Scenic new home enhances W.Va. arts festival's appeal

October 30, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. - Some came for the arts and some for the nature, but most who showed up Saturday for the first day of the Potomac Arts Festival said it was the combination of both that attracted them to the event.

"It has been very special for me because I know some of the artists," said Shay Potter of Charles Town, W.Va., as she left the exhibits.

Potter, a teacher at Park View High School in Sterling, Va., said such events are her way of learning while having a good time.


Marcia Jones of Shepherdstown said she found out about the event at the National Conservation Training Center by word-of-mouth. She wasn't disappointed as she walked through the exhibits in the auditorium, museum and outside patio.

"I wasn't actually expecting to buy anything, but I got some Sycamore pottery," Jones said. "It shows great quality and has an excellent glaze."

Many raved about the great facility at the training center, especially in a town as small as Shepherdstown. The festival was being held at the training center for the first time this year, organizers said.

"It was as good as ever," Bill Hartgroves of Charles Town said of the center. He attended the festival with his wife, Jean, and their friend, Don Athey.

"As far as I am concerned, Will Hershberger stole the show," Bill Hartgroves said about the festival.

Hershberger's medium is photography and he had a display at the festival.

Athey said he was most impressed with the digital photography art of Joel Boches, also on display.

There were glass artists, painters, jewelry makers, printers, woodworkers, photographers, sculptors, potters, leather and textiles, and graphics for both days of the festival. More than 40 exhibitors are represented.

As she was leaving, Potter said the day was made all the more enjoyable by the ideal fall weather, changing colors of the leaves and a little nip in the air.

The Potomac Arts Festival is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, a United Way agency. Donations will be used for environmental education.

The festival continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you go

What: Potomac Arts Festival

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, four miles north of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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