Craft Guild of Nevada County hosts long-running Winterfaire |

Craft Guild of Nevada County hosts long-running Winterfaire

Shoppers looking to get an early start on holiday gift buying will have a treat in store at the 28th Annual Winterfaire presented by the Craft Guild of Nevada County.

Locally made, hand-crafted items ranging from textiles to jewelry and ceramics to metal sculpture will be offered by more than 45 juried artisans.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to find a variety of unique gifts in one location,” said Shirley Williams, Winterfaire organizer. “We have so many wonderful crafters with unique items.”

The guild is a nonprofit community service organization. With proceeds from this event, it offers two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who want to pursue a career in the arts. Over the years, donations have also been made to local charitable groups such as Interfaith Food Ministry and the senior center. In addition, guild members provide monthly tray favors for several local senior care facilities as well as holiday gifts for the residents at Christmas.

Local artist Rich Irwin will be showing this year. Irwin has been a professional artist since 1965. He owned a small furniture store in Roseville and started painting pictures to go with various elements of home decor, but soon found that painting wasn’t his real talent. Three-dimensional metal sculpture was his forte and he embarked on a successful 40-year career with his wife Sue as business partner.

Although retired and settled in Grass Valley, Irwin still makes unique and wonderful pieces in his smaller workshop. He is ready for Winterfaire with Victorian houses, elaborately decorated bird houses and smaller dragonflies and roses for the garden.

Another local artisan, Margie Brown, has been making dolls since the mid-1970s. She pours the porcelain into molds for heads, arms, legs and bodies, then lets it set until the piece comes out of the mold easily. She cleans the molded doll parts and fires them in one of her kilns.

Each porcelain doll is assembled, faces hand painted and painstaking attention paid to all the details that make each one an individual. After wigs and clothing are added, they become a doll collector’s dream. In addition to making new dolls and custom orders for collectors, Brown also does doll repair work.

In addition to the artisans, there will be free, fun activities for children, an expanded food menu including delicious baked goods and door prizes.

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