Crafting Art And Delicious Delights

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A weekend of finely crafted quilted art and a multitude of delicious strawberry delights await in Pine this weekend.

It is the 15th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show and 21st Annual Strawberry Festival. The events will be at the Pine Community Center in the center of the mountain hamlet, just 15 miles north of Payson.

The quilt show is Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12 in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is just $2.

The Strawberry Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 12. Admission is free.

Guests that bring a can/package of non-perishable food to the quilt show will be entered into a drawing for a comfort quilt to be held June 12. The quilt show will feature at least 120 quilts, plus quilted wearable items on display for voting in viewers’ choice balloting on Friday and Saturday. Ribbons will be in place on the award-winning entries for Sunday attendees.

Along with the popular Berry Patch Boutique filled with quality hand-made items, there will be at least 10 vendors with booths in the show’s mall, plus quilt appraisals will be available.

The Strawberry Patchers will make a special presentation to four area fire departments at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 11. The group will present the fire department representatives with comfort quilts.

Members will also be selling tickets for the Patchers’ beautiful opportunity quilt. The drawing for this quilt will be held Dec. 1.

More information is available on the group’s Web site, www.strawberrypatchers.com or call (928) 472-4410.

Strawberry Festival

The 21st Annual Strawberry Festival will be on the grounds of the Pine Community Center Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

Guests can visit arts and crafts vendors; enjoy all kinds of food, plus a wide selection of strawberry treats. There will be music and special activities for children.

Second Saturday Shop Hop

Quilts and strawberries aren’t all that will be offered in Pine this weekend. The quilt show and festival will be complemented by the monthly Second Saturday Shop Hop, where a number of shops on Highway 87 and Hardscrabble Mesa Road have special events planned.

One of those is Myra’s Gallery, 3502 N. Hwy. 87, Pine. The gallery has the work of 23 artists on display and will be featuring four of them throughout the day, Saturday, June 11.

Angie Cockle and Jack Greenshield will present demonstrations. Cockle works with scratchboard art and is well known for her pet portraits. She will be sharing some of the techniques she uses in her work.

Greenshield does Western oil painting. He has been a practicing artist since his childhood when he did drawings and horse sculptures. Now he works with oils and will be demonstrating his methods. His wife, Joan, an artist in her own right, will demonstrate watercolor painting.

The photography of Matalyn Gardner and the paintings of the late Joy Layson will be featured at the gallery for Second Saturday Shop Hop, June 11.

Gardner specializes in wildlife and landscape photographs and will have her work on display.

Proceeds from the sale of the few remaining Layson paintings will go into a trust for her daughters and their families.

As part of the gallery’s Second Saturday Shop Hop, there will also be live music from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. provided by Trouble in Paradise with Chuck and Barbara Casey.

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