The One & Only Arts and Crafts Fair returned after the two-year pandemic hiatus! Hosted on Saturday, November 12 at the Sandy Hill Community Centre, the fair was organized by members of Action Sandy Hill, our local community association. Here are a few of the faces and wares that were on display at one of the first craft shows of the season.
Terry Cowan’s table was full of smooth, colourful stones painted glossy with natural landscapes, wildlife, and birds. The stones come from either the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick or Lake Superior in northern Ontario. Many of Cowan’s scenes are painted from memory or made up entirely, though his OC Transpo scene is a reference to when he used to work with the public transit agency. Photo Hilary Duff
A few pendants, earrings, and brooches meticulously created by Curtis Shaw. Each piece features an origami figure dipped in resin. Photo Hilary Duff
Élise Gauthier grew up in Sandy Hill and learned about the One & Only Arts and Crafts Fair from her mom, long-time IMAGE volunteer Betsy Mann. This was her first official craft show selling her “unique and whimsically imperfect yarn creations.” Photo Hilary Duff
Orleans-based artist Lynn Dempster had a table full of mittens made from refashioned sweaters. Rummaging through bins and racks at Value Village and the Salvation Army thrift store, Dempster especially covets sweaters made of wool, boiled wool, and anything colourful! Each sweater yields between two to three pairs of mittens. Photo Hilary Duff
Painter Pierre Lambert and his sister, Carole. Photo Hilary Duff
Yulia Lisitsyna draws inspiration from East European, Nordic, and Italian design for her ornaments and magnets. Photo Hilary Duff
Events like the One & Only can’t run without a dedicated team of volunteers! Pictured in between serving snacks and selling raffle tickets are Louise Lapointe, Christine Aubry, and Krista Ranacher. Photo Hilary Duff