International Bluegrass Music Festivial

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Artists & Vendors 2016

Thanks to Shop Local Raleigh, Got to be NC, and Artsplosure, almost 100 vendors will be selling their unique wares as part of Wide Open Bluegrass! The festival's Got to be NC area showcases unique food and agricultural products from throughout the state, from barbecue and sweet potatoes to ice cream, candy, honey, and even soap.


Shop Local Raleigh promotes and supports locally owned, independent businesses, featuring products from locally ground coffee to locally made art.


And the WOB Art Market is an intimate juried showcase designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic arts community, in addition to featuring unique artisans from across the United States.


NOTE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY: PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass encourages anyone to apply to be part of this event. If you need any additional information or have a question about accessibility at Wide Open Bluegrass, please contact Jamie Katz Court by e-mail at or by phone at 919-664-8333 x103.


Wide Open Bluegrass Art Market 2016


Rae Brown
A Bit Off Center
Winterville, NC
Medium: Clay
A collaborative effort between Julie Rogers and Rae Brown. We make functional, handcrafted pottery from white stoneware that is suitable for use in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven. 
Ann Akland
Ann Akland Pottery
Knightdale, NC
Medium: Clay
Functional, decorative and sculptural pottery.  My real love is making pottery that reflects my farm heritage. This includes country characters, animals, and the rustic buildings of stone and weathered wood.
Dana Minette
Dana Minette Studios
Bryson City, NC
Medium: Glass
Stained glass in the copper foil method. I create sun catchers, night lights, lamps and 3-D items. Some of my themes include instruments, birds, wildlife, beach and mountains. 
Sherry Pechacek 
Lotus Petale
Statesville, NC
Medium: Glass
Glass mosaic windows and frames - privacy screens and beautiful light catchers. Made with repurposed window and frames, vintage crystal and glass, as well as hand-printed marble tiles with artwork designed using vintage artwork. 
Lauren Lovejoy
River Swirl Creations
Wendell, NC
Medium: Glass
Recycled glass mosaics framed in our handmade barn wood frames.
Alessandro Cagiati
Vicious Circle Studios
New Bern, NC
Medium: Clay
Wheel thrown, hand glazed, food grade functional art.
Angie Strickland
Wendell, NC
Medium: Glass
Each piece of my work is uniquely different. I personally tear down old farmhouses and use the boards and windows as part of my art. I combine vintage bottles with boards, glass frames and various other vintage fixtures to create unique art hangings.



Bob Batura
Cutting Edge Woodworks
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Wood
Contemporary wood furniture and home accents from locally harvested trees.
Bruce Rosen
Mountain Wood Design
Millers Creek, NC
Medium: Wood
Original furnishing designs for the home from a variety of fine hardwoods. I employ traditional joinery techniques and use both hand and power tools. Every piece receives a multi-step, hand-rubbed finish. 
Eric Hanan
Graham, NC
Medium: Wood
Carved, end grain vessels featuring shell and/or mineral inlays and abstract sculpture.
Mark Watts
EZ Hang Chairs
Fletcher, NC
Medium: Wood
Steam-bent hanging chairs.
Keith Hartman
Quality Woodcrafts
Clayton, NC
Medium: Wood
Hand-made educational wood toys puzzles games I design, lay out, cut, sand, paint, stain, and assemble by hand.

Annette Winstead
North Ridge Shoe and Luggage Repair Inc.
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Leather
Custom crafted leather belts, wallets, guitar straps, jewelry, cowhide rugs, purses, bracelets and more.
Gabriel Rodriguez
Mexica Crafts
Woodstock, NY
Medium: Leather
Fun handmade leather mocs and purses. Constantly inventing new designs. Unique, useful and well constructed. Soles cut, mounted, and sewn by hand. Many colors. Buffalo and cowhide. Attention to details, comfort, function and beauty.
Cynthia Mollenkopf
Cary, NC
Medium: Fiber
Hand felted wool artworks and wearables including scarves, purses, hats, wall hangings, vessels and sculptures. I primarily use a wet felting process in which I layer and blend wool fibers and wet, rub and roll into 2D and 3D objects.
Amy Barnard
The Wayward Stitch
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Fiber
I handmake each of my bags from recycled vinyl, and embellish them with vintage buttons, buckles and stitching. Each handbag is one of a kind and no assistants are used in the process.
Noelia Torres
Bixi Awotar
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Leather
Handmade leather handbag and accessories

Dolores Fawkes
Camerton Enterprises
Ruther Glen, VA
Medium: Jewelry
Hand-constructed sterling silver and 18kt gold. Set with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls.
Betty McKim
Betty McKim Jewelry
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Jewelry
My jewelry is about structure and shapes with movement. Textural surfaces embellish the forms and give each piece a unique quality. 
Ann Finley
Ann Finley Jewelry
Decatur, GA
Medium: Jewelry
Enamel designs made by sifting, fusing glass beads, applying stringers, sgriffito, and inlay. The enamel gemstones are bezel set in blackened or polished sterling silver. 
Suzanne Love
Suzanne Love Jewelry
Raleigh, NC
I hand make earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets by cutting and shaping copper and sterling silver. They are enameled by kiln and/or torch firing. Pieces are accented with semi precious stones, sterling silver settings and sterling handmade chains and ear wires.
Leigh Griffin
Ara Leigh Studios
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Jewelry
Sea glass, beach pebbles, and semi-precious stones are hand-set in silver to create unique necklaces, rings and earrings.
Jennifer Casterline
New World Glass
Mountain Top, PA
Medium: Jewelry
Flameworked & kiln-worked glass incorporating metalwork, inspired by nature, folklore, & music.
Kiona Elliot
Lucky Accessories
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Jewelry
Handmade jewelry, using a variety of techniques including metal-smithing, soldering, bead and wirework & enameling. The materials include metals, pennies, vintage wallpaper, glass, pearls and laminate samples. 
Jon Pitts
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Jewelry
I cut and assemble tiny mosaics out of wood that I use to embellish jewelry and accessories. 80% of the materials I use in my designs come from discarded instruments, skateboards, furniture, etc. 
Tamara Buettner
Twisted Bliss Designs
Pittsboro, NC
Medium: Jewelry
A husband and wife team, handcrafting sterling silver jewelry that is inspired by nature and created to highlight the beauty of natural stones. We use cold fusion techniques to hand coil, weave and wrap 9 gauges of silver wire into pendants, earrings and rings

Stuart Madey
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Painting
Oil paintings of musicians. All paintings are on canvas or wood panels. I try to capture not only the act of playing but also the contemplative, introspective nature of the subject.
Eric Sweet
Cary, NC
Medium: Painting
I paint wildlife in watercolor and oil paint in both an impressionistic and realistic manner that is representative of the animal spirit.
Liz Bradford
OXHIP Studio
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Painting
My work details the natural world around me. I find endless inspiration in the backyard birds and critters around my Raleigh, NC home. Most paintings are oil on panel, but I also sometimes branch out to watercolor and pen and ink.
Keith Norval
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Painting
Pop art inspired oil paintings and prints.
Ken Vrana
Ken Vrana Art
Cary, NC
Medium: Painting
Oil and acrylic paintings on wood panel or canvas depicting landscapes, life scenes and whimsical compositions from the personality of the artist. Many unique painting techniques and styles are combined. 
Jenn Hales
Jenn Hales - Art & Illustration
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Painting
Acrylic paintings on birch panels created by layering multiple translucent washes. My work portrays animals and young women finding humor and strength in their situations.
Gwen Redfern
Raleigh, NC
Oil and watercolor abstract paintings.

Dave Lineback
Winston-Salem, NC
Medium: Photography
Fine art photography as matted and framed prints. Most images are from in and around North Carolina.
Lorri Honeycutt
Big World Photo
Austin, TX
Medium: Photography
Humorous macro photos created with small handmade and collectible figures. All are raw shots - NO PHOTOSHOP. Archival processes and materials, limited in print and all created by me.
Heather Love
Heather Love Photography
Greenville, SC
Medium: Photography
Black/white and sepia photography, matted/framed or printed on canvas. Frames are handmade and mats/glass are custom cut by a local framemaker. Images are digital but true to traditional technique. No adjustments are made that could not be recreated in a darkroom.
Barry Udis
Chapel Hill, NC
Medium: Photography
My photography encompasses many aspect of our world, including landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and abstracts. I am interested in finding an especial moment in time that captures the place or action.

Lorie Malone
Re-Created / Black Owl Guitars
Hillsborough, NC
Medium: Mixed Media
Handbags made from vintage materials such as antique feed sacks and recycled materials. Musical instruments made from vintage reclaimed cigar boxes, license plates, tobacco sticks and other items.
Amy Friend
Amy Draws
Raleigh, NC
Medium: Mixed Media
Mixed media drawings on wood and embroidered silkscreen prints, pillows and bags. Illustrated with birds, my current body of work focuses on a desire for balance and the dichotomy of my life - my desire for adventurous freedom versus a need for security and roots.
Linda Mace
Woodworks Gallery Inc.
Mocksville, NC
Medium: Mixed Media
Original hand chased images into metal using a metal scribe. I sink the metal back making the image three dimensional. Once drawn, metal dye and stains are used to color the work. Some incorporate found objects. Framed on steel or reclaimed antique beadboard.
Lealon McLeod
Inman, SC
Medium: Mixed Media
Pen/ink and watercolor artwork. Using a photo, I draw a rough picture. I ink the picture in using waterproof ink, then paint the picture with watercolor. 
Mark Mcdevitt
Methane Studios, Inc.
Sharpsburg, GA
Medium: Mixed Media
Silkscreen prints.
A.L. Swartz
Atlanta, GA
Medium: Mixed Media
Neo-Traditional Still Life mixed media paintings in acrylic, colored pencil and gouache on wooden panels.
Tim Lee
Cary, NC
Medium: Mixed Media
Oil and acrylic paintings on a variety of wood and carved wood surfaces, all original.
Heather Baldwin
Heather Leigh Designs
Richlands, NC
Medium: Mixed Media
Unique handcrafted clocks made from natural stones, tile, wood and metals. Some of the clocks are created using upcycled materials.

Wide Open Bluegrass Vendors 2016
Shop Local Raleigh Vendors
Citizen Pops
Gypsy Jule
House of Swank
Nyla Elise
Oak City Coffee Roasters
Oak City Collection
Raleighwood Provisions
Pass the Gravy
Paul Friedrich
Porch Fly Clothing
Southern Ego Clothing
The Go Girl Shoppe
We Be Raleigh
RoughCut Flags

Got to Be NC Vendors
Apex Food Company
1821 Grande Maison Drive, Apex, NC 27502
Appalachian Pepper Company
1939 Bairds Creek Road, Vilas, NC  28692
Atlantic Natural Foods
109 Gelo Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Bailey Bee Supply
147 Boone Square Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Baldies BBQ
5604 Southern Cross Ave., Raleigh, NC 27606
Carden Farms
204 King Drive, Franklinton, NC  27525
Carolina Fancy Foods
P.O. Box 32240, Raleigh, NC  27622
Carolina Packers, Inc.
P.O. Box 1109, Smithfield, NC  27577
Chris' Peanuts & Candy Co.
1141-I Diggs Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
Cloister Honey
3818 Warrington Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211
Cottage Lane Kitchen
P.O. Box 592, Chapel Hill, NC   27514
D'Vines Foods
P.O. Box490, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Farm Sensations
17 Lloyds Way, Louisburg, NC 27549
Five Points Baking Co.
P.O. Box 17355, Raleigh, NC  27619
Foss Gourmet Foods
901 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest, NC  27587
Four Legs Barking
2011 Shannon Dr., Sanford, NC  27330
Good Rub
P.O. Box 1088, Morrisville, NC  27560
Heavenly Beezzz Honey Co.
2310 Sparger Rd. unit F, Durham, NC  27705
King's Concession
53 Thomas Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524
Li Li's
164 Mangums Drive, Wendell, NC  27591
Lumpy's Ice Cream
306 E. Wait Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
Luther's Legacy
P.O. Box, Aberdeen, NC  28315
Mackeys Ferry Peanuts
30871 US Highway 64, Jamesville, NC 27846
Mike D's BBQ
134 Daneborg Road, Durham, NC  27703
Mimi's Mountain Mixes
27 Capri Lane #15, Hendersonville, NC 28791
Mindful Supply
304 Friendship Drive, Greensboro, NC  27409
NC Sweet Potato Comm.
700 E. Parrish Drive, Benson, NC  27504
Norm's Farm/Elderberry
55 Frog Pond Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312
Pick and Preserve
281 Poverty Branch Road, Barnardsville, NC 28709
Pluto's Inc.
506 N.Greensboro St. Suite#9, Carrboro, NC 27510
Smitty's Ice Cream
300 N. Main Street, Graham, NC 27253
Sweet Annie
P.O. Box 48367, Cumberland, NC  28331
Sweet Treats of NC
9332 Langwood Drive, Raleigh, NC 28617
Tastin' Jamaican
3335 NC 56 Hwy E., Louisburg, NC  27549
The Cookie People
4009 Blue Water Court, Raleigh, NC 27606
Yo Mamma's Style
226 Competition Road, Raleigh, NC 27603