The Sculpture Garden at the Sunapee Craft Fair … and More!

This week is the annual gathering of artists and artisans at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH for their 85th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. It’s an impressive display of art nicely arranged at the foot of the ski area. If you enjoy learning from artists and makers of crafts, this is a good opportunity to meet many local and regional artists, though not all are present at any given moment.

These ceramic flowers bloom every day, non-stop!

Of particular interest to me was the Sculpture Garden. Although it is not a big display, there is quite a range of styles of garden art. Want a 6-foot tall steel bird for the garden? For $1800 you can get one by Joseph DeRobertis. Or perhaps you’d like a humorous faux-tombstone? Michael Updike has several on display ranging in price from $4,000 to $10,000.

Faux tombstone by Michael Updike, a mere $4,000!

Not all the garden sculpture is so pricey. Patricia Woodbridge has a small gypsy caravan for $650, and doll-house sized structures from $650 to $2,500. Other artists have ceramic flowers and a whimsical dragonfly on sale.

Patricia Woodbridge has several moderately price bits of garden whimsy.

There really is something of interest for almost anyone. Some of the exhibits include pottery, fiber art, jewelry, wood carving, photography (some great work by Jon Olsen that I covet), handmade knives, women’s handmade clothing, shawls and scarves, Celtic furniture, collages and hand-blown glass.

Blown glass by Nathan Macomber appealed to me.

The event ends on Sunday, August 12 and is open daily from 10 to 5. Food and craft beer are on sale. Admission is $15, or $13 for seniors and veterans. Kids 12 and under are free.

Photography by Jon Olsen is wonderful!

Baskets by Jeffrey Gale of Strafford, Vermont appealed to me.

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