista Orefice, followed at 11:45 by 8-year-old vocalist and 2011 winner of the “Young Talent Big Dreams” Contest, Biana Pinchuk. At 12:30 p.m., The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will perform, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the West End Trio, and at 2:30 p.m. by Kristin Erret. At 3:15 p.m., West End Trio, will take the stage, followed at 4:15 p.m. by The Chatham Brass Ensemble and at 4:45 p.m. by Tony Christopher, New Jersey singer, songwriter and producer.
Mark Wadmond, events chairman for Summit Downtown Inc., comments, “We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon browsing the fine art displays and listening to accomplished musical performances in historical downtown Summit.”
JoAllyn Vlossak, one of the many artists featured at the festival, turned her hobby into a home based business producing beautiful stained glass art. Over the years her business has grown and she’s completed dozens of windows for churches and restaurants in New Jersey. She gets some of her best ideas from customers and enjoys meeting and talking to people. Her product line consists of sun catchers, night lights, frames, lamps, mirrors, jewelry boxes, corners brackets and more.
Laura Hanley, a Summit resident, “throws” pots and teaches pottery to adults and children in her basement studio and garage. All of her functional stoneware pottery pieces are wheel thrown, unique and one-of-a- kind. The clay and glazes used are non toxic, lead free, dishwasher, microwave and over safe. Hanley also creates stoneware pendant and beaded necklaces that are perfect to wear for any occasion. Stop by her booth to see her exceptional pieces and to let the kids have the chance to create their own art at her interactive children’s table. For more information about Hanley visit her website http://www.madewithclaybylaura.com/default.php.
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