Ten cool things at Fall into Art festival

Saturday, September 18, 2010 | 7:59 p.m. CDT
Barbara Willenberg demonstrates rug hooking at the Fall into Art festival Saturday. There were about 30 booths featured at the event.

COLUMBIA — The Fall into Art festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W. Attendees of the first day of the festival brought their children and took in many styles of arts and crafts. Here is a list of 10 cool things available at the event on Saturday, in no particular order:

  1. Arts and crafts: Booths lined the hallways of Parkade Center and offered various forms of creativity to admire and buy. "I like the general art," said Matthew Bernhardt, 23. "All the different ideas and art styles. Everything from paint, to soaps, to glassware."
  2. Pumpkin painting: The hallway gallery at the festival was lined with pumpkins provided by Wilson's Garden Center, 709 Business Loop 70 E. Sisters Sydney, 9, Olivia, 8, and Emma Fischer, 4, painted pumpkins at the station sponsored by the garden center. "I'm trying to paint daddy," Emma said. "But it's kind of just slobbers."
  3. Pottery demonstration: Representatives from Access Arts brought out the pottery wheel and had a throwing display that was surrounded by parents and kids. The educational organization had a table set up to showcase completed pottery and fiber pieces. There were also forms for visitors to sign up for classes. 
  4. Face paint and monoprint: Members of the Baha'i Faith offered face painting with shapes including basketballs, ladybugs and music notes. Kids also created monoprint paintings by pouring paint in a tray, laying a sheet of paper on top and lifting it to reveal an original design. "My favorite is when I made the picture. The swirly thing," said Rachel Ricketts, 10.
  5. Clay pumpkins and collages: The Columbia Art League designated a booth the "Kids Art Spot" and supplied colorful clay for children to craft their own pumpkins. They also provided construction paper, tissue paper, markers and other materials to create collages. 
  6. Wood turning demonstration: Jeff Ferguson chiseled little spin tops to hand to kids after they watched the process in awe behind glass. Ferguson uses a machine called a lathe to carve his bowls and other creations displayed at his booth.
  7. Hooked rugs and fly tying: Barbara Willenberg showcased her handcrafted hooked rugs while husband John practiced his fly tying and made small bugs for children to wear on their hats. "I'm just supporting my lovely wife and working with the kids," John said. 
  8. Live music: A small stage set up in the middle of the hallway hosted musical performers such as Maarten Nieuwenhuizen, a classical pianist; the Sweet Adelines of the Heart of Missouri Chorus; Ali Zinati, a classical guitarist; a quartet from the Hickman High School orchestra; and Erna Lee Dunkerley, a pianist. 
  9. Wool spinning demonstration: Susan Haines and Laura Haines-Gavett brought along a friend, Laurel Kruse, to demonstrate the antique art of spinning sheep wool into thread. Haines-Gavett crafted many of her scarves and bags from wool she had hand-spun and materials she had recycled. "It makes sense for right now to use recycled materials, and to bring that kind of consciousness and make it appealing to people," Haines-Gavett said.
  10. Books and activity sheets: Phebe Roberts, an ambassador for Barefoot Books, brought children's books not found in stores that she said celebrate art and stories. Roberts also provided activity sheets and crayons for kids while their parents looked around at the selection of book that explore other cultures. 
If you go

What: Fall into Art

When: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W.

For information: Fall into Art

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