LAKE MILTON – Maria Leng likes to give the scoop on her unique and eclectic works.
“I collect spoons and make pendants, rings and bracelets,” said Leng, of Litchfield, Medina County, who sold a variety of such items from his large tent.
By his estimate, Leng, who runs artist Maria Leng near Medina, has spent 46 years in art shows – the latest of which was the fifth annual Lake Milton Women’s League Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday on the Grandview Avenue beach.
An estimated 105 local, regional and out-of-state artists, artisans and vendors lined up for the six-hour fundraiser, the proceeds of which benefit the women’s league, which has more than 50 members, Donna Longtime member Loomis said.
Crowds of people filled the area on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the mid 70s to select a wide array of handmade and handmade pottery, beach glass, candles, scented soaps, wooden accessories, jewelry , wire baskets, ceramics, dyes. T-shirts and many other products.
Leng purchases her own spoons, teaspoons, and related products as centerpieces for her works, some of which include colorful pendants and bracelets. Many are also the result of research she conducted on several thousand American models.
Additionally, it has parts from Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Norway, Holland and Sweden.
Some of his wares are quite rare, including those from the 1800s, such as an 1886 Assyrian Head ring with floral designs, said Leng, who cited students from nearby Oberlin College as his main inspiration. that she creates rings out of spoons. .
Assisting Leng on Saturday was her husband, Eugene, who set up the displays.
Some people have been known to wear their hearts on their sleeves, although 17-year-old Brienne Shero from Gibsonia, Pennsylvania can be said to wear her feelings on her web.
“A lot of my emotions come out when I paint,” Brienne said of the main source of her work in which she uses a variety of mixed-use mediums including scrap paper, watercolors, gemstones and clay. which constitute a large part of his work. “3-D-ish.”
Brienne, who calls her works abstract expressionism, explained that she often thinks of the figures she paints as “sexless, ageless souls,” some of which are based on dreams she’s had as well as certain life experiences. Other drawings and paintings are taken from songs that inspire her, said Brienne, who was also in the Pittsburgh Savoyards Theater Co.’s production of “Pirates of Penzance.”
“My daughter is very eclectic, creative and a free spirit,” added Brienne’s mother, Sarah Shero. “His work is like his diary to me – all very personal.”
Sarah Shero’s late father, who lived in Lake Milton, encouraged Brienne to follow her artistic passions and exercise her creativity, Sarah recalls.
Cortland’s Erik Reid, who runs Brass Monkey EDC, sold everything from tumbler handles to fake military-style hand grenades to survival bracelets using rubber bands and brightly colored parachute cords.
“That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 12 years,” said Reid, who also had for sale many charms of such materials for children that they could personalize or add their favorite characters to.
Reid’s work, which he says began as an “accidental blessing,” initially consisted of items he made for his family members during the Christmas holidays. Then it morphed into the creation of many military-style pieces such as survival bracelets and fake hand grenades attached to 16-inch lanyards that can be hung from motorcycles or used as short dog leashes.
Making such works of art is also therapeutic for Reid, and reflects the fact that his wife (he didn’t want her name used) served in the United States Navy, he explained. Naturally, it also requires a commitment to patience, Reid said.
“It’s a lot of time and braiding and knots,” he added.
Also on Saturday’s show is Amy Rigby, who runs the Rebel Rescue Ranch near central Berlin, which takes in “unwanted domestic and exotic pets.” These include pigs, chickens, goats, lizards, rabbits and birds.
The art exhibit also included activities for children, and Rigby added his own artistic talents by offering them face painting.