Get your holiday shopping done early
The Festival Marketplace is the perfect location to find unique hand-crafted gifts for everyone in your family. Plus, you can meet the artisans face to face and learn more about their artistic process.
The Festival Marketplace will offer festivalgoers the opportunity to purchase the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the surrounding region. It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions.
2023 Juried Festival Marketplace Vendors
Amused Studios (Salisbury, MD)
Amused Studios is a home-based pottery studio specializing in ceramic mugs, coin banks, bottles, bowls, vases, and decorative art works by Robert Johnson and Sarah Halcott. Having won several awards for their Horse Hair and Saggar pots, Amused Studios creates earthy dramatic surfaces that draw the viewer in.
Paul Aspell Pottery (Chestertown, MD)
Paul Aspell’s work combines traditional and sculptural techniques. The clay is pulled and torn and in other ways distorted to reveal an altered surface while elements of the Eastern Shore, such as shells and older brick, are woven into the pieces.These imprints of natural elements in the clay leave a signature and reflect the region’s rich natural history.
Barb’s Country Bee Quilling (Greenbackville, VA)
Using 1/8″ wide strips of paper to make her artwork, Barbara Randall’s quilled paper ornaments, framed art, and decorations are a wonderful display of detailed shapes manipulated by this talented artist.
Bay Fibers Studio (Leonardtown, MD)
Eric Clark Jackson reflects the diversity of Chesapeake and Atlantic wildlife in his hand-waxed and dyed batiks. Each handmade piece balances beauty and biological accuracy, as expressed using traditional Indonesian batik-dye methods on all-natural cotton fabric.
Beach Uniques (Laurel, DE)
Beach Uniques features one-of-a-kind original custom designs in reclaimed lumber and architectural finds, including stunning stained glass, glass on glass mosaics, wall and window hangings, sun catchers, and more by artist Stacey Doney.
BeeGeorge Honey (Oxford, MD)
George Meyer draws on a lifelong passion for bees and beekeeping to bring the sweet taste of the Eastern Shore to market. He and his bees produce pure, local honey from 200 bee colonies in the Oxford-Trappe area of Talbot County. George will offer free tastings and will bring an enclosed observation hive for festival-goers to learn more about beekeeping.
Belle Grove Tea Co (Whaleyville, MD)
Steep your senses in the aromatic essence of tea. Belle Grove Tea Co offers an assortment of hand blended and packaged teas, direct from neighboring Worcester County, MD.
BugZen (Eden, MD)
As a biologist and an artist, Megan Wikander combines her two passions by creating remarkable mosaic artpieces utilizing insects and fossils. BugZen showcases the delicate beauty found in nature with framed insects,fossils, and gemstones.
Counterpoint Studio (Salisbury, MD)
Metalsmith Wanda Jester creates unique nature-inspired metal and watercolor paper jewelry out of her home-based studio in Salisbury. Her jewelry collections are inspired by the birds, sealife, and natural landscapes of the Eastern Shore.
Divine Planet Studio (Sykesville, MD)
Jeweler and sculptor Marghi Barnes creates mixed-media jewelry from glass, beads, wood, and collaged images, often featuring ocean themes. For her sculptural chandeliers, she uses found materials, like Chesapeake Bay driftwood or tree branches
Joan Helena Studios (Olney, MD)
Inspired by the natural beauty and ecology of the Chesapeake and Eastern Shore, Joan Helena Studios creates ceramic stoneware plates, platters, mugs, and bowls with watercolor-style underglaze.
Peter Holden Pottery (Bowie, MD)
High-fired wheel-thrown functional pottery using brown stoneware and white porcelain for the home; artist Peter Holden’s creations are functional yet elegant.
Kostival’s Arts and Antiques (Reading, PA)
Using the wax-resist (batik) method for her Ukrainian folk eggshell art, known as Pysanky, artist Kim Kostival intricately designs colorful patterns onto real eggshells creating beautiful ornaments and carved eggshell jewelry. Kim will also offer chalkware holiday figurines created out of antique candy molds.
Monocacy Forge (Frederick, MD)
Located near the banks of the Monocacy River, artist and blacksmith Stephen Dill crafts an eclectic mix of custom ironwork for homes, businesses, and public spaces. His hammer work is featured on a diverse array of items, from bottle openers to vases, while his larger designs include botanical-inspired sculpture and ornamental yard décor.
Mudboy Guitar Works (Chincoteague Island, VA)
Edward Opiel handcrafts acoustic and electric cigar box guitars, each one a distinctively ornamented instrument. You’ll be amazed at the sounds that can come from these unusual three- and four-string instruments—especially when they are plugged in.
The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore, Inc. (Linthicum, MD)
Painting colorful scenes on woven-wire-mesh-window and door screens has been a tradition in Baltimore’s row house neighborhoods since 1913. These landscapes and contemporary images are functional as well as beautiful: from inside you can see out, but no one can see in. Screen painters and members of the Painted Screen Society, an educational organization whose aim is to preserve this art form, bring this enduring urban folk art tradition to Salisbury in the form of decorative window screens, banners, and a range of objects using woven wire as the canvas.
Marie Parham Collections (Waldorf, MD)
Marie Parham’s artwork is a derivative of her country of origin, the Bahamas, where her culture is displayed through vibrant color and rhythmic music. Her current work consists of canvas paintings reflecting her travels over the years as well as bold vibrant designs hand painted on serving trays and furniture which she calls ‘functional art’.
Secrets of the Universe (Salisbury, MD)
The mother-and-son team of Joan and Michael Devaney create eco-friendly, nature-inspired jewelry that incorporates recycled material from around the world, repurposed into wearable art. Their jewelry features hand-blown borosilicate glass and fused dichroic glass, and utilizes distinctive objects such as porcupine quills, fossilized wooly mammoth ivory, and arrowheads.
Shore Woodcraft (Salisbury, MD)
Using locally-sourced wood from the Eastern Shore, and even wood from his customers’ favorite trees, Kevin Dzimiera specializes in handcrafted bowls, plates, salt and pepper mills, and “live edge” charcuterie and cutting boards.
The Weyward Sisters Soap and Candle Company (Salisbury, MD)
Born and raised on the Eastern Shore, Weyward sisters Beth and Rachel are inspired by natural scents and landscapes to create their vividly-colored candles and soaps. With homey scents in modern designs, their personal care products transport customers to their favorite beachside retreat. Beth and Rachel pay careful attention to detail from creation to packaging, making their products the perfect gift.
Windmill Hill Studios (Bivalve, MD)
Windmill Hill Studio is a family-based guild of jewelry artisans, raised on the banks of the Nanticoke River on the sixth-generation Rencher family farm. While Dorothy Ansell dazzles with her fine silver and reactive glass creations, John Gorney stuns with his stained glass and Venetian-style lampwork beads. Barbara Gorney fuses texture, form, and patina in her metal work, while JoAnne Hoeffner creates original pieces in textured silver and semiprecious stones.
Woven Sculptures and Baskets (Easton, MD)
Heidi Wetzel is an award-winning fiber artist and basket weaver who crafts beautifully constructed woven works, from wall-hangings to wrapped vases. Masterfully incorporated into her work are natural artifacts from the Eastern Shore, such as antlers, shells, seagrasses, and pinecones.