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Stephanie Terwilliger displays her various artistic creations Sunday, including mixed media pieces, jewelry, hand-sewn purses and knitted and crocheted items.

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Some of Stephanie Terwilliger's small, hand-sewn purses and bracelets made from antique buttons.

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Garlyn Maginnis paints in vibrant colors specifically to "uplift" the viewer and bring joy and cheer.

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Kathryn Bartshct has been painting for 40 years and carving gourds for just a few months.


Third annual March of the Arts acquaints artists with the public and one another

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Updated: 9:07 PM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Sunday, the Arts Factory of Montgomery County held the third annual March of the Arts, bringing in a slate of five artists, all different from last year's selection, to show some of their finest pieces at The Table at Fort Plain.

March of the Arts puts artists in close contact with the public, who are invited to learn more about the artists' motivations and processes, bringing a wide scope of local art to the community at large, also familiarizing artists with their peers.

For instance, Phyllis Duffy said that the event gave her a chance to meet watercolorist Joanne Resch. Duffy stated, "it's always fun to come to these. I see people here I don't see anyplace else and it's just great fun to come and talk to people and meet fellow artists."

Duffy displayed a variety of paintings, including one large room dividing panel, which she recently completed, both sides painted with images evoking a much warmer time of year.

Her inspiration when painting the panel, which took about two weeks to complete and was created specifically so that Duffy could show off some large work without bringing in a piece of painted furniture, she said, was simply, "I'm sick of the winter and I was thinking of how nice it'd be to be outside."

Another of Duffy's paintings depicted a Fort Plain Street Fair parade scene from long ago. "I remember parades we used to go to here," said Duffy, continuing, "they were an all-day affair."

The parade scene contained buildings replicated from an old photo, with the people marching in it and watching from the side of the road generated from her memories, including faceless performers, clowns and spectators. Though faceless, the details in Duffy's paintings -- from the outfits to the poses -- bring each unique character to life.

Stephanie Terwilliger showed a variety of art at the event, including small, hand-sewn purses, jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, painted rocks and complimentary mixed media creations.

Terwilliger said, "I like reusing materials," pointing out that recycling, or up-cycling, is one of her largest goals in creating art. She noted that she reuses broken jewelry to make new pieces, often employing antique buttons that her grandmother, who Terwilliger was very close to, left her. Since Terwilliger and her grandmother were close, she said that using the materials her grandmother left, developing their shared interests, promotes a continued connection.

Her grandmother, she said, is tied into many of her pieces in a very natural way, as  she taught her to knit and crochet, which she started doing in the fourth grade, working to hone her skills ever since.

"I think she'd be really happy to see where Im at," said Terwilliger, noting some complicated stitching, such as a butterfly and starfish knit, on some of the wearable pieces she created.

"I think it's a real honor to be out here and show my pieces," said Terwilliger.

Garlyn Maginnis displayed a variety of works, from realistic paintings, to painted furniture, to free-form paintings, all done in stunning, sharp color.

"I like to work with vibrant color and playful images," Maginnis explained, stating that she loves the "brightness and cheer," that a colored piece can provide its viewer, who she intends to uplift with her work.

Maginnis explained that although she's been creating art her entire life, she found her own style through continually practicing, realizing that "whimsical freeform" was what most attracted and satisfied her.

Kathryn Bartshct only started working with gourds a couple months ago, although she's been painting for 40 years. On display at her table were numerous paintings and a massive selection of gourds that had been turned into bird feeders, lamps and decorative items.

Bartshct said that to create her complicated pieces, she orders the Gourds from California, then sands them, next wood burning and carving them with a drill bit using a stippling technique. Gold leafing was also applied to some of the pieces, lending them a regal quality.

The money raised during the event will go toward the Arts Factory of Montgomery County's mission statement goal, to "organize and promote area artists, artisans and art-venue services. Its goal is to stimulate cultural opportunities for the residents of and visitors to the western Montgomery County area."

Joshua Thomas - A carved, painted gourd by Kathryn Bartshct.

Joshua Thomas - Phyllis Duffy shows a room-dividing panel she painted with the goal of depicting a warm-weather scene.

Joshua Thomas - This painting by Phyllis Duffy depicts an old Fort Plain Street Fair.

Joshua Thomas - John Resch provides music Sunday.

Joshua Thomas - Watercolorist Joanne Resch (left) speaks with March of the Arts attendees.


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