Lewes Historical Society to Host Fall Craft Fair on October 5

Pictured is one of Pat’s beautiful pillow images of Frances Richmann, Immediate Past President of The Lewes Historical Society”
Celebrating the works of local fabric artist Pat Staby
 
The Lewes Historical Society is proud to celebrate the works of local fabric artist, Pat Staby, at its Fall Craft Fair on October 5 from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Historic Complex at Second & Shipcarpenter Streets in downtown Lewes.  Admission will be $5.00 per person, children under 12 are free. Proceeds from this event will benefit educational and preservation programs at The Lewes Historical Society.
 
The Lewes Historical Society’s Craft Fairs are well known for the exceptional quality of the craftspeople including new and returning artists from across Delmarva. This year, there will be over 60 talented artisans exhibiting a variety of media ranging from metalwork to woodworking.  In particular, this fair will celebrate the works of local fabric artist, Pat Staby, well-known local fabric artist, previous board member of The Lewes Historical Society, and long-time member of the Society Craft Fair committee.
 
Using colorful fabrics as her “paints” Pat Staby Rogers has developed a style of artwork that is vibrant and unique.  She deftly combines textures and hues that bring to life a world full of whimsy reflecting the time in which she lives.
 
A Delaware resident since 1965, Pat started a small cottage industry that employed up to a dozen women producing high-end appliquéd waterfowl pillows and quilts that were sold in catalogs and stores throughout the USA and Canada.  Moving from Milford to Lewes in 1989 Pat scaled back and began devoting her time to one-of-a-kind studio designs of the type seen today.  Over the years, Pat's pillows and wall hangings have featured such diverse themes as nighttime cityscapes, snow-clad villages, political satire, nature's glories and pets shopping or having cocktails.  In addition, she has re-purposed old quilts into wearable vests and jackets.  Her work is in private collections around the world.
 
When not creating her own art, Pat pursues her other artistic interests in literature and film.  An avid supporter of her local community, Pat is a member of the Artists' Exchange, Delaware By Hand and the Rehoboth Art League.  She has also served on the Sussex County Arts Council and the board of the Lewes Historical Society as well as the Society's Endowment and Craft Show Committees.  Her other passions include travel, cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends. 
 
With its wealth of historical sites, museums, unique shops, restaurants and pristine beaches, Lewes is an exciting destination for craft buyers and visitors alike. The Historic Complex consists of numerous historic buildings that are open to the public. These museums, surrounded by shade trees and gardens, provide a beautiful backdrop for the Craft Fair. Over 3,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the Lewes Fall Craft Fair this year.  Ample parking is available for both visitors and exhibitors.
 
To celebrate the life and work of our featured artist Pat Staby, children will have the chance to create their very own mixed-media and fabric collages in the style of Staby’s work. Children will learn about the different techniques involved in the creation of Staby’s pillows and will be able to bring home their own collage designs. There will also be a chance for visitors to help create a large-scale piece that will be given to the artist at the end of the event.
 
Enjoy The Lewes Historical Society’s Fall Craft Fair on October 5, as artist Pat Staby is celebrated.  See the work of over 60 fine artisans from Delaware, the Eastern Shore and beyond, bring the kids for fun activities, listen to festive live music by Old & New Bluegrass, and enjoy a nice lunch by Casa Amici. For more information, contact The Lewes Historical Society at 302-645-7670 or visit www.HistoricLewes.org.

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