The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Sept. 7 at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania.
The festival, one of the largest one-day events in the country will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This year, 180 juried arts and craft artisans will be on hand, including:
• Rod Graffis, from Curtice, who does indoor and outdoor garden metal art.
• Julie Shine Webster, from East Toledo, who has porcelain pottery.
• Rebecca Booth, from Genoa, featuring glass jewelry.
• Lynn Hanely, from Millbury, with her hand-painted Christmas ornaments, pins, hand-stitched sweatshirts and decorations.
• Tina Perrin, of Wheeling Street, Toledo, with knit and crochet hats, scarves and jewelry.
• Susan Julio Santana, of Walbridge, with country wood items.
• Margy Westrick, of Oregon, featuring hand-woven towels and rugs, etc.
• Karen Wilhelm, of Curtice, with fused glass jewelry.
Artisans come from all over the country for the popular annual festival. Among the mediums available to see and purchase are art, glass, photography, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, needle arts and wood crafts. The juried festival awards best-of-show winners in the categories of fine arts and crafts.
The festival will also feature regional entertainment, a concession area and an expanded children’s area sponsored by the JCC/YMCA and the Sylvania Fire Department.
For many years, the festival was held at Starlite Plaza in Sylvania. The location was moved in 2007 when ownership of the center changed. Organizers say the beautiful location at Lourdes College allows greater mobility throughout the show area and an enhanced art experience for all.
Admission is $2 per person, which supports the Sisters of St. Francis. Free parking and a continuous shuttle is available at Sylvania Northview High School parking lot, Harroun Park and other areas surrounding Lourdes College
The Art Festival began in 1957 and has been the major funding source for the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce.