Wide variety of fine artists to display at 52nd Nescatunga Arts Festival June 2-4 on NWOSU campus in Alva
May 26, 2023
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 with a few outside just north of Percefull Fieldhouse on the lawn.
The festival will kick off Friday, June 2, from 6 to 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 to 6 p.m. to move the live entertainment outside on the intramural lawn from 6 to 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 to 3 p.m. with arts and crafts booths and live entertainment inside Percefull Fieldhouse. (Visit http://www.nescatunga.org/blog to see the list of 24 entertainment acts and their bios and additional info about the remaining artists, family fun activities and more.)
The first half of entries in the fine arts and crafts categories are listed here in alphabetical order. Additional articles will provide information on the remaining entries, along with separate articles on the six authors and Sugar Show entries.
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 girly "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 Okeene, 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, bookmarks, 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 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.