The 13th Fearrington Folk Art Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the big Barn at Fearrington Village
Gilda McDaniel, who coordinates the annual show with Kerstin Lindgren, has been involved since it began.
“We started out looking for something fun to have in the middle of February,” she said. “And it has turned into one of the preeminent folk art shows in the country these days. We have been lucky to hit upon some really good people.”
Fearrington does not charge a booth fee or a commission, so the artists retain all the proceeds from their sales. Featured artwork will include paintings, fantastical robots, sculptures, pottery and more.
There are 40 artists this year, some like Bynum’s Clyde Jones well known; others, less so. In addition to Jones, the show will feature work by artists Stephanie Astalos Jones, Chris Beck, Mr. B, Athlone Clark, Josh Coté, Maurice Cook, Fleetwood Covington, Theresa Disney, Danny Doughty, Brian Dowdall, Mike Esslinger, Jeanne Flint, Riley Foster, Theresa Gloster, Jackie Haliburton, Cap Man, Chris “Chub”, Hubbard, Virgil Johnson, Mike Jones, Crystal King, Tim and Lisa Kluttz, Amy Lansburg, Eric Legge, Peter Loose, Jackie MacLeod, Jennifer May, Mark May, Chris Milk, Missionary Mary Proctor, Mama Girl, Sarah Rakes, Richard Roebuck, Cher Shaffer, Gabriel Shaffer, John Sperry, Trés Taylor, Miz Thang, Ab The Flag Man, Brian Mergenthaler, and Dover Pottery.
“I have been so lucky to be surrounded this art,” McDaniel said. “It is so approachable, friendly, and often so happy and whimsical.”
It also covers every medium imaginable and perhaps some unimaginable. Folk art is known for using non-traditional art supplies, for example, roofing tin.
“It is very free-spirited,” McDaniel said. Much like the artists who will be on hand to talk about their work.
“What is fun is getting to know the artists,” McDaniel said. “You can look at this art in a gallery or in someone’s home, but meeting the person who made it makes all the difference in bringing it to life.”