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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment September 23, 2017

7/25/2017 1:08:00 PM
Variety of antiques and crafts dress up park
Cabin Creek Log Furniture proprietors Brent and Missy Taylor set up shop at Creekside Park last weekend. photo by Jodi Schneider McNamee
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Cabin Creek Log Furniture proprietors Brent and Missy Taylor set up shop at Creekside Park last weekend. photo by Jodi Schneider McNamee

By Jodi Schneider McNamee

Swarms of folks browsed through hand-crafted goodies and vintage trinkets at Sisters Arts & Crafts Festival and Antiques in the Park at Sisters Creekside Park, in a weekend of rare finds.

This year, event organizer Richard Esterman combined Antiques in the Park and Sisters Arts & Crafts Festival together into one large and eclectic show.

"The combination of two events together complement each other and was a tremendous success," Esterman said.

Wide assortments of collectable antiques were on display in booths from glassware to rare vintage dolls. Mixed in the huge treasure chest that overflowed across the park lawns were an array of crafts from hand-crafted pottery to unique birdhouses.

New vendor Sherry Taylor from Kentucky displayed rows of hand-designed wooden bowls, cake stands, platters and cutting boards.

"We are a family of seven that works with wood and that includes my husband, my son, my mother, and my two daughters," she said. "We start with a little block of wood and glue each piece in place. We use mixed woods like cedar, walnut, and other woods. We have our own sawmill. This is our joint venture."

With such variety of hand-crafted designs, there was something for everyone's taste, including very unique items.

First-time vendor John Botello from Maui, Hawaii showcased Kapalua (meaning large) Sun Chair Hammock Chairs that were hung and ready for relaxing in. The hammock chair has arm rests, a drink holder, a foot rest and includes back support. Botello has been making Sun Chairs for 30 years.

"I travel around doing shows promoting the business. I make them out of polyester because it holds up well outdoors. It's the same thing they use on sailboats. The wood is ... hemlock," Botello said.

Cabin Creek Log Furniture & Design owner Brent Taylor from Redmond designs his own log furniture, from barstools to countertops to coatracks to mirror frames.

"I've been designing wood pretty much all my life. My dad was a woodshop teacher, so I worked with wood as a kid," Taylor said. "My wife and I were quite well known in Mammoth Lakes, California before relocating to Redmond two years ago."

His wife, Missy, has been recently dabbling in oils and began painting on wood, having her art custom framed by her husband.

"I used to be an interior decorator for 10 years before we moved here," Missy said. "But I am now enjoying painting landscapes and animals on wood."

Singer/songwriter and multiple instrumentalist Theo Czuk provided the entertainment on Sunday. His journey into music began in the dive bars of Detroit playing gospel, R&B and rock and roll.

Longtime Sisters resident Richard Greene, owner of Richard's Produce, had fresh produce, raw Central Oregon honey and huckleberry syrup on display to purchase while his employees kept on popping fresh kettle corn that folks couldn't get enough of.

"I've been selling produce for 16 years," Greene said. "We specialize in berries and go to the Valley and pick them straight from the farms."

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