Local artists will display and sell their work at a street fair in downtown Elkins this Saturday.
Sponsored by Elkins ON TRAC, the second Artists Gather Street Fair will be held on Third Street from Davis Avenue to Kerens Avenue.
Art lovers and shoppers, or those who simply like to stroll and browse, are invited to visit the fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elkins artist Akiko Endo, left, will provide demonstrations and instructions on simple origami figures during the Artists Gather street fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Third Street in downtown Elkins. Endo is shown teaching an origami workshop at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.
ON TRAC Liaison Karen Carper said the group is proud to present the fair showcasing the work of local artists.
"We are excited to offer an event where the community can connect with artists in the heart of downtown Elkins," Carper said. "It's a more personal shopping experience that brings people together."
A variety of unique handmade items will be available for sale at the fair, from jewelry to paper and textile arts.
Elkins artist Michael Davis of Shibori West will show and sell his one-of-a-kind wearable art, including kimonos, tunics, jackets and pieced scarves made of fine handpainted crepe de Chine silk. Charcoal drawings and original poetry readings will be presented by Kerri Ours, also of Elkins. Ours will show the materials she uses to create the drawings that illustrate her poems.
Art activities will be offered by some artists. Akiko Endo of Origami Station in Elkins will show visitors how to make simple origami figures. This activity is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Endo has taught classes at the Randolph County Community Arts Center, where she is a member artist.
Businesses also may offer activities such as chalk drawing, washable tattoos, face painting or blowing bubbles on the sidewalks along Third Street.
Entertainment will be provided by local musicians, including singer/songwriter Caleb Karriker, who has performed locally at El Gran Sabor in Elkins and at the Buckley House in Beverly.
Third Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Davis Avenue to Kerens Avenue beginning at 8:30 a.m. to prepare for the event and will remain closed until 2:30 p.m.
Elkins was named a Certified Arts Community by the state of West Virginia in 2010.
"We are fortunate to have so many talented artists living and working here," Carper said. "The arts are such an important part of who we are in this community."
Artists Gather is the second of three street fairs presented by Elkins ON TRAC. Mountains Beckon was held in May. History Lives is slated for Sept. 8. The events are named for the ON TRAC slogan: Mountains Beckon, Artists Gather, History Lives.
The purpose of the street fairs is to increase activity in the downtown area with events for residents and visitors to enjoy.
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