Caldwell celebrates creativity with Art on the Square festival
CALDWELL, Ohio — The weather was hot, the skies clear and the vendors highly talented as “Art on the Square” was held this weekend on the Noble County Court House Square in Caldwell for the 42nd straight year.
On Saturday and Sunday, 52 vendors showcased painting, drawing, woodworking, ceramics, sculpture, sewing, jewelry, quilting, tie-dyed shirts and other talents. The arts and crafts festival also offered art activities, face painting and food.
Judges determined winners for 13 awards totaling $1,300 in prize money. Awards were presented for fine arts, best display and overall use of materials among other categories.
Festivals such as Art on the Square give talented artists and craftspeople a venue to showcase their work, nurture their passion for what they do and to promote and encourage their freedom of creativity, organizers said.
Art on the Square was started 42 years ago by Caldwell High School art teacher William R. Saling. He and his wife Beth managed the festival for many years.
Since Saling’s passing, artist Joyce Fogle has managed the festival for the past seven years. She participated in the very first Art on the Square 42 years ago as a Caldwell High School senior.
“At that first festival I sold macrame necklaces,” said Fogle. “William Saling was my high school art teacher and the torch to continue the festival was passed to me.”
Art on the Square benefits the Noble County Arts & Crafts Guild artisans. The money from the booths goes toward awards and advertising.
Watercolor artist Denise “Nin” Schafer was also an art student of Saling in high school and was classmates and best friends with Fogle.
“My high school art teacher woke me up to art, painting and being creative,” said Schafer. “We spent as much time as we could in art class.”
Schafer is a retired teacher who likes to paint country themes in watercolors. She started painting in high school and continues studying the art of watercolor.
“Joyce and I are retired now and we enjoy painting together. I feel like I have time now,” said Schafer. “I spend a lot of time painting, but it’s nice to get out and see everyone.”
It was the first time at Art on the Square for another retired teacher, Linda Rostedt, who taught for 30 years for Gallia Local Schools. She makes rings, necklaces, bracelets, windmills and other creative items of out of coins and silverware.
The name of Rostedt’s company is “LooseChange” which she explained was because she would take all of her husband’s loose change and make things out of it.
“This is my fifth year creating these items,” said Rostedt. “After coins, I went to spoons, forks and knives.”
She solders, drills, cuts, pounds and whatever it takes to get the art piece created. Every item is one-of-a-kind.
“If I can dream it, I can make it,” said Rostedt. “I enjoy what I do.”
Chris Knight, of Cumberland, Ohio, has been painting for over 50 years. Her specialty is painting on saws.
“Growing up, there were 11 kids in my family,” said Knight. “My mother taught us how to draw when we were little. It progressed from there. It’s really comforting to paint. I enjoy it.
“Art on the Square is a great show,” added Knight, who has attended the show for many years. “Joyce has really been wonderful managing this.”
It was Knight’s sister Kathy Dulaney of McConnelsville’s first year at the show. She has her own artistic style utilizing ink on synthetic paper.
“It kind of spins around and does it’s own thing,” said Dulaney. “You can manipulate it a little, but you need to know how to work with it.”
Dulaney said she likes that style of painting because the colors are so vibrant and the ink doesn’t soak into the paper.
“I can’t stop painting. I love doing this,” said Dulaney. “An idea comes to me and I let it flow.”
Under a large shade tree, woodcarver Perl Totman, of Belpre, sat in a lawn chair carving a hot oven rack push/pull.
“I thought I’d come up here and enjoy the day,” said Totman. “I’m demonstrating how to carve some things out of scraps.”
Totman is the carver that has created works of art out of the tree stumps caused by storms in East Muskingum Park in Marietta. He is actually now carving on another stump in the park.
Martin & Son’s Metal Yard Art is a company started by Lisa Martin and her son Jeff Martin of Lewisville. They weld and create lawn sculptures in shapes of flowers, deer, birds and others out of horse shoes, old tools, car parts and just about anything.
“This was meant to be a hobby. We started with the Art Center in Woodsfield and then it started getting crazy,” said Lisa. “We’re taking something old, tearing it apart and making something else out of it. We’re always thinking of new ideas to create. I like this. I really enjoy it.”
Jackie Adamik, of Senecaville, attended Saturday with her daughter Robin Adamik and her grandson, Jacob Adamik, 7, both of Columbus.
“We come most years to this,” said Robin. “I live in Columbus now, but came back for the weekend.”
Jackie said they were enjoying the afternoon, checking it all out and seeing what the vendors had to offer.
* George Marquis Memorial Award (Overall Fine Arts Painting): Kathy Dulaney
* 1st Fine Arts: Min Schafer
* 2nd Fine Arts: Chris Knight
* 3rd Fine Arts: Edward Hutchins
Outstanding Award in Crafts
* Overall: Magic Baskets
* 1st Crafts: Lisa Martin
* 2nd: Jim Leeper
* 3rd: Carol Bridwell
Anything: Chad DeVaughn
Most Creative Use of Materials: Linda Rostedt
Most Creative Overall Display: Ingrid Baumann