Adelle Atkinson models a sweater designed by Olga Saras. /HUW MORGAN

Festival draws thousands

The 54th annual Haliburton Art and Craft Festival drew 6300 people from July 21 to 23. Attendance is slightly lower than the record high set in 2010 but is still “excellent” said organizer Laurie Jones curator of Rails End Gallery.

This year’s event included 125 artists representing a variety of media from sculptures jewelry and visual arts. All of the showcased artists at the event were selected by a jury in March. These Best in Category award winners had the top scores based on criteria such as identity of design presentation workmanship excellence professionalism and overall impression of application.

Winners by category: clay – Jane Snider Pottery jewelry with precious metals – Opal Wing Creations jewelry with other materials – Moth jewelry sculpture – Burn Island glass – Earth Songs Studio Fibre – Echoes in the Attic wood – Sawdusters visual art – Cori Lee Marvin – Watercolours.

Music was provided by buskers such as Cassidy Glecoff “Haliburton Hank” Loney and Love Sue Shikaze and Myrna McBrien the Orion Duo Royce Cox Nigel Harris Saxby and Scott Duggan including Barry “Bazza” Hayward. Jones also appreciated the attendance of the Taoist Tai Chi and the Visible Voices Open Arts Studio.