33rd Annual Vesta Craft Show to open with gala and reception

WELLSBORO — “Art for Hearth & Home,” the 33rd Annual Vesta Art and Craft Show and Sale, will open with a gala reception and entertainment 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main St. Admission is always free. The first Vesta show and sale opened the same weekend as Wellsboro’s first Dickens of a Christmas in 1984. For the past 32 years, both have been held on the same weekend and become holiday traditions.

The 11 artists known as Vesta take their name from the Roman goddess of hearth, home and family. “There is an intrinsic warmth to the scarves, baskets and artwork on display in this exhibit because everything is made by hand, not mass-produced,” said Anna Wales, Gmeiner director. “Each painting is inspired by a personal experience. Every basket is hand-woven from local willow, and the pottery is worked by hands that care,” Wales added.

On display will be creative machined fiber arts, wood art and jewelry by multi-media artists Barbara Most, of Rose Valley in Trout Run, Ali Taylor, of Montoursville and Raquel Rogers, of Wellsboro; artistic ceramics by Amy Logsdon, of Bath, New York; photographic explorations of Pennsylvania by Anne Sutley Miller and woven scarves by Ruth Anne Miller, her mother, a fiber artist, both of Morris; willow baskets handcrafted by Patti Dillman, of Sabinsville; handbags and purses created by Patty McDonald, of Tioga from cotton and cork fabrics; and paintings by Kathryn Cummings, of Tioga and SatyaVani P. Akula, of Elmira, New York.

From 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, the gallery will not only offer original artwork and handmade crafts but by touring portrayals of each Vesta artist’s studio will also see the tools used to craft it. Friday night, music will be performed by 14-year-old Creslyn Kilmer on guitar and ukulele. Saturday, Vernal Pool, a Celtic trio, will perform traditional Scottish, Irish and Appalachian instrumental and vocal music from 10 a.m. to noon.

The show and sale will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on  Dec. 4 and from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, Dec. 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18.