Artists from across the country are coming to Bethany Beach boardwalk to showcase their skills at the annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 1. Now in its ninth year, the juried fine crafts show pairs its artwork and craftsmanship with a beautiful seascape from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Artists submit an application in the wintertime, and more than 100 craftspeople were accepted to display their work in the June sunshine this year.
“We have artists that come from Florida, from New Hampshire. This is not just a local show,” said Carol Olmstead, Bethany Beach Town Council member and craft show co-founder and organizer. “It’s been extremely successful.
Organized by and benefitting the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee, the craft show has both new and returning artists who specialize in everything from jewelrymaking and woodworking to stoneware and painting on glass.
“They’re all individually handcrafted things that people designed and made themselves,” said Olmstead. “More and more crafters are applying each year. Obviously, the word has spread.”
Donna Drew and her husband, Don, have displayed copper sculpture at the show for about five years.
“It’s a good crowd, especially if the weather’s good,” said Drew. “It’s a nice setting. The people who put it on and most of the patrons are very friendly.”
Under the name Copper Creations, the Drews sell items that range in price from $10 to $300 — representative of how the entire show fits all budgets, whether art aficionados are looking for an inexpensive keepsake or a major artistic statement.
“It’s a good show,” said Drew, who travels to Bethany from two hours away in Melfa, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
The Back Bay Strummers banjo group will serenade shoppers from the bandstand during the show. And before or after strolling the boards and perusing the offerings, people can slip into a restaurant or beach shack for food, Olmstead said, to support local business.
“If you like craft shows you’re going to love [this],” said Olmstead, adding that the key to such success is “organization.”