Amphitheater and Old Marble Crafts

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Florida's Finest Crafters

Amphitheater and Old Marble Crafts showcase the great variety of Florida’s artists and natural resources.  Inspired or handed down by traditional ways of the past, or styled with the designs of studio art, Florida’s craftsmen pursue the creative expression of their history and culture.  Handcrafted furniture, detailed reproductions of Native American shell carvings, rich Hungarian embroidery, and handmade musical instruments are sold alongside fine jewelry, functional studio pottery, handwoven apparel, and home made jams and jellies.  Craftsmen demonstrate their skills throughout the craft areas, so take a leisurely stroll and visit with the artists whose work helps to support the Florida Folk Festival.  All craft vendors contribute a percentage of their sales to the Festival.  When you patronize these artists you are supporting both the creativity of Florida crafts and the continuation of the Florida Folk Festival.  We're currently working on the 2018 festival.  In the meantime, take a look at some of the crafters that have participated in previous festivals.

Bob Andrews, ACL Leather: handbags with native skin inlays (gator, stingray, snake), hand sewn briefcases with calfskin inlays, deerskin backpacks and waist packs, western style vests, leather boxes, pillows, belts, wallets, briefcases, musical instrument straps

Kathryn Basham, Medicine Song Crafts has handmade items using natural gathered and recycled materials including shells, fossils, coral, pineneedles, wild grapevine and bamboo

Terry and Carol Bodeker, TC Bodeker Expressions: hand crafted art jewelry featuring nature and sea life themes

Matt Brabham, Our Pottery: functional wheel-thrown pottery with decorative clay accents

Tom Brown, Ozello Islands Peppers: crafted original pepper sauces, pepper glazes, jellies, and hot sauces

Diane Buz, Intertribal Spirit Designs: Native American dream catchers, gourd-arts, bone-arts, and wood-arts, organic soaps and body products

Bharati Chaudhuri, Creative Arts Studio: showcases her cultural heritage through hand painted pottery, hand printed silk scarves, original designed and printed cards, henna paintings on hands, feet, and some body art

Agnes Czarnecki, Aggie’s Treasurers has quilts and quilted items including handmade purses and bags

Ibiyemi Efuntosin, Ibiyemi’s Afrikan Arts & Crafts: Afrikan styled handmade arts and crafts items: musical instruments; Shakeray - beaded hand drums; Owari – Afrikan chess: dolls, wallets, handbags, scarves, jewelry; Afrikan attire – Shokoto (pants), Buba (shirt), Lapa (skirt), and Gele (head attire)

Antonio Falla, Antonio Designs: handmade jewelry with silver and semiprecious stones

Juanita L. Flagler, The Magic Hat Box: handcrafted newsboy style hats, purses and jewelry made from vintage and recycled materials, sewn items featuring Florida photos

Otis and Rosalee Fouraker have grits, cornmeal and hand crocheted items, handcrafted wood items, candle holders, small cedar boxes

Harriett Heywood: Earthwares: retro-styled handmade aprons, clothing, hats, and accessories

Zita Horvath, Hungarian Folk Art: traditional Hungarian embroidery and needlework applied to tablecloths, blouses, dolls, doilies, straw crafts, and more

Patricia Lynne Hutchins of Suwannee Songs Designs has necklaces, bracelets and earrings jewelry made of natural stone and inspired by the natural environment of the Suwannee River Valley created by the traditional skill of hand-knotting on silk, forging and soldering metals (particularly copper), hand working wire to set stones, along with other handcrafting techniques

Julie Lail of Salt and Sugar Naturals and salt and sugar scrubs

Eric Larson, Winter Park Soap: handmade organic skin care products: soaps, lotions, lip balms

Ernest Lee, EM Lee Gallery: original paintings matted prints and notecards of country living, and waterways

Mary Maloy, The Cypress Corner: one of a kind bracelets and necklaces crafted from vintage jewelry

Ruthanne Mason, Mary & Mom, apprentices of longtime festival tie-dye artist Mark Wright, have tie-dye arts, including t-shirts, dresses, socks, shoelaces and hats

Mary McCray of ReVision has potting benches. birdhouses, pallet creations all made from reclaimed lumber from barns and houses built from lumber harvested in Florida's early lumbering hey days, and other recycled and salvaged items

Ethel McDonald, Marie's Home Canning: home canning: jams, jellies, pickles, relishes; handwoven jelly baskets; handmade aprons

Kathie Moehler: Thomas Honey: honey, beeswax

Greg Nason, Earthwares: scroll saw woodwork made on a foot-powered antique scroll saw of pictures, earrings, bookmarks, ornaments, folk instruments made from cigar boxes, tins and other found objects

Nina Raymond of Stretch-A-Wrecke is located near the Educational Exhibitors demonstrates and applies active isolated stretching and strengthening and massage techniques to help musicians, crafters, and others release tight muscles and improve flexibility and posture

Terry Regennitter has palmetto scrubbers, sabal palm weavings, leather pouches, wood carvings, walking sticks with carved faces, braided leather whips, bamboo flutes, folk puzzles, hand hewn treenware, Gypsy flowers, rag rugs

Leela Robinson of Yoga Body Works has come as you are, no yoga mat necessary demonstrations and participatory classes focusing on back, neck, shoulder, and arm therapy – Located near the Exhibitors Area

Ben Rogers of Tinker’s Forge demonstrates blacksmithing and sells hand-forged camping, hardware, garden, interior decorating, tools and toy items in the Florida Remembered Area

Robin Sapp of Peace of Glass: stained glass panels, sun catchers, bugs, and pendants influenced by Florida nature

Marvin Sawyer of Early Country Furniture has 1800s primitive and country hand crafted reproduction of household furniture and crafts including wooden totes, benches, wooden foot stools, jelly cabinets, coat racks, craft ducks, chimney cabinets and wooden fire wood boxes.

Ruby Shaw has homemade peanut brittle. A festival tradition for 65 years!

Lita Swindle & Eva Clayton, Clayton & Swindle: demonstrate the spinning and the making of rag rugs using a rigid heddle loom. Demonstrations and sale of rag rugs, cloth and fiber items, handmade looms and belt looms, spinning wheels and drop spindles

Judes Thegenus: Gallery Jakmel: original artwork including sculptures and paintings; prints of original artwork on t-shirts, mugs, bags, posters, etc.; CDs of original music – located in the tower.

Nancy Traver demonstrates indigo dye spinning, and knitting has hand knitted items, tatted lace and hand wovens

Michael Tucker has Florida books

Edwin Wunderlich has award-winning books emphasizing Florida heritage along with display of Florida artifacts related to the history covered in his books

 

                                                                            Florida Remembered

Our newest addition to the Festival, Florida Remembered is dedicated to the spirit of the Floridian pioneers who made their way into this great state when it was wild and made their mark upon the land. With perseverance and ingenuity our ancestors fought hardship to build the foundation of Florida we know and love. Our crew of traditional artists learned their crafts from family legacy and extensive research to preserve the way of life Old Florida held dear. Experience the Cracker lifestyle and learn the practices of pioneers with interactive workshops. Make your own palm frond baskets! For ages 8 and up, only five dollars a session with all materials provided. Or learn to cook over wood fires with cast-iron, ages 15 and up, just five dollars with all materials furnished.

Willie the Losen demonstrates split rail fence making

Ethan Forbes demonstrates shingle making and hewing logs for cabins

Sam deMooy demonstrates palm frond weaving and cordage and hide tanning

Angie Minno demonstrates open fire cooking methods and fiber arts

Terisa Shomate demonstrates fire building techniques

Mychol Stevens discusses medicinal plants, wild edibles

Ross Morton demonstrates furniture building

George Paxton, Azell Nail, Mark Carpenter demonstrate Cracker cow camp living

Jason Vickery demonstrates the art of smoked mullet

Tiffany Vickery demonstrates candle making

Carrie Todd demonstrates Dutch oven cooking

Joe Mitchell demonstrates an alcohol distillery

Robert Wilson discusses fur trapping and trading

Alan Ritchie demonstrates soap making