Story courtesy of MassLive.com
You know that autumn is knocking at the door when fairs like The Big E and craft festivals like the Mattoon Street Arts Festival begin to pop up.
On Sept. 12 and 13, the 43rd edition of the free arts and crafts show – held on historic Mattoon Street lined with restored brick Victorian row houses – will feature over 100 exhibitors – painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, weavers, glass workers and more – food vendors and strolling musicians.
“What is very rewarding is that we have been filling up our booths much sooner over the last five to six years, even after adding more booth space four years ago. What we are hearing is that our exhibitors speak very highly of us to artists and crafters at other shows,” said longtime Mattoon Street Arts Festival coordinator Robert McCarroll.
Rick Morest – “I’ve always wanted to create stained glass pieces. So I just started buying equipment and a little glass, then over one of my vacations I tried it and loved it, and have been doing it ever since,” said Morest, of Springfield.
His work is currently on display at the Typical Sicilian restaurant in Springfield, where their stained glass logo hangs in their window. While Morest will have a variety of pieces at his booth from flamingos and fish to Christmas stockings, it is his pet memory boxes that are garnering a lot of attention. “We take an image of a person’s pet and then use it on the front of a square box that almost looks like a Christmas gift and has a ribbon around it. On the top of the box we cut out a silhouette of a pet – a cat, dog, whatever pet, almost like a headstone and the box also lights,” he said
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