Artisans Fair set for Memorial Day weekend


The sixth annual AARP Artisans Fair will be held Memorial Day weekend at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, two miles west of Coastal Highway on Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coastal Point • Submitted: These necklaces by Marcia Cupschalk shows the ancient art of Japanese braidmaking, used for Samurai armor.Coastal Point • Submitted
These necklaces by Marcia Cupschalk shows the ancient art of Japanese braidmaking, used for Samurai armor.

Proceeds from the fair, which is sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, provide scholarships for area high school students and for adults looking to continue their education.

Fair organizers said the purpose of the fair is threefold.

“We want to achieve three things with this event,” said Chairperson Ione Phillips. “First, we want to provide a showcase for talented artisans from the area. Second, we want to support our young people, because we understand they represent the future of our area and the nation. And third, we want to support adults who find the need for more education in order to compete in this challenging job market.”

Many local artists will be featured, some of whom are seasoned and have lifetimes of experience and some of whom are brand new to the trade.

Myrna McGrath has been painting for more than 30 years, and she said she is looking forward to another AARP Artisans Fair for both the networking opportunities and the camaraderie.

“I enjoy it,” said McGrath. “I love meeting the people, and I love meeting the other artists and craftsmen, too.”

McGarth said she owned an art gallery in the 1970s and has been painting for a living since the 1980s. She got her first break by illustrating a map of the Chesapeake Bay with different scenes.

“My friend was reading a book and asked me if there was a map of the Chesapeake depicting all the different things of the area, and I couldn’t find one, so I made one.”

Her illustrations include such things as the Native Americans coming down the bay, geese, ponies at Chincoteague and lighthouses.

McGrath’s maps and other works can be seen and purchased online, in addition to at the fair on May 25.

In addition to McGrath, about 60 exhibitors will be showing off and selling their artwork. Also, many of the chapter’s members provide home-baked goods for sale at the event.

Admission is free, and parking is also available for free at the school. For more information, contact Marilyn Appel at (302) 829-8546 or mappel@mchsi.com.