WOOSTER — The 15th annual Wooster Arts Jazz Fest will feature a wide variety of artists including everything from jewelry to pottery to miniature furniture.
Two dozen artists will fill Wooster’s Public Square on Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The types of art for sale will include jewelry, acrylic painting, pottery, photography, painting, woodworking, miniature furniture, upcycled products and stuffed animals.
Erin Stiffler will feature her new collection of wildflower photography that she shot this summer in the Rocky Mountains along with some new local pieces from the Wooster area. She uses macro photography to highlight the fine details of the flowers and take the backgrounds, usually sweeping mountain vistas, out of focus and creating a dreamy look.
"My favorite part about the festival is getting to see people’s faces light up when they come to see my display," Stiffler said. "The colors of all the flowers just seem to brighten everyone’s day! I love getting to explain the story behind each shot."
To reach her subjects, Stiffler has to do some "serious" hiking, climbing and scrambling to find her alpine wildflowers.
"Even for those who have never been to the mountain, my pictures instill the lofty sense of excitement and stunning grandeur that is the unparalleled beauty of the alpine in the Rocky Mountains.
Mike Miller of Shreve will make his second trip to the festival with his yard art and decor. He repurposes all types of scrap materials from small spoons to large hot water tanks. Other artists upcycling materials will be Tracy Dawyduk of Akron and Barbara Earley of Cleveland.
Mary Martin of Smithville will return with her family business, Martin’s Miniature Marketplace. Making miniature furniture, she combines different forms of art with her miniatures such as using paper clay for landscape cultures or painting silk upholstery furniture.
Other artists include Rhianna Massaro with acrylic painting, Ginger Lautzenheimer with wood turning, and Jim Spires with pottery.
Reporter Emily Morgan can be reached at 330-287-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.