Today's annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Walnut Street in Hayden, hosted by the Rocking "A" Scholarship Fund for the performing and visual arts, will have a new theme this year: "Art in Motion."
The theme, organizer Lana McFadden said, is appropriate because most of the artists who will have sales booths will be, well, in motion when the bazaar begins at 10 a.m. today at 148 S. Walnut St.
Front Range painter Sally Brady will be painting outdoor scenes, while Hayden's own Brad Smith will be blowing glass. Flutist Belinda Berry will be playing her flute, and several members of the Hayden high and middle school bands will be playing solos and duets. Lauretta Davidson-Monger will be spinning and weaving wool clothing and several artists will be throwing pots on a potter's wheel.
Besides food and several entertaining events, such as a massage chair and the traditional children's "Turkey Bowl" of bowling frozen fowls to knock over pins, many crafters will have booths selling arts and crafts ranging from soaps to jewelry, wooden carvings to sandstone carvings, candles, bowls, scarves, clothing and quilts.
Four crafters from Steamboat have made commitments, and several from Hayden have submitted pieces for display or a raffle, including a hand-carved walking stick from George Wixson and several items created by McFadden and featured in her store Porcupine Designs.
All of the proceeds from booth sales and a prize raffle of items donated by some of the featured artists will directly benefit the Rocking "A" Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships each year to graduating high school students "who can rock between the arts and academics," McFadden said. "It's more about the balance between the two than the art itself."
Besides arts and academics, the "A" stands for Anna, McFadden's mother, who McFadden credits for encouraging her to get involved in the arts.
Several of the featured artists have donated fine art for a raffle drawing that also will benefit Rocking "A."
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the bazaar. The drawing will be Jan. 14.
"This is not just a craft show, it's an ambiance that will be created for the crafters and visitors," McFadden said.
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