By Jennifer Gallus
Holiday spirit will soon be in the air during the 29th annual Fine Arts Expo, Creative Crafts, and Collectibles Fair, Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school in Howard Lake.
Expo-goers will experience 130 exhibits, ranging from locally- and nationally-known artists and crafters to kettle corn, prizes, and refreshments.
Many exhibitors will demonstrate a variety of techniques, as well as share helpful ideas.
All ages are welcome, and there is no admission fee. The event is sponsored by Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Community Education, and refreshments will be served by local 4-H members.
Artists with displays
The expo crowd can expect to see the following artists:
• Dale Anderson of Litchfield wildlife paintings on canoe paddles.
• Marie Caples of Little Canada detailed original paintings on agate, wood, canvas, petrified wood, round saws, and hand saws.
• Monica Tenhoff of Cokato painted old windows, saw blades, and tables.
• Pat Thielman of Buffalo handmade glass lampworking beads with precious metal wire worked jewelry.
• James Forbord of Brainerd decoys, cribbage boards, bowls, shorebirds, and wood items.
• Merle Berbig of Winsted pencil drawings of old barns, calendars, and note cards.
Crafters from everywhere
Crafters that will be present at this year’s expo are as follows:
• Eldora Stapel of Lester Prairie Barbie and Cabbage Patch clothes, dolls, and quilts.
• Diane Benson of Cosmos appliqué sweatshirts and t-shirts.
• Earl Lenz of Waite Park holiday items, cross stitch, wood shelves, bird feeders, hand crochet rugs, chair pads, placemats, doilies, slippers, scarves, mittens, baby clothes, and afghans.
• LaDonna Wandersee and Amy Nissila of South Haven beaded jewelry, holiday ornaments, crochet tops and towels, quilted toaster, blender and coffee maker covers, table runners, throw blankets, purses, and pet accessories.
• Linda Metcalf of Cokato knitted puppets, holiday socks, and sweaters.
• Earl and LaJune Dibb of St. Cloud scroll sawing wood items, clocks, crosses, states, machine embroidered sweatshirts, dish towels, casserole carriers, checkbook covers, and greeting cards.
• Nora Carlson of Montrose crocheted dolls, doilies, pot holders, baby blankets, and towels.
• Jim and Phyllis Smith of Lester Prairie embroidered adult and kid sweatshirts, t-shirts, caps, and afghans.
• Della Hirsch of Howard Lake filet crochet name doilies of different designs, snowflakes, crosses, bells, and clothespin angels.
• Berdie Keske of South Haven fleece blankets, small wood items, baby blankets, bibs, neck scarves, aprons, hand towels, holiday items, and tree skirts.
• Laurene Herbert of Hutchinson rugs of all sizes, doilies, dishcloths, scrubies, coasters, baby afghans, and towels.
• Leona Foede of Montrose embroidered dish towels, terry cloth dish towels, baby afghans, crocheted doilies, and book marks.
• Ray and Darlene Olsen of Eden Prairie shirts, caps, holiday socks, and tees.
• Bonnie Driver and Florence Marketon of Montrose woodcrafts, blankets, bibs, pillows, table runners, and place mats.
• Erin Judd of Howard Lake quilts, tree skirts, place mats, ponchos, stockings, weighted quilts and vests, and book bags.
• Sharon Schmidt of Darwin wreaths, swags, center pieces, jewelry, rain gauges, steel flowers, steel candle holders, and signs.
• Minda Reinke of Darwin wreaths, ornaments, birdhouses, angels, floral arrangements, and wood shelves.
• Jennifer Larson of Buffalo lighted bottles, decorated bottle bath salts, and holiday decorations.
• Diane R. Ericson of Buffalo outerwear, jackets, coats, knit footwear, knit hats, scarves, and mittens.
• Tony Baumann of Norwood can-man bird feeders.
• Michele, Grace, and Wendy Stueck of Winsted knitted and sewn American Girl doll clothes, microwave cozy, and doll blankets.
• Frances Wentz of Rockford handmade greeting cards, photos, cross stitch, and wood crafts.
• Lester Strohschein of Howard Lake wood items, tools, doll cradles, trucks, wreaths, train sets, shadow boxes, crosses, cattails, wood toys, turkeys, reindeer, postage stamp holder, holiday items, tissue and paper towel holders.
• Janet Lind of Hutchinson crocheted towels, casserole carriers, baby blankets, bibs, curling iron holders, microwave hot pads, and ornaments.
• Teresa Jagodzinski of Howard Lake T-shirts and sweatshirts with iron on transfers.
• Laura Volness of Cokato painted jars, and decorated baskets.
• Ernie Jurek of Silver Lake three dimensional scroll cut wood plaques, and wood lake maps.
• Lesley Barrie of Grove City rugs.
• Wendy Lankki of Cokato yarn from wool spun on the spinning wheel, items knit or made from wool, and spinning demonstration.
• LeRoy and Judy Pokornowski of Hutchinson wood yard art, woven rugs, ceramics, seasonal items, Thanksgiving, and holiday.
• Judy Brovold of Hutchinson clothing appliqué, jackets, sweatshirts, and jumpers.
• Linda Green of Hutchinson holiday arrangements, wreaths, and centerpieces.
• Paula Ergen of Maple Lake handmade goat milk and cream soaps, black walnut bowls, ornaments, wooden nativity ornaments, and trivets.
• Bobbi Kramer of Buffalo soft, fuzzy fleece blankets, beaded bracelets, hooded bath towels, small receiving blankets, and scarves.
• Carol Zander of Howard Lake crocheted items, doilies, towels, afghans, hats, mittens, and scarves.
• Denise Stoll of Hutchinson santa and snowmen out of pavers, holiday mail boxes, wooden snowmen, and lighted holiday trees.
• Terry, Deb, and Marcus Rien of Cold Spring painted and stained furniture, hand-painted signs, plates, plaques, and home décor.
• Barb Sobania of St. Cloud ceramics, decorated wildlife, seasonal, lanterns lighted and decorated.
• Berwyn and Gayle Schmidt of Howard Lake bird feeders, painted wall plaques, stools, trays, oak and pine paper plate holders, pine recipe box, paper towel holders, oak book rack, casserole and napkin holders.
• Judy Peterson and Ruth Olson of Buffalo Lake chairs, snowmen, and rugs.
• Carolyn Haan of Delano floral baskets, wreaths, air freshener bird houses, pine cone snow people, and homemade fishing lures.
• Marie Cummings of Winsted jewelry designer using natural materials.
• Hazel Prins of Dassel wall hangings, holiday and year round, pot holders, oven mitts, jar lamps, bears, and rabbits.
• Anita Duske of Waverly knitting, crochet, counted cross stitch, ornaments, holiday pins, and shoulder wraps.
• Patty Dease of South Haven musical instrument lamps, lip balms, guitars, mandolins, violins, banjos, Patty’s books and CDs.
• Linda Gunderman of Maple Grove handcrafted designer jewelry, art glass and fused beads, necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants, candle holders, and dishes.
• Ronald Suppon of Stacy metal wind spinners.
• Bunnie Runman of Montrose hand-quilted table runners, wall hangings, greeting cards, book beads, wool and felt penny rugs.
• Tami Bangasser of Annandale barn wood frames, and photography.
• Darlene Wendroth of Litchfield baby quilts, small woods, plastic canvas, magnets, crochet crafts, and embroidered towels.
• Lowell and Ruth Ann Rolfzen of Buffalo embroidered, crochet, quilted items, and small wood crafts.
• Jan Bloom of Cokato vintage and out of print books.
• Luaine Rolfzen of Lester Prairie 3D pillows, hand stitched pillows, baby quilts, towels, and towel sets.
• Holly Edwards of South Haven baby diaper wreaths, and animal baby planters.
• Jim Stewart of Delano wood crafts.
• Arlean Kottke of Rogers loomed rag rugs, varied colors and lengths.
• Kimberlee Bluhm of Edina decorative wall boards, holiday decorations, ornaments, lights, candles, wall hangings, children’s cloth books, and fabric chair caddies.
• Debbie Workman of Howard Lake stamped cards, make and take cards.
• Pearl Dale of Buffalo knitted and crocheted items, baby afghans, sweaters, bonnets, booties, crocheted dresses, towels, and dish cloths.
• Bill Schmidt of Buffalo wooden toys, music boxes, and clocks.
• Jack Skrukrud of Kandiyohi, magnetic jewelry, framed poems, and crocheted items.
• Kay Warnke of Hutchinson ornaments, trees, up north items, wreaths with twigs and berries, and wall décor.
• Michelle Mattson and Nicolle Erickson children’s boutique, blankets, aprons, outfits, and bibs.
• Char Kollm of Delano pillows, table runners, baby cakes, bridal cakes, and embroidered items.
• Kelly Adams of Hutchinson hand softening kits, lotions, body wash, sugar scrub, and neck rice pillows.
• Ted Droneck of Waverly sweatshirts and T-shirts with wildlife pictures.
• Randee Ward of Richfield bottle cheese boards.
• Betty Grofkreutz of Litchfield designs and makes handbags.
• Evelyn Mesa of St. Bonifacius jewelry, and picture frames.
• Greg Galler of Mound wood projects, crocheted purses, and scarves.
• Doug Hasz of Alexandria Kettle Korn.