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2018 Art and Craft Awards

Congratulations goes out to these outstanding artists who won this year’s Art and Craft awards! We had a wonderful group of amazingly talented artists, thanks to all who participated in the King William Fair and to Nancy & Chris Price for serving as our Volunteer Art & Craft Managers!
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Best in Show

Rachel Dory

Rachel Dory is an Austin, Texas based artist known for her site-specific urban and rural landscape paintings of Roadside America. After visiting and studying a location, the image emerges through multiple layers of paint that are brushed, wiped, scraped and scored. Ink, fabric and other materials may also be incorporated into the final composition. She is an artist focused on capturing the feelings and emotions of physical locations.Often her work is the result of requests received to produce commissioned paintings. As Rachel states, “It is always an honor to be trusted to paint a location that holds deep meaning for someone. Creating custom work is always a unique experience, and the process is rewarding and exciting.I approach every commissioned painting as collaboration. I listen closely during conversations to understand what is important about the subject I am painting, and how to incorporate the emotions and memories into the composition. I travel to locations, and work from photographs provided to me, but the location does not necessarily have to be readily accessible. Some locations exist only in memories, and I can work from what is remembered or what the client has available in order to recreate the place.” Rachel’s goal is ultimately to capture the feeling that the special place evokes, whether it is is the farm where you grew up or the cafe where you met that special someone. To see more of Rachel’s art visit racheldory.com.

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Best Fiesta Spirit

Liz Leathurbury, Bird & Pear

After years in retail and merchandising, Liz Leathurbury started Bird and Pear in her dining room after looking all over creation for cheerful, quality, handmade gifts and home accessories that reflected the South Texas aesthetic that made her smile. But she realized that we all live in reality. “Things can’t be too dear to us. Purses really get used to carry stuff. Pillows are used for lounging. The dog sleeps on the sofa! It’s got to be cute, colorful and most importantly, hold up. Mexican Dresses were the answer! I grew up wearing these easy, cool, 100% cotton, super colorful dresses. There was a different one for every Summer and beach vacations where you wore a different one every day were the best! The colors are never dull. The flowers simply make any day more delightful and the little extra flourishes like the butterflies, birds and bows unique to each stitcher are so very fun. I adore the images and sun soaked colors of Mexico and kooky, quirky displays that contain the unexpected.” Visit thebirdandpear.com to see more of the fun that Liz creates.

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Best Booth Display

Barbara Warren, B Warren Designs

Barbara Warren a native of San Antonio and has been designing and making jewelry for 12 years.What started out as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession or as she sometimes says “her night job.”During the day she works as a speech pathologist in private practice in San Antonio.Barbara is married and has three adult children and one darling grandson. She is a self taught studio jeweler who began by taking classes at local bead stores to learn the basic skills. Over the years she has continued to take classes to hone her metal smithing skills.

Barbara designs jewelry with the belief that simplicity can make a statement., creating pieces that are handcrafted from high quality materials with great attention to detail. She uses a variety of materials including semi precious gem stones, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, and vintage beads. Most designs include sterling silver, vermeil, or 14 karat gold filled metals.

For her, the process of creating is every bit as exciting as the finished product.She finds that every now and then she will make something that’s not quite what she envisioned and then will spend an excessive amount of time taking a piece of jewelry apart or replacing a stone that isn’t quite right.This tends to drive her husband crazy! “Just leave it, I’m sure someone will love it.” But for Barbara, that is the problem, she has to love it and want to wear it herself!Her hope is that customers love the jewelry they purchase as much as she enjoys the making of it.Barbara states “I am grateful for all of my customers and their continued support over the years.Participating in the King William Fair is always a highlight of my year! Thank you for letting me be a part of it.”

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Honorable Mentions

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Jerry Locke, Walls That Rock

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Shawn Corder, Get Bent Metal Work
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