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Unique ArtFest vendors draw crowds in Huntley

Kathy Yerke passes display copper art Huntley ArtFest Sunday. | Jeanie Mayer~For Sun-Times Media

Kathy Yerke passes a display of copper art at the Huntley ArtFest on Sunday. | Jeanie Mayer~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 21, 2013 6:14AM

HUNTLEY — ArtFest drew large crowds this past weekend with beautiful weather as a backdrop and a steady stream of musicians and entertainers filling the air.

The third-annual event took place Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of First Congregational Church on Main Street in downtown Huntley.

Algonquin resident Kelsey Simpson came to the fest with her friend Wendy Bryson, who works in Huntley.

“I enjoy the idea of having local groups perform,” Simpson said. “It brings attention to them, and it brings a good crowd in.”

Sun City-Huntley residents Tony and Pat Lamantia attended ArtFest for the second year on Sunday.

“There are so many talented people in the world — so many different types of artwork you just don’t see anywhere else,” Pat Lamantia said. “It is hard to choose (what to buy). Everything is so beautiful.”

Organizers this year found vendors who specialize in handmade and original art. Offerings ranged from one-of-a-kind stained glass and fused glass art pieces to unique photography, prints, dried flower art and hand-strung beaded necklaces.

Belinda and Thomas Pollnow were looking at snap pendants that can make one necklace into multiple designs. Vendors Bobbie Kinsey and Laura Charron hand-string beaded necklaces and added bracelet pieces to them with snap pendants. They also restring antique pieces, adding art glass and crystals in many of their designs.

Belinda Pollnow said the designs by B & L Jewelry were “really unique and really fun.” She said she enjoyed the festival and all of the offerings available.

“This is a very nice art fair. I was so glad it was here,” Pollnow said.

One vendor, Kenyon Priester, specializes in fusing form with function with his unique craft pieces. Priester’s work involves eco-friendly, custom designs created by refinishing, repurposing and designing chairs and tables. A cabinetmaker for the past 30 years and owner of Kenyon Woodworking, the master craftsman displayed wares made from a combination of exotic woods, unique carvings and singular designs.

Huntley resident Kathy Yerke has been visiting vendor booths since the fest began a few years ago.

“I love it,” she said. “I’ve been coming here three or four years. I come to browse.”

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