Amphitheater and
Old Marble Crafts!


Amphitheater and Old Marble Crafts showcase the great variety of Florida's artists and natural resources. Inspired or handed down by traditional ways of the past, or styled with the designs of studio art, Florida's craftsmen pursue the creative expression of their history and culture. Handcrafted furniture, detailed reproductions of Native American shell carvings, rich Hungarian embroidery, and handmade musical instruments are sold alongside fine jewelry, functional studio pottery, handwoven apparel, and home made jams and jellies. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills throughout the craft areas, so take a leisurely stroll and visit with the artists whose work helps to support the Florida Folk Festival. All craft vendors contribute a percentage of their sales to the Festival. When you patronize these artists you are supporting both the creativity of Florida crafts and the continuation of the Florida Folk Festival!  The following is a sampling of artists that have been present at previous festivals.

Patricia Albala, The Butterfly Lady, hand painted wooden butterflies and fractal paper art

Catherine Akins, NoFlaGo:  hand decorated gourds including lidded gourds, hanging gourd, purses, incense burners, and shelf décor

Bob Andrews of A.C.L. Leather:  handbags with native skin inlays - gator, stingray, snake - hand sewn briefcase with calf skin inlays, backpack made of native deerskin, deer skin waist pack, western style vest, leather boxes

Kathryn Basham, Medicine Song Crafts:  Fiber arts – macramé, weaving, crochet, knitting, sewing, and baskets

Susan Bishop, My Mother’s Garden, inc:  certified organic culinary herb plants and Florida native plants in varying sizes; also providing information for cultivation in all areas of Florida.

Brian & Jan Blackmore, Rainbow Designs: handcrafted jewelry from precious metals, semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals.

Terry Bodeker, T.C. Bodeker Expressions: original designed and handcrafted cast silver art jewelry with nature and wildlife themes, especially Florida sea life.

Matthew Brabham, Our Pottery:  wheel thrown funcational pottery with sculptural decorations of small animals, mostly lizards and frogs.

Rachel Brown, Roses Botanicals:  handmade soaps, lotions, creams and body butters.  One of a kind handmade stoneware pottery dishes, festival pieces to compliment handmade soaps.

Tom Brown, Ozello Islands Products: Pepper sauces, pepper glazes and pepper jelly.

Julia Bull:  hand-dyed tapestries of various sizes to be used for wall hangings, sheets, blankets, spreads, etc.

Alice Cappa of Weaves by Cappa: hand woven wearables and accessories in natural fibers. Spinning demonstration using raw wool.

Bharati Chaudhuri, Creative Studio: traditional Henna painting, pottery with ethnic designs, note cards, scarves and body art.

Ronald Curtis, Curtis Creations:  handcrafted bamboo furniture, home décor items, gift items, bamboo jewelry and walking sticks.

Ibiyemi Efuntosin, Ibiyemi's Afrikan Arts & Crafts: Afrikan styled handmade arts and crafts items:  Musical instruments; Shakeray - beaded hand drums; Owari – African chess; dolls, wallets, handbags, scarves, jewelry. Afrikan Attire – Shokoto (pants), Buba (shirt) , Lapa (skirt ) and Gele (head tie).

Antonio Falla, Antonio Designs:  handmade jewelry with silver and semi-precious stone.

Bruce Gootner of Cigar Box Music: unique and numbered cigar box guitars and cigar box amplifiers made from recycled cigar boxes.  Each piece is unique and meant to be displayed as art when not played.

Marty Haythorn, Ancient Hands: recreations of Southeastern Woodland and Mississippian (300-1450 A.D.) Native American pottery and contemporary revival pottery in the tradition of Florida and Native American art.

Harriet Heywood of EarthWares:  retro-styled handmade aprons, clothing, hats and accessories.

Margaret Horvath, Hungarian Folk Art: traditional Hungarian embroidery and needlework applied to tablecloths, blouses, dolls, doilies, straw crafts and more.

Thomas Honey:  Honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, beeswax products

Michael Howland: Land & Sea Original Acrylics:  paintings

Gene Jaeger, Unicorn Strings Music Company: bowed psalteries, music books, recordings, instrument cases.

Ken King, Ken’s Pick Sticks:  pick sticks (a three stringed, wooden instrument that is fretted like a dulcimer, but strummed like a guitar) and gig bags.

Eric Larson of Winter Park Soap handmade organic skin care products:  soaps, lotions, lip balm, scrubs and much more

Ernest Lee, EM Lee Gallery:  paintings and prints of country living

Tom Levine of Defiant Worm Books is a Florida writer with two books – “Paradise Interrupted” celebrating natural Florida and “Bite Me!” a collection of his best fishing stories.

Katelyn Lynch demonstrates Yoga and conducts Yoga workshops throughout the day adjacent to the Environmental and Cultural Heritage Awareness Exhibits near the Tower.

Mary & Mom, apprentices of longtime festival tie-dye artist Mark Wright, have Tie-dye arts, including t-shirts, dresses, socks, shoelaces and hats

Anton Martinez, Native Ring:  deer bone, deer skin necklaces, bracelets, and various crafts hand made out of deer eye/deer hide; antler pipes, dream catchers and silver pieces.

Ethel McDonald, Marie's Home Canning: home canning:  jams, jellies, pickles, relishes; handwoven jelly baskets; hand-knitted dish cloths; handmade aprons

Rusty Miller, Rusty Miller Stoneware: studio pottery in functional forms, including dishes, mugs, bowls, pitchers and platters.

Janet Moses, Janet Moses & Co.: paints a variety of primitive motifs on old windows, doors, tin and other found items, with designs that feature plants, chickens, sheep, cows, birds, fish, and local landscapes.

Greg Nason, Earthwares: scroll work made on a foot-powered antique scroll saw of pictures, shelves, military insignias, bookmarks, boxes, puzzles, bowls and clocks.

Christina Raymond:  massage or assisted active isolated stretching offered for a fee to help release tight muscles, improve posture and help- relieve chronic neck and low back pain

Ben Rogers of Tinker’s Forge demonstrates blacksmithing and sells hand-forged items.

Michael Ryan of Seashell Music:  musical seashells created by drilling pitch holes to resonate the air inside spiral and bi-valve seashells.

Robin Sapp of Peace of Glass: stained glass panels, sun catchers, bugs, and pendants influenced by Florida nature.

Ruby Shaw has homemade peanut brittle.  A festival tradition for 62 years!

Lita Swindle & Eva Clayton, Clayton & Swindle: demonstrate the spinning and the making of rag rugs using a rigid heddle loom. Demonstrations and sale of rag rugs, cloth and fiber items, handmade looms and belt looms, spinning wheels and drop spindles.

George Tortorelli  Medicine Wind Music has handmade, fine-tuned bamboo flutes and bird whistles made from sustainably harvested, home-grown bamboo.  All bamboo planted and harvested in Gainesville, FL; original bamboo flute and Celtic harp recordings.

Nancy Traver demonstrates indigo dye spinning, and knitting has hand knitted items, tatted lace and hand wovens