Getting creative - Village Artisans’ show starts April 28

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PORT REPUBLIC – A lot of art has been going on in Port Republic. Now it’s time for the public to see it.

That’s the perspective of Port residents, Tamara Gibson, 47, and Sally Smith, 67.

Gibson, a botanical and floral artist, and Smith, who makes stained glass and recycled art, came up with the idea to host art shows in their village. They’re doing it through a new organization, Village Artisans of Port Republic.

The first art show will run from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1.

All of the shows will be held at the newly-renovated town hall building at 8597 Water St.

“With the amount of talent in this village, we should do something,” Smith said.

Tammie McDonald, 50, a native of the Netherlands, moved to Port Republic in 2008 after immigrating to the U.S. in 1991.

Being around so many other artists affected her.

“It’s kind of woken up my talent again,” she said. “There’s so much talent here, I think we’re all stimulating each other.”

McDonald, who is a certified nurse midwife, knits clothing for infants while waiting to catch babies. She learned knitting from her grandmother at age 5 and got back into the practice seven years ago after moving to Port Republic.

She’s just one of 14 artists whose wares will be on display.

The shows are free to the public. Each artist pays $50 per event to display artwork.

“It’s not just an art show, it’s an event,” Smith said, noting that the art show will be held in conjunction with a quilt and textile show at the Port Republic Museum at 8691 Water St.

In addition, live music will be offered by Highlander String Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and by Countryside Garage Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Port Republic Ruritan Club will be selling barbecued chicken on Saturday morning.

Village Artisans are planning additional shows July 7-10, Oct. 6-9 and Dec. 1-4.

They also plan to offer seminars, lectures, classes, demonstrations and special events throughout the year.

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