Saxonburg Festival of the Arts enjoys successful weekend
By Jodi Weigand
Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
Nice weather and nearly sold-out vendor spots combined to make this year's Saxonburg Festival of the Arts one of the best in recent memory, organizers said.
“I think we've had more people this year than I can remember,” said Maria McCullough, co-chair of the annual event. “I used to come here as a teenager with my mother and I don't remember this many people.”
Sam Andrews, co-director of the Saxonburg Area Artists Cooperative, said more than 800 people walked through the co-op's gallery on Saturday and he expected just as many on Sunday.
The co-op features 15 area artists, including potters, painters and woodworkers. The festival featured an eclectic mix of food vendors, from vegan fare to traditional Italian dishes, and musical performances, an antique tractor display and artist demonstrations.
“It's been a great, great weekend,” Andrews said. “We couldn't have had better weather.”
Rain plagued last year's festival.
The Saxonburg Historical & Restoration Commission sponsors the event, which is in its 28th year.
Pat Foringer of Butler said she attends the festival just about every year. On Sunday she was there with her friend Mindy Gull of Butler, whose sister Lisa Stenn was doing portrait art demonstrations.
“Saxonburg is just a beautiful little city,” Foringer said. “It just makes the whole experience.”
Several people said they were headed directly to the kettle corn stand so they could indulge while browsing.
Lisa Anderson of Butler Township said that was on her list of stops.
“We came out because we like all the homemade arts and crafts,” she said. “It's an especially nice day, so it's great to be outside.”
Artists and vendors said they like the festival because it's a venue for people who wouldn't normally be able to display their work.
“It's an opportunity to share the expertise of the artists and artisans with the public,” said Mark Weleski of Harrison, whose paintings of Springdale and Natrona are so detailed they look like photographs.
A former art teacher in the Deer Lakes School District for 38 years, he said he misses his students and enjoys the opportunity to interact with visitors at the festival.
“We don't do it enough,” Weleski said. “But Saxonburg has been doing this for a long time.”
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Judge allows evidence in case against New Ken-Arnold teacher
- Alle-Kiski Valley schools improve statewide scores
- Avonmore mayor files EEOC harassment case against council
- Springdale officer who resigned to receive severance
- Washington Township approves tax-neutral $2.6M budget