By Krystal Spring/Havre Daily Newsemail@example.com
There was artwork aplenty at the third annual Art on the Avenue arts and antiques festival at Havre's Town Square on Saturday. From handcrafted jewelry to watercolor paintings and bronze sculptures, the weekend event aimed to offer a little something for all art lovers.
"It's really just a summer celebration of art," said Debbie Vandeberg, executive director of the Havre Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event. "It really promotes local artists in a variety of mediums."
Ed Hammler, a scroll saw artist from Havre, sold several of his intricately carved wooden pieces at the art show.
"This is really only the third art show I've been in," he said. "It's been great. I've had a lot of people interested in my work."
Hammler, who took up the art of scroll sawing four years ago, said he was excited to participate in a local show.
"It's good exposure for me," he said. "This really brought a lot of people out. It's the kind of thing where people will see my work here and then give me a call a couple of months down the line and want to buy something."
The art show was held at the same time as Saturday Market, which art vendors said brought in even more interested art buyers.
"It's really nice to get everybody out here," said Vicky Campbell, a local artist who sold her handmade jewelry, note cards and blankets on Saturday. "It's been a great turnout. If we don't patronize the local people, then they'll go elsewhere. I love staying here in town to sell my work."
Vandeberg said the offerings at Saturday's Art on the Avenue were smaller than in years past when the Heritage Center helped sponsor the event. The previous two years the Heritage Center hosted several workshops throughout the day, including a "Feeding Creativity" art class for children and papermaking and basic painting classes for adults. Vandeberg said the Heritage Center pulled out of this summer's show when the H. Earl Clack Foundation ceased managing the building.
"We're missing a big chunk of what we were able to offer before," she said. "This year