As of May 23, 46 fine artists, crafters and authors plan to attend the 52nd Nescatunga Arts Festival June 2-4 in Alva on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Booth space will be inside Percefull Fieldhouse as well as in the Health and Sports Science Education small gym and just north of Percefull Fieldhouse on the outside lawn.
The festival will kick off Friday, June 2, from 6-10 p.m. Artists and crafters will open for sale, and live entertainment will take place outside just on the south side of Percefull Fieldhouse, weather permitting. The entertainment will move indoors Friday night if it’s raining.
A full-day of festival fun will take place Saturday, June 3, starting with the opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Artist and craft booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and live entertainment will take place inside during this time as well. There will be a small break Saturday from 4-6 p.m. to move the live entertainment outside on the intramural lawn until 10 p.m., weather permitting. It will move inside Percefull Fieldhouse Saturday evening if it’s raining. The last day of the festival is Sunday, June 4, from noon-3 p.m. with arts and crafts booths and live entertainment inside Percefull Fieldhouse. (Visit www.nescatunga.org/blog to see the list of 24 entertainment acts and their bios and additional info about family fun activities, authors attending, Sugar Show entries and more.)
Additional articles will provide information on the six authors planning to attend and those entered into the Sugar Show.
The artists and crafters planning to attend the festival include:
Amber Andersen, Woodward
Entered the categories of Oil and Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphics/Pen & Ink/Pencil and Printmaking. She said her artwork includes somewhat realistic watercolor paintings with an ethereal feel. Her subject matter typically involves flora and fauna with a heavy emphasis on entomology and mycology. She will have prints, stickers and other items available.
Jacob Baker, Broken Arrow
Entered in the fine art category mixed media and will have handmade crystal jewelry and oddities from polished and tumbled crystal and stones. He also will have decorative craft items of hand-wrapped crystal jewelry, mirrors with moss and crystal and hand-wrapped crystal trees and other oddities.
LaGwenda Baker/MeeMaw’s Creations, Anadarko
Entered in crafts categories of decorative items, jewelry, repurposed and other items. She will be bringing decorated horseshoe wall décor, fleece blankets, bird feeders made from repurposed items, handmade bracelets using beads and paracord and possibly handmade fishing lures.
David Billen, Edmond
Entered in fine arts under photography. He’ll be bringing fine art canvas prints, photo prints and framed prints showing the state of Oklahoma. All photos were taken in Oklahoma.
Brittanie Bouldin-Sharp/Crystal Pups & Katt’s Crafts, Fort Supply
Entered in crafts under decorative items, jewelry and other items. She is bringing resin jars, resin ashtrays, assorted earrings (lollipops, fishin’ dogs, holographic and more), necklaces, wire-wrapped bracelets, gem keychains, crystals, spheres, towers and more. She said her items are all very girlly “mush star” themed.
JoDe Bradt, Alva
Entered the fine arts category of fiber arts and will have tufted rugs and other items.
Lora Bromley, Tonganoxie, Kansas
Entered in fine arts designer jewelry again this year. She said her artwork is inspired by cowboy gear and western-style jewelry.
Marsha Campbell and Yusuf Etudaiye, Tulsa
Marsha Campbell is entered in the fine arts categories of oil & acrylics and mixed media. She will have paintings with an emphasis on portraits of endangered cultures. She is a self-taught artist, and her love for making art developed as a gallery owner in Tulsa. Her husband is Yusuf Etudaiye, who is entered in the fine arts categories of pottery and sculpture. Etudaiye has attended the festival for several years and is known for handmade stoneware pottery with Afrocentric designs. He is originally from Okene, Nigeria. He came to the United States when he was 19. He used a scholarship to study art and found his current passion for clay at Oklahoma State University. He draws his inspiration from his African culture and Christian background to create an assortment of unique, functional and abstract forms. He teaches at the Waterworks Art Center in Tulsa. The couple is only able to attend the festival on Saturday.
Yolanda Carmichael, Mannford
Entered in crafts under home goods/accessories. She will be bringing tumblers, car coasters and epoxy crafts.
Angelia Case, Alva
Entered in the fine arts categories of oils and acrylics, graphics, pen & ink, pencil; photography, and will have many items for sale made from her artwork including larger and smaller prints of her original paintings, photography pieces, as well as fun puzzles, postcards and a food platter.
Lorraine Case, Alva
Entered in the fine arts category of fiber arts with an original plastic canvas design of a peacock that is mounted on wood and framed. She also has several craft items including crocheted and sewn potholders, crocheted hangers, jar openers, bookmarkers, closet safe, neck coolers, terry cloth teddy bears, sock monkeys and other craft items.
Valarie Case, Alva
Entered her photography in the fine arts category as well as mixed media. She has many photographs for sale that have been taken in the Alva, Oklahoma, and northwest Oklahoma area, along with some images from vacation travels. Her mixed media pieces combine paper from junk mail catalogs and magazines and painted strips of paper. She also creates jewelry using paper beads made from junk mail catalogs, magazines, wrapping paper, etc. She combines the paper beads with purchased beads to create unique necklaces and earrings. She also will have glass and metal ornaments painted with alcohol inks.
Jennifer Davis, Ponca City
Entered in Craft Food. She is bringing fermented hot sauce and homemade candies.
Marie Fox, Alva
Entered in fine arts with pieces in graphics/pen & ink/pencil as well as craft items including posters, bookmarks, coloring books, resin goods, key chains and other items.
Lezlie Gilbert, Enid
Entered in crafts and will be bringing various fabric and machine embroidery items including microwave-safe bowl and plate cozies, microwave-safe baked potato bags, clear glass ornaments with cancer/disease/cause awareness ribbons suspended inside, quilts, fold and stitch wreaths, pocket reading pillows, embroidered bookmarks, as well as other miscellaneous items.
Salye Gorrell, Enid
Entered in oil & acrylic, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and graphics/pen & ink/pencil. She paints in all media including woodburning.
Josh Hinton, Pond Creek
Entered in fine arts with oil & acrylic, watercolor and photography. He will have a wide variety of different artwork including landscapes, seascapes, animals and still-life photos.
April Kellman, McCloud
Entered in fine art designer arts & jewelry, as well as craft jewelry from intricately wire-wrapped stone cabochons to create jewelry and other accessories. She creates many different types of items and also takes on custom work.
Warren Little, Alva
Entered in the fine arts categories of oil & acrylic, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, graphics/pen & ink/pencil, photography, sculpture and designer arts & jewelry. He’s a self-taught artist and can’t wait to try something new. He runs the “Old Man” Gallery in downtown Alva. Everyone is welcome to stop in as he’s open when he’s there.
James McCaslin, Yukon
Entered in crafts and will be bringing wooden toy cars, trains, piggy banks, little children’s chairs and birdhouses.
John McGinnis, Alva
Entered in sculpture and works with copper, embossing and tooling. Originally from Philadelphia, he moved to Alva with his wife Tamre in 2006. He began losing his sight around 2019 and officially retired in 2021. He is now legally blind. As a retired veteran, he worked with the VA Vision Center in Wichita to attend the blind Rehabilitation Center in Waco, Texas for a five-week course in 2022. Having never had a hobby, he became interested in the copper tooling course they taught there making several pieces while there and now doing the relaxing work at home.
Jennifer McMillan, Norman
Entered in Craft Food and will be bringing freeze-dried candy.
Bonnie Merkerison/Brooklyn’s Breath Life Scents, Woodward
Entered in crafts and will be bringing tumblers, freshies, bath bombs and body care items.
Amanda Metcalf, Enid
Entered in all three categories of the festival – fine arts, crafts and the Sugar Show. In fine arts she will display oil & acrylics, graphics/pen & ink/pencil and photography. In crafts she will have paintings on wood and glass frames. In the Sugar Show, she will be entered in the Aspiring Sugar Art division with cupcakes.
Dianna Morgan, Alva
Entered in the fine arts category of graphics/pen & ink/pencil as well as crafts with ceramics/glass, decorative items and home goods/accessories. She plans to have terra aesthetics, garden ceramics, native plants and stained glass.
Lauri Paine, Pryor
Entered in Craft Foods and is bringing homemade fudge.
Cindy Payton, Waynoka
Entered in the craft categories of decorative items, repurposed, home goods/accessories, other and will be bringing repurposed vintage frames made into magnet boards of all sizes using quality products and fine furniture finishes.
Tiffany Poulson, Vici
Entered in Craft Food and is bringing freeze-dried candy.
Elliott and Isabella Ridgway, Tulsa
Elliott grew up in Alva and is entered in mixed media with his video game creations. His booth will be set up to allow people to play the games. He also will be selling a recently published book titled "Randall Turner's Infinite Summer Vacation," a young-adult science fiction novel. Isabella is entered in the fine arts categories of fiber arts and also will have soft toy crafts and decorative items bringing crocheted and knitted items for sale.
Mary Riegel, Alva
Entered in the craft categories of decorative items and home goods/accessories. She will be bringing crocheted and sewn items for the home including quilts, hotpads, scrubbies, reusable water balloons and more.
Kristy San Soucie, Hardnter, Kansas
Entered in both fine arts with watercolors and pastels. She also will have jewelry in the homemade crafts area and coloring books as an author. She will have portraits of people and animals, landscapes, handmade necklaces and earrings including faux leather earrings and lampwork bead pendants.
Faith Sears/Davis, Lawton
Entered in the fine arts categories of oil & acrylics, watercolor and mixed media. She enjoys exploring human emotion and experience through the human figure and environment. She often employs expressive lines, abstract and surrealistic settings, and postmodern techniques such as collage and recycling of past images or styles. She enjoys working wet-on-wet in watercolor and alla prima in oil painting, layering paint on already previous layers of wet paint. She also glazes acrylic over black-and-white images and paints thick layers of acrylic over thin layers.
Darlene Shank, Buhler, Kansas
Entered in crafts and bringing fabric craft dolls, butt potts and solar lights.
Savannah Smith, Waynoka
Entered in the Craft Food category and will be bringing homemade decorated sugar cookies, a variety of drop cookies including chocolate chip, M&M, brownie, oatmeal raisin, etc., and Paint Your Own cookies. She also has entered the Sugar Show as a professional in the cookies division.
Tony Trammel, Moore
Entered in the fine arts category of oils & acrylics. He will have science fiction and fantasy original artwork and acrylics on canvas.
Vanessa Velasco Escobar/The Alpaca Store, Oklahoma City
Entered in the craft area of clothing, soft toys and other items.
Kellie Walker, Drummond
Entered in the fine arts area of oil & acrylics and fiber arts as well as the craft area of home goods/accessories and will be bringing handmade rope bowls and more.
Student Entries in Fine Arts and Crafts
Two students are entered in the fine art category and two are entered in crafts.
Fine Arts student entries include Mariah Thompson of Alva and students from South Barber Public Schools in Kiowa, Kansas, where San Soucie is their teacher.
Thompson is entered in the fine arts categories of oil & acrylics, pastels and graphics/pen & ink/pencil. Her artwork is abstract with emotion indicating that it holds a deep meaning to each. She likes to put her feelings into her work. She will have several paintings, pastels, charcoal and pencil drawings.
The South Barber students plan to display fine arts items in the categories of oil & acrylics, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, printmaking and sculpture. The artwork will include paintings, drawings, paper mache and sculpture.
The two students who entered in crafts are Ezriah Call of Wichita, Kansas, and Chloe Lehr of Alva.
Call is entered in decorative items, jewelry and home goods/accessories and will be bringing wood, acrylic and resin jewelry, custom home décor and drinkware, handmade signs and custom slate coasters.
Lehr is entered in crafts and will be bringing painted door and wall signs, textured art, ornaments, felt coasters and more. She also is entered as a student in the Sugar Show with an edible cake and cupcakes.