Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival to be Held in St. Michaels

Ophiuroidea, located at 609 S. Talbot St. in St Michaels, Maryland, will host the 4th Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, to be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10am – 4pm and Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 10am – 3pm. Parking is available at the St Michaels School Campus parking lot one block away, as well as municipal parking lots throughout the Town of St. Michaels.

The festival is $5.00 per person, for a two-day entrance fee, children under 12 are free. The entrance fee will also entitle the wristband wearer discounts from participating businesses, including restaurants, shops and lodging, throughout the Town of St. Michaels. The festival will be held outdoors (tented) and will be a rain or shine event.

Eastern Shore Sea Glass Mermaid Festival logo  2014-webThe festival is hosted by Kim Hannon, owner of Ophiuroidea “The O”, a coastal inspired home décor and art gallery, located in St Michaels, Maryland, and also a member of the North American Sea Glass Association Board of Directors. The first festival was held in 2011 and featured 12 local artisans. Each year the festival has grown, as the love of sea glass grows in popularity. This year, the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival expanded to include two fun filled days, and over 30 artisans from all over the East Coast, from Maine to Virginia, will participate.

Special guest, Richard LaMotte, noted sea glass expert and author of Pure Sea Glass will be on hand to sign his book and will be available for sea glass discussions Saturday only from 12-3pm. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite sea glass and pottery shards to learn more about their pieces with Richard and fellow beachcombers. Richard’s Pure Sea Glass book is a wonderful addition to any sea glass enthusiast’s library. Nancy LaMotte will also join us on Saturday, with her unique sea glass jewelry, Chesapeake Sea Glass, which will be available for purchase.

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile, a traveling marine science program that provides hands-on education and preservation in the Chesapeake Bay, will feature live animals from the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

The St Michaels Winery will feature tastings of their Maryland made wines, including their Gollywobbler collection, stop by their tent or join them in their tasting room next to Ophiuroidea.

As an added bonus, retail shops throughout town will also feature their favorite sea glass artisans all weekend long, a list of participating shops and galleries can be found on the festival website.

The festival will feature acoustic music by local Eastern Shore area musicians, Uncle Ward, Keri Glorioso, Kelsey Abbott and Fox Twin Trilogy, on Saturday and Sunday.

For a list of participating artisans, musicians, parking and general information, please visit www.seaglassfestival.com

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Ophiuroidea to Host Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

The Third Annual Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will be held March 29, 2014, at Ophiuroidea, a coastal-inspired home décor store and art gallery located at 609 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels, Maryland.

Hosted by store owners Shella Kirchner and Kim Hannon, the event started in 2011 as a way for the two to share their love of sea glass and to provide a showcase for area sea glass artisans. Sea glass is produced naturally when shards of glass are rolled and tossed by the ocean for years until the edges are smoothed and the piece takes on a frosted appearance.

This year, the festival has expanded to feature more than 25 artisans, from potters to painters, all of whom have created pieces of jewelry, home décor and art using sea glass. The artisans will come from as far away as Maine to share their artistic vision and display their wares.

A highlight of the 2014 festival will be an appearance by Richard LaMotte, President of the North American Sea Glass Association and noted sea glass expert. LaMotte will be on hand to sign copies of his book, Pure Sea Glass. He will also hold sea glass discussions with festival attendees from 12-3 pm. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite sea glass and pottery shards to learn more about their pieces from LaMotte and fellow beachcombers.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the St Michaels School Campus parking lot and on streets nearby, as well as the town’s municipal parking lots. The festival will be held outdoors and will be a rain or shine event.

For more information and a list of participating artisans, please visit www.seaglassfestival.com