Archive for the Category ◊ Arts & Crafts ◊

Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Whimsical-Robyn

1st place was Whimsical Robyn, Robyn Johnston from Apex ,NC mosaic sculptures

River-Artwork-Charlene-Woods

2nd Over the River Artwork, Charlene Woods from Stafford, VA mixed media artwork

Designs-Gerry

3rd Designs by Gerry, Gerry Blanks from Bumpass, VA hand painted nautical window art

Tin-Man-Scott-Tope

Honorable Mention The Tin Man, Scott Tope from Fayetteville, NC hand-crafted aluminum can creations, bottle cap earrings, all recycled materials

Each year we enlist three judges to explore all the craft booths at our event. This is the criteria we ask them to look for and choose their favorites.

  • Attractiveness of booth
  • Quality, beauty and difficulty of craft
  • Friendliness and helpfulness of crafter

Congratulations to this year’s Winners!


 

Posted: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Biggest Event in Southern Virginia this year is spectacular and we are inviting you to come, party with us as we celebrate the area’s favorite event here in Virginia’s only Lakeside Town. Below you’ll find detailed information on some of this year’s happenings; Starting with our Annual Hot-air Balloon Tethering rides, to the Welcoming Ceremonies & finally the main day events to the gathering of the boats & fireworks.

2016 Lakefest Schedule


 

Posted: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Cross-Wood-Art

The arts & crafts show is juried and the jurors have been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. It is a packed house this year with over 230 vendors ranging from Crafts, Food, Non-profits & Retail items. Vendors this year are coming not only from Virginia, but also other states: Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania & Georgia.

The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. We have lots of new & exciting booths this year, from amazing woodworkings, acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, personalized jewelry, items to be personalized on the spot, pain relief jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even homemade pet food & attire… just to name a few.

Over-the-RiverWe have a few book authors too! One is local and will be located at the Cottage Barn booth and the other is from Florida. We have great things for the kids from treasure mining to Disney characters, face painters, character balloons & water slide, pony & amusement rides.

There will be no shortage of food vendors ranging from Asian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek & your All-American choices too! There will be special items such as fried green tomatoes, Angus Sliders, Brats & BBQ Ribs, along with all the other fair favorites. For the sweet tooth, Sweet Frog is back, along with a new Sweet Cakes vendor, specializing in flavored & frosted cupcakes. Funnel cakes have evolved into all the toppings and flavors a sugar lover could only dream about. There will be deep fried candy bars, & Oreos to icees, smoothies & popsicles. Cheesecake on a stick anyone? Smell the aroma of Roasted nuts, kettle corn, popcorn, cotton candy & more! All here on Saturday.

Sweet-Cakes

Sweet Cakes!

Lake Country Satellite is helping this year with Wi-Fi for the event and US98 will be doing live remotes throughout the day! Disney Characters will be here for a short time from 10:30-1:30, so don’t miss them performing at the United Country Realty Stage. Virginia Avenue from Second through Fourth Street will not re-open at 5 pm so we have about 25 vendors opting to stay until the fireworks, so come on down any time of day. If you want to keep up with all activities, details & more of who is coming to Lakefest, go to our Lakefest Event page on Facebook to view our daily post on updates and information.


 

Posted: Friday, November 20th, 2015

Art is a wonderful, timeless gift for anyone, so why not support local artists this Christmas? Shop Downtown Clarksville is sponsoring their first Art Crawl during this year’s Christmas in Clarksville Open House. Below you will see the list of participating local artists and where you can find them on the Art Crawl Map.

  1. Art-Crawl-MapSNAPS booth, Heather Labone, Traci Watson, Kricket DeOrnellas
  2. Dr. Robert Ah
  3. Lynn Baron Goodwin
  4. Randie Felts
  5. Jody Bohannon, Mike Jancart & Company
  6. Andrea Veseth Burke

Be sure to stop by the S.N.A.P.S. table to purchase a raffle ticket! Winner will receive 50% of the amount received for all tickets and the other 50% will go to S.N.A.P.S. spay/neuter program to reduce the population of stray and unwanted pets in Mecklenburg County. Perfect time to win some $$ to help you with holiday shopping and to help out a great cause! Tickets are $10 each or 5 for $40. There will also be S.N.A.P.S. tshirts on sale for $15.

For more information visit the Art Crawl Event page on facebook.


 

Posted: Wednesday, August 05th, 2015
Conway-Studios

First Place: Conway Studios Cathy McInville of Conway, NC Stained Glass & Handmade bird baths, butterflies, dragonflies, decorative art & sculptures. cathymcinville@nullgmail.com 252-252-377-7764

The-House-Movement

2nd Place: Tiny House Movement, Living Off the Grid Julie Hochwender, Hot Springs, NC. Handmande bird houses from tin & logs/log candle holders tinyhousemovements@nullgmail.com 573-673-6882

Bakers-by-the-Sea

3rd Place: Bakers by the Sea Susanne Baker, New Smyrna Beach, Florida Hand sewn denium koozies, fired stone coasters & signs 843-377-9277 sugarbaker1113@nullaol.com

Angie-Cole

Honorable Mention: Angie Cole Huddleson, VA metal yard art, painted decorative spinners amcglc613@nullyahoo.com 608-481-2458


 

Posted: Monday, July 06th, 2015

THE BIGGEST EVENT IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA is HERE!! This year is spectacular and we are inviting you to come, party with us as we celebrate the area’s favorite event here in Virginia’s only Lakeside Town. Below you’ll find detailed information on some of this year’s details; starting Thursday night with our Annual Hot-air Balloon Tethering rides, then Friday we invite you to come to opening ceremonies & finally Saturday, the main day, full of events for the whole family from sunrise to the gathering of the boats & fireworks. Make sure you stay till Sunday year and celebrate “Afterfest” too!


 

Posted: Monday, July 06th, 2015

ALAN at 2013 LAKEFEST

Friday, July 17th stop by the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, where Sand sculptor, Alan Matsumoto, has already begun his larger-than-life creation, I wonder what it will be this year? Alan, has held a Guinness World Record in sand-sculpting, and has won 6 World Championship titles with his Sand-sculpting Team-mates. He has also been a Canadian National Snow-sculpting Champion and twice B.C. Provincial Champion. After a 19 year career as a Structural Engineer in Vancouver, Canada, Alan has been sand-sculpting professionally now for over 20 years and currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia.

The town will be busy preparing for the night’s activities as the main stage will be rolling in as well as a few selected vendors & Fun Time Amusements of Danville will be setting up all their machines for the all the children’s games & rides. Around 6:30 pm everything should be set & placed into action. At 7 pm, we the night’s MC, Bill Baker will take stage and announce and bring our wonderful, sponsors to the stage! We couldn’t do it without them!!! Make sure you thank a sponsor if you see one!!

ADMIRAL

  • HP

CAPTAINS

  • McDonalds of Clarksville
  • Clarksville Ruritans
  • VETS, Inc.

COMMANDERS

  • Benchmark Community Bank
  • Lake Motel Efficiencies & Magnuson on the Lake
  • SENTARA
  • Signs & Designs
  • The Mecklenburg Sun
  • The News Progress
  • US98.3

OFFICERS

  • VCU/CMH
  • Town of Clarksville
  • Century 21 on the Lake
  • Simmon’s & Associates Realty

1st MATES

  • A & K Dock Service
  • Unburn
  • Clarksville Marina
  • Carter Bank & Trust
  • Citizens Community Bank
  • Edward Jones
  • Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

Helmsmen

  • CFJ-Jewelry, Gifts & More
  • Clarksville Auto Supply, Inc.
  • Matthews Sanitation
  • Southside Marine
  • Virginia Avenue Mall

As soon as we are finished with taking the sponsor photo, the live entertainment for the evening takes stage….from Richmond Virginia, InsideOut. We will be selling lakefest t-shirts by the Clarksville Ruritans Thrift Shop, and also raffle tickets for the Totally Cool Raffle, which the winner will be drawn at 9:45 that evening.


 

Posted: Monday, July 06th, 2015

Lakefest-Artshow-2The arts & crafts show is juried and the jury has been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. Artists this year are coming from not only Virginia, but also other states– Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maine, Pennsylvania & Georgia. The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. Lots of new & exciting booths this year….art from Water ink, acrylic and oil paintings, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, personalized jewelry, items to be personalized on the spot, blown glass jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even pet attire–just to name a few.

What are some of the food vendors on tap for this year…how about something heathy at LAKEFEST? Well, we have a new vendor this year coming from Midlothian…..Hemp Dog Café® their products are a healthy take on classic foods. It is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and GMO free!

Of cLakefest-Artshow-1ourse we have all the other festival favorites such as gyros, chic on a stick, Thai food, pizza, whole pig BBQ, crab cakes, seafood and hot dogs & hamburgers too! Fried green tomatoes, alligator fries, blooming onions, kettle corn, & more.

And for those with a sweet tooth, we have all sorts of flavored Funnel cakes and an Insane DONUT vendor, deep fried peaches, candy bars, & Oreos. For that hot summer day you can choose from these tasty treats to cool you down, Ice cream, smoothies, sno-cones, popsicles’, milkshakes or yogurt & so much more.

Want to see keep up with all active details & more of who is coming to LAKEFEST, go to our LAKEFEST EVENT page on Facebook to view our daily post on updates and information.


 

Posted: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Each year we send out secret judges to rate & award 4 crafters for Best in Show with 1st place , 2nd , 3rd & honorable mention & those three judges go their own way & span 7 blocks to hunt for their favorite display. They rate them for attractiveness of their booth, quality, beauty and difficulty of craft and friendliness of crafter. Below you’ll find this year’s winners.

Wood-Carvings-By-Gamaliel-Tejeda

Gamaliel’s Wood Carvings won first in show awards him with $150, He is from Franklinton, NC

Linda Patrick Studios

Linda Patrick Studios, artwork of watercolors of rural VA, awarded $75, is from Lyndhurst VA

The Reinvented Home

The Reinvented Home, awarded $50 to Darlene Kelly with her Repurposed furniture & accessories, from Beaufort, SC

Colonial Wagon & Wheel

Colonial Wagon & Wheel, Metal Lawn & garden art, awarded Dave Anders Honorable mention of $25 and is from Lancaster, Ohio

 


 

Posted: Wednesday, July 02nd, 2014

Here comes the 37th Annual Lakefest! This year is looking to be a wonderful time of celebration here in Virginia’s only Lakeside Town. Below you’ll find detailed information on some of this year’s happenings; from Helicopter Rides to The Antique Auto Show, and a 5K Run/walk-hosted by the Clarksville YMCA. For registration details and to sign up to participate in the 5K Run call 434-374-5858 or download the application here. Please use the links below and to the left to explore just some of this year’s offerings.

photo by Justin Eubank

photo by Justin Eubank


 

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

SANDY FEAT - ENO 2010One of the events major attractions to Lakefest each year is the Sand Sculpture. We wait for almost three whole days to figure out what great work of art will be carved out of that huge pile of sand. The attraction located in the Pocket Park, located at the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the LOVE sign.  Back this year is Ed Moore who was here in 2012 and has been the main sand artist for Lakefest for many years. Ed is  the Founder of Sandy Feat sand sculpture group, grew up to be an architect. But he never gave up on his childhood pastime, which resulted in ever more complex creations, from elaborate castles built on beach vacations to the scores of sculptures he has cut into blocks of wet sand since founding the professional sand-sculpting team Sandy Feat 24 years ago

He has a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, is a N.C. State University Residence, lives in  Raleigh with his wife, Sally Moore. The Moore  family has a long history at N.C. State, where he, his father and one of his sons all earned degrees. Moore says his father would often recall a tradition there from the 1920s called “Rush the Grand,” in which groups of students would take the trolley downtown to the Grand Theater. (Later called the Ambassador Theater, it has since been razed.) A large enough group would overwhelm the attendants, allowing the students to get in free.


 

Posted: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce in southern Mecklenburg County, Virginia is set to host the LOVE artwork sign at the 37th Annual Virginia Lake Festival otherwise known as LAKEFEST!

VA Love Art Clarksville

Visitors are encouraged to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter, using the special hashtag ‪#‎LOVEVA ‪#‎LAKEFESTVA.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring an oversized LOVE artwork to Clarksville on July 17th as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives July 17th and will be on display at the pocket park on the corner of 4th & Virginia Avenue, near the sand sculpture, through July 20th.

“Our iconic Virginia is for Lovers brand is about love – pure and simple, and has been for more than 40 years,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. “We are excited to share the LOVE at locations throughout the Commonwealth where so many people can enjoy being a part of it. It reminds us that Virginia is an ideal destination for families looking to completely connect on a Virginia vacation.”

“We are thrilled to add this new highlight to the festival this year! Everyone who has been to LAKEFEST, LOVE’s it! There is so much to see and do, from the hot air balloon show, to 5k run, antique car show, amusement rides for the kids, to great entertainment, 150 arts & craft vendors, food galore & Fireworks! We want to invite everyone to our free event! Having the LOVE sign will be something new & fun and we also see it and an opportunity to promote tourism to our area.” said Sheila Cuykendall, executive director of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2010, tourism generated $19 billion in revenue, supported 204,000 jobs and generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www.Virginia.org to learn more or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.

Photo provided by Virginia Tourism Corporation (Virginia.org)


 

Posted: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Bottle-Vase-ArtThe arts & crafts show is juried and the jury has been kept busy reviewing applications and photographs since early in February. Artists this year are coming from not only Virginia, but also other states– Florida, Ohio, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, Georgia. The crafters have been extremely active in applying for this year’s show. Water ink, acrylic and oil paintings…even face painters, pottery, leather products, birdhouses and garden accessories, carvers and sculptures, personalized jewelry, items to be personalized on the spot, blown glass jewelry, photography, clothing, home accessories and even pet attire–just to name a few.

What are some of the food vendors on tap for this year? As of this moment, we have more than 20 food vendors…only two of similar offerings are approved by the jury…thus, there will be an extraordinary amount of variety. In addition to the typical festival foods such as polish sausages, gyros, alligator fries,  blooming onions, kettle corn, coated nuts, deep-fried candy bars, cheesecake/cookies and funnel cakes with your choice of toppings…the ethnic choices will include Caribbean–jerk chicken, shawarma, hummus; vegetarian offerings, Seafood–shrimp, crab cakes, fish tacos; Thai choices–Satay, vegetable cakes and spring rolls; Items to cool one down on a hot summer day…fresh squeezed lemonade, smoothies and icees, drinks such as homemade sodas & milkshakes, snow cones, homemade ice creams and old fashioned floats & yogurt!

2 Gallon Jar White webWindow-Artwork


 

Posted: Wednesday, January 08th, 2014

Clarksville VA Lakefest Logo ContestCould your wallet use an extra $250? Consider putting your talents to work for the 2014 Virginia Lake Festival (Lakefest) and become the winner of the reward. The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce encourages area artists to enter the winning logo design for the 37th Lakefest that is scheduled for July 17-29, 2014.

In addition to the cash reward, the winning artist will have their design featured on the official 2014 Lakefest t-shirts and on brochures, flyers and other media promotions of the three-day event, plus be promoted in area newspapers for their accomplishment.

Those wanting to enter the contest may download an entry form here, pick up an entry form at the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, 105 Second Street, or pick one up at the Virginia Avenue Mall or call the Chamber and one will be mailed to you. For artwork designs to be considered in the judging, original and signed entries must be delivered to the Clarksville Chamber Office or submitted by mail to the Lake Festival Committee, P.O. Box 1017, Clarksville, VA, 23927, no later than March 14th, 2014. For more information call the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at (434) 374-2436 or contact us.


 

Posted: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate all of this year’s entries into the Arts & Crafts Show for their hard work and excellence in artistry. This year’s winners are especially to be celebrated in standing out amidst so much talent. Thank you!

1st Place Lakefest 20131st Place

A Living Art Topiary
Rebecca Willis of Mooresburg, Tn
Animal shaped forms made from moss & plants

2nd Place Lakefest 20132nd Place

The Mad Hatter’s Follies
Marilyn Perkey, Burlington, NC
Upcycled Décor made from Dishes & Bric & Brac

3rd Place Lakefest 20133rd Place

Natures Legacy
Sandie Smith, Ruther Glen, VA
Wildlife photography taken around the world

Honarable Mention Lakefest 2013Honorable Mention

McKinsey Bamber Jewelry
Mckinsey Bamber, Richmond VA
Sterling silver jewelry with brass, copper & precious stones