“I didn’t even know they offered a prize,” she said. “I thought it was such a nice thing for them to do for the artists, to honor them in such a way for their work.”
Cameron said she wants to publicly thank members of the Jacksonville Arts Council, who sponsored the event, for their decision. She said money and time are involved for the artists who create their work, take it to the square and set it up, and for those on the arts council to reward the artists makes it worthwhile.
Cameron makes felt jewelry and does portraits in graphite and colored pencil. She carried a lot of prints she had drawn of Oxford Lake Saturday and sold many of them.
“Those were really popular,” she said. “People seemed to really like them, probably because of the trees and the lake in the drawings. I did them in pencil.”
Cameron likes to do portraits of pets.
She said anyone wanting portraits or felt jewelry for Mother’s Day can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seclonia Morris and Alpha Buford came in second for their quilts. Rusty and Bobbie Parris won third place for their flower arrangements, homemade soap and jellies.
Honorary awards were presented to Joy Walker for photography, Mike and Susan Proper for knitting and crocheting, Susan Bragg and Celeste Snider for jewelry and wreaths and Cathy Abernathy and David Patty for jewelry, hat bands, finger and inkle loom weaving and native American items.
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. those attending the fair were treated to square dancing and the talent of Cheyenne Hammond, Voice of One and A Quarter Short.
Members of the Jacksonville Arts Council are Zula Hollis, president; Emily Lipscomb, vice president; Constance Sims, secretary; Martha Dobson, treasurer; Klaus Duncan, Fran Byrd and Sydney Long.
Members said that although not quite as many vendors showed up because of the predicted bad weather, they consider it a success and are looking forward to sponsoring it again next year.
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