Beach art brings art in all its forms Fun

OSCODA – Beef, macrame wreaths, crochet, stained glass, sun signs, wooden signs, soap, body lotions, bells, garden towers, cedar bird houses, doll furniture and cards made by special Olympians , don’t even start covering a list of items for sale at Art on the Beach 2022.

Over 52 craftsmen appeared to sell flowers and crochet wreaths, children’s dresses, goat soaps, handmade license plates, cement sheets for your garden, T-shirts, crumbling seagrass hats, all distributed by individual sellers in separate plots of grass on Oscoda Beach Park. This provided cooler air and easier access to the bathrooms.

All of these items can be a good gift for a grandson or family member, said Oscoda / AuSable Chamber board member Gaylynn Brenoel.

“There is a craftsman who makes clothes for dolls that are unusual and unique,” she said. “You’ll find something that just isn’t in a typical retail store.”

The art of the beach is hosted by the Oscoda / AuSable Chamber of Commerce.

Local organizations such as The Oscoda Lions Club, Oscoda Rotary Club, Friends of the Library and Special Olympics appeared at the annual event, helping to set up and host the tables.

There was too much to cover for an event, but a sampler of things are discussed below:

In one of the booths sat Oscar resident Rick Bender. These are flat wooden boards cut out of a pattern, painted and sculpted to form 3-dimensional scenes, which are then framed and hung on the walls.

Bender has been working on board marquetry for over 25 years as a hobby, doing it in his spare time and sometimes taking on a commission, depending on how interesting the job is.

Bender’s craft strategically emphasizes that it is not very perfect in the sense that the cuts are so precise that he has to keep some things in his pieces, otherwise they may look fake. After carving and sculpting the wood, he thinly applies paint to show the wood grain by coloring.

“To let them know it’s wood, not plastic. This is not something made abroad, where they made a mold and sent it. “

In addition, the display of the wood grain complements each piece and makes it unique.

Bender creates his own patterns and decors, experimenting in creating shapes and textures to provide realistic objects and landscapes.

“These are not mountains here, but pyramids, they are piles of earth,” he said, showing a photo of the old way he made mountains when he started in the late 1990s. They were carved like roughly triangular pieces with roughly shaped snow caps.

He then pointed to a newer inlay on the wall, which sold for $ 30. There was a scene on it depicting mountains from a trip he had in Alaska. Instead of having geometric shapes, the snowy peaks in the mountains meandered down the slopes through imaginary rocks. The faces of the mountains had jagged, irregular rock faces carved (with a jigsaw) from the silhouette. “Look, they look like mountains. And that’s what they looked like when I was there. “

Oscoda School Manager Scott Moore and teacher Christy Bergquist sat in a tent representing the Oscoda Rocket Club, which is affiliated with Rotary Oscod. From now until August 14, the audience has a chance to participate in a charity raffle. The closest guess to the height of an altimeter rocket fired that day received a first prize of $ 500.

Sandy Carlson of Barton City manufactures and sells macrame, yarn dream catchers and other soft goods. She also paints hand-customized designs on wood carvings that serve as works of art.

As a health worker who fills out forms all day, she tends to get bored and paint while standing between piles of paper.

“Sometimes my boss comes in, sits with me and we paint together!” She said.

In a small bucket she shelters small plush animals with flexible ears. She makes each with unique eye buttons, different sized ears and sews with different facial expressions.

Some were happy, others frowned, some looked surprised or angry. She said a shipment was scheduled for later in the day from a lady who works with children with autism.

Kate Felix Scheurur is a mixed media artist who began cutting out collage and painting on paper glued to canvas, usually on landscapes involving plant life.

After leaving her job as a political science analyst, she devoted six years of her life to making art with bright colors and solid lines.

Recently, she abandoned the creation of collages, focusing more on writing on figures painted on canvas.

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