Local artists and shoppers gearing up for yART sale

As Trudy Fox styled Marilyn Denny’s hair at Millville’s Hair Snippery recently, she said, “I’m really looking forward to showing my jewelry at the yART Sale again. You know there’s a change this year: It’ll be two days, both the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.”

Fox has been a hair stylist for 30 years but jewelry-making has been her passion for the last five.

“I had an idea to use glass to make tiles for my kitchen, so I went to a class. My gracious, it was a revelation! When I saw the colors exploding from the fired glass, I was overwhelmed by the beauty. Then, when you add the dimension of silver, all I could think about was earrings and pendants and bracelets… I never did make those tiles!”

Denny, a long-time Ocean View resident who attends the yART show every year with her friend Elaine Hughes, smiled knowingly as she listened to Fox.

“That’s why Trudy called her business Through the Fire,” she said.

The annual yART Sale (art in the yard) is the “little bit” Julie and Nick Kypreos like to do to celebrate the work of selected local artists and artisans and promote a local cause. They open the gates to their home at 33258 Kent Avenue (just south of the Coastal Library and adjacent to Sea Colony) welcoming yART-sale attendees into their circular driveway, where there is room for about 25 display areas.

Unlike other arts and crafts shows, there is no charge for the space, but each vendor is asked to submit a piece of their work to be raffled.

“This, year the proceeds from the raffle are going to the South Coastal Library,” said Julie Kypreos. “The library supports all the arts in so many ways. We thought it was a perfect choice. And many of our artists have told us that their donation this year will be particularly special in recognition of the yART Sale’s extra day.”

Kimberly Sinkford, a regular Bethany Beach visitor said, “The yART Sale is my favorite artsy/crafty event of the year. I like the fact that the setting is compact and intimate, not like those huge events that overwhelm you before you start looking.

“And the best part for me is the free children’s area, where volunteers keep the kids busy being creative and getting their faces painted. Last year, I browsed for about an hour before deciding to treat myself to a gorgeous pendant from Trudy, and my girls hadn’t bothered me once!”

Sinkford added that she has received more compliments on the pendant, with its French vanilla glass intermingled with silver threads, than any other piece she owns.

“I’ve heard Trudy is focusing on aqua and ocean-color pieces this year,” she said. “I can’t wait.” (Her husband, standing nearby, didn’t seem quite as enthusiastic!)

Kypreos comes from an artistic family. Her mom, Lissy Chapman, who lives nearby, recalls having a paint brush in her hand since she was 3 years old. “I’ve been busy for the last few months preparing for the show,” she said. “I love the colors of acrylics. As well as canvas, I paint on dimensional pieces, like old planks of wood or interestingly shaped bottles.”

Chapman’s work is always bright and inviting. “Instead of just passing by, people like to come close to look at the detail and to chat with me. Often they don’t buy at the time but they take my card and call me back with an idea for something personalized, perhaps as a Christmas present.”

Kypreos herself is an accomplished potter, although her work is “on hold” while her children are young. Her standards for participants in the yART Sale are high.

“As well as looking for local people who represent the breadth of the arts, I look for pieces they make that I would enjoy owning myself,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to discover and connect personally with the artists in our community, and to purchase items from a range of price points.”

Examples of yART Sale artists with very different forms of creativity are Gina Argyrou, Jill Thomas and Damon Pla. Argyrou uses stained glass, ceramic shards and marbles to create mosaics for bistro tables, mirrors and murals. Thomas uses pieces of fabric that she treats like brush strokes to create abstract and realistic compositions. Pla works in oils and acrylics to create a range from a small precise portrait to an enormous surreal mural.

Also available at the yART Sale will be photographs, both matted and on greeting cards, scarves and beads, the written word and the sound of music. Indeed Marco Hernandez, musician and co-owner of South Bethany’s fair-trade shop, Made By Hand, will be playing live for everyone’s enjoyment.

The yART Sale will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sept. 4 and 5.