New Hope Arts and Crafts festival featured 160 artists

The Annual New Hope Juried Arts & Crafts Festival was a great success on Sept. 23 and 24, 2017. It featured more than 160 local and national artists and craftspeople. Held at New Hope Solebury High School in New Hope, Pa., the festival included events for the whole family. Next year’s festival dates are already set. They are Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, 2018. 

There were many winners at this year’s festival. The Festival awards $4,000 in prizes. Civil War tintype photography took the top prize with Best of Show going to Derek Mohr, and 2nd Prize Jewelry going to Michele Cole. The First Place winners were Ruth Taylor for Photography and Kathy Dinsmore for Fiber, and Bob Richey for Fine Art, who won Best of Show in 2008.  Daniel Pratt won First Place in Crafts, Megan Whitten for Jewelry, and Kirsten and Marc Lamuniere for Mixed Media.

This year there was a new drawing offering one lucky guest a subscription to Bucks County Playhouse. Mohr had the honors of selecting the winner in the drawing. It was Pina Bartolotta of Marlboro, N.J., who was very excited when Alexander Fraser, Producing Director of Bucks County Playhouse, called her to share the good news.

The New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival attracts artisans from states along the east coast along as well as thousands of visitors. Artists and craftspeople include specialists in oil painting, pastels, watercolors, drawing, etching, mixed media, black and white and color photography, soft and hard sculpture, wood turning and rustic furniture, pottery and glassware, wearable art, leather and fabric handbags, handspun and felted clothing and jewelry – including hand-blown glass beadwork as well as precious and semi-precious metals and stones. Prizes are awarded in six different categories: crafts, fine arts, fiber, jewelry, mixed media and photography.

Here is a complete list of winners: 

Best of Show:
Derek Mohr – Tintype Photography – Ottville, Pa.

1st Prizes:
Crafts: Daniel Pratt – Midnight Glassware,…

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