By Jessica Jordan Richardson
For many years, the Kiawah Island artists and artisans showcase has provided a venue for all to enjoy the talented creations of island residents. To view the event now, one would be surprised at its humble beginnings. In 1996, when the Sandcastle Community Center was first built, dedicated island residents collaborated to provide separate fine arts and crafts events at the center. Residents such as jeweler Barbara Berger, crafter Aggie Ingersoll, and Kiawah Island Art Guild members were instrumental in developing the events and gathering community support. As the years passed, the number of participating artists, crafters, and artisans grew, along with the events themselves, necessitating a regular showcase featuring a variety of hand-created offerings. In 2009, a group of talented volunteers met to determine the best way to structure and promote this event. Members included photographer Kelly Bragg; jewelers Barbara Clawson and Janet Schutz; fine artists Sharlyne Duffy and Dan Prickett; beadwork artist Donna LeFevre; and chocolatier Vicky Meister. Following this meeting, a bi-annual artists and artisans showcase was established, held each April and November. With approximately 300 attendees each spring and fall, this show is, without a doubt, one of the most successful of its kind on the islands. The results of their efforts may be seen at this weekend’s event at the Sandcastle Community Center (1 Shipwatch Road, Kiawah Island. Ask for directions at the security gate). With over 20 vendors featuring items such as gallery-quality fine art, photography, crafts, and collectibles, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list! This event is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.