Artisans' Fair held in North Augusta

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News 12 at 11, April 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- The CSRA got a taste of culture from around the country at the fifth annual Olde Towne Artisans' Fair.

David Stuart owns Wild Hare Pottery in North Augusta, where he teaches pottery classes. He's also an art teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary. He spent the day showcasing his work.

"It's almost magical taking a piece of dirt and make something out of it, that winds up being a beautiful art object," David Stuart said.

David has been making pottery for nearly four decades.

"A medium that you can do a lot of different things with. That you can really almost create anything that you want too," Stuart said.

There were about 25 tents set up in North Augusta's Living History Park. And there was something for everyone. Fine arts and crafts, and music. Some enjoyed soaking up the sun and bringing their dogs out to the park. And one artist we talked to spent they day sitting in the grass and painting.

"I have people come by and say I've never seen anything like this, anywhere. So I hope that my art does do that. I hope that it's original or usually when people walk up they start smiling," Billy S. said.

There were artists from North Carolina and South Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Arkansas. And several artists were from the Augusta area and have been participating in this art show for the past couple of years.

"It's kind of a good variety. And nothing is alike. So it's something for everybody," Lynn Thompson said.

Everything from oils, pastels, wood carvings, pottery, and jewelry.

"When they see art work out here, they also get to talk to the artists who make the work," Stuart said.

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