Building community through art, the Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities (CCAH) is getting ready for its most varied selection of arts & crafts and food in 41 years. Over 135 arts & crafts and food vendors will descend on Sopris Park to share their talents and treats at the 41st Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 27th-29th, opening at noon on Friday, July 27th. Look for the Mountain Fair program in the Thursday, July 26th edition of the Sopris Sun for a complete list of vendors, or visit www.carbondalearts.com for more information. Get your ‘uniform’ aka tie-dye at the fair. “It is much more than functional crafts this year,” said Amy Kimberly, CCAH executive director. “We also have unique fine art, and lots of super creative re-purposing this year.” Because everything in the arts & crafts and food booths are made exclusively by the artists and chefs, all items are unique and special.” Clothing is a big category this year. In addition to popular classics like Autumn Teneyl, July Five, Cyndi Buck, Cyndy Love, and Grebe Batik, there are many smaller start-ups including the very local Carbondale Sew-Op. Plus, clothing accessories: hats, bags, belts and kids clothes, and fine soaps and body lotions. Remember the wild body paint at Green is the New Black? Featured local artists include: Ticah Burrows with her Dragon Nymph ear wraps, Felicia Trevor’s jewelry, Mountain Betty (Tracy Wilson) has bag & scarf accessories, and David Rasmussen\’s wood plates. There are also rustic vertical succulent gardens from Greenlab Studios. Two + Two is locals Leslie Russell and Juliet Jones make fabric lunch and snack bags. Chris Ford will be selling his artwork and offering body painting. Also lots of glass art this year from hand-blown soft glass to functional fused glass. Jewelry is always big, and new this year are charms for your dog or kitty from The Healing Pet. Jewelry may have the broadest range in styles and price points of any category. Get a massage, a tarot card reading, have your hair braided or get a henna tattoo! Two vendors are selling clocks. One made from re-cycled computer parts, and the other from recycled bike parts! Karin\’s Kitsch has re-invented bags from old album covers. Very cool. As usual, there will be beautiful photography and paintings with several artists painting on glass or found objects. There are Adirondack and sculpted furniture in addition to the classic hanging chairs. And, as always, a good select
41st MOUNTAIN FAIR OFFERS MUCH MORE THAN FUNCTIONAL CRAFTS
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