Each year we hope to bring talent to the event and feature them in many aspects of our festival. So in 2008, The Maryland Faerie Festival started our tradition of Featured Guest Artists and Authors. That was also the year that we had the festival in June. Wow, was it hot! A special thanks goes out to our Featured Guest Artists, Jessica Galbreth, and Brigid Ashwood and Author, Rosemary Ellen Guiley. They shared their talent with a bedraggled and little band of hot sweaty fans.
In 2009, the year of the Maryland Faerie Festival Dragon, two Maryland Artists, Linda Biggs and Ash Evens were our Featured Guest Artists.
International faerie artist, Linda Biggs, creates colorful, original faerie and fantasy watercolor paintings.. She paints Fantasy, with a twist of reality – even when it’s TWISTED! Become mystified, enchanted, even captivated, by the Linda Biggs magic with her beautiful rainbow fantasy artwork/collection Lithographs, Giclee fine art reproductions, note cards, t-shirt,s and more are available at http://www.LindaBiggs.com
Ash Evans is the painter of things with horns fur and wings and a self proclaimed Unicorn Queen. Describing herself as a professional creature artist, Ash has her style rooted in the realm of fantasy. She cobbles creatures together with many different mediums including: Digital, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, and oils. Most days you can find her in her studio spattered with paint and muttering to herself. She is easily distracted by shiny objects, enjoys reading and horseback riding. Find her at www.ashevans.com
In 2010, the year of the Unicorn, we had Giovanna Adams as our Featured Guest Artist. Faerie Artist Giovanna Adams created her “Faeries of Color” series to brighten up an often pale vision of the mysterious world of the fey. Her faeries convey a message of cultural acceptance and beauty that we all possess in our own skin. Working most often in watercolor, Giovanna weaves her faeries with the hope of intriguing the imagination and creating worlds that touch the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Her inspirations are derived from books, music and from time to time the muse that creeps up in her dreams. Giovanna’s artwork is collected and distributed worldwide and her images are also offered on a beautiful range of products licensed to select manufactures. Giovanna lives in New England with her husband and two little pixies. She spoke about Faerie Lore in Other cultures at the Maryland Faerie Festival. You can find her at http://www.artofgiovanna.com
Last year, in 2011, we celebrated mermaids. Our Featured Guest Author was Carolyn Turgeon. Carolyn Turgeon is the author of Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, and Mermaid, a retelling of the original little mermaid story. Her first children’s book, The Next Full Moon, a middle-grade novel about the daughter of a swan maiden, has just been released. Carolyn runs the mermaid-themed blog http://iamamermaid.com/ featuring interviews with people as diverse as Tim Gunn, the Magnetic Fields, Terri Windling, and Hannah Fraser, and is currently working on a non-fiction book about modern-day mermaids. At the Maryland Faerie Festival, Carolyn did readings from Mermaid and talking about her mermaid research.
Our Featured Guest Artists in 2011 were Maryland artists, Leah and Shane Odom. Leah and Shane are the artists and mask makers of Mythical Designs by Miscellaneous Oddiments LLC. Together, they have been crafting mythic art and legends for over a decade and venture out from their mountain home in Western Maryland to entertain faeries and mortals alike, then returning to their gardens to find inspiration in the growing world. They believe that creating art is about bringing legends and myths into form and life. Each faery tale we tell our children is a cultural inheritance going back to our ancestors. By finding meaning and inspiration in modern myth you can connect with the intimate relationship our fore bearers had with the natural world around them, and still face forward into the 21st century. Creating and wearing masks allows us to participate in the process of transformation that ties us to our environment and allows us to truly celebrate who we are. They are entirely entangled in the faerie and mythic arts community, working closely with Faerie Magazine and many of the Fairie Festivals. Follow the adventures of their wildwose family and see their art at www.mythicalmasks.com.
Who are the Featured Guest Artist and Author this year, 2012?
The Faeries will soon reveal all. We hope you take the time to get to know each of them.