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PROVIDED PHOTO Susan Nicholas Gephart is pictured at a previous LH JAMS. She will be among the artists painting “en plein air” during the festival on Saturday August 13th.

LOCK HAVEN – While the music often draws thousands from the area, the LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival encompasses much more.

The 7th annual event, hosted by the Clinton County Arts Council, puts its arts and crafts vendors in the spotlight even more at this year’s event on Saturday, August 13.

LH JAMS is bigger and better than ever this year, with two musical nights on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12, culminating in the peak of this musical and art-inspired event. The music will continue on August 13, but with dozens of vendors near and far, there will be more than music to enjoy.

“New this year, our expanded arts and crafts demonstrators where talented artisans will show off their skills in making a wide variety of products, from outdoor jewelry and painting to blacksmithing and cartoonish designs” , said CCAC Chair Carol Cillo.

Six plein-air painters – double from 2021 – will be seen scattered around the festival on Main Street, painting images of downtown Lock Haven in real time. They include: returning artists Karl Leitzel and Susan Nicholas Gephart as well as Brienne Brown, Jennifer Shuey, Debra Moffitt and Beth England.

Cartoonist Sam Saxton will also be on hand to show off his talent and offer unique cartoons of you and your loved ones.

Stephanie Distler will showcase her jewelry making skills and Doug Firestone will be cold forging.

Each of these artists will also be selling their work throughout the day-long event.

A multitude of other sellers will also sell their wares. From hot corn, photography, tie-dye merchandise, furniture and information booths, there’s something for everyone. Start your holiday shopping with these fine arts and crafts.

The vendors who will be at the event are: Jennifer Deitloff with tie-dye clothing; Lauren Shambach with works in fabric bags and wall hangings; Sue Morris of Sue’s Salves; John C. Sterling with fine furnishings; Wendy Heiges with jewelry; Stephen Hoff with photography; Ann Marie Furdock with Nature’s Edibles; island road honey; Snow’s Corn Kettle; Annie Halenbake Ross Library; Rotary Club; a tent of members of the Clinton County Arts Council; Clinton County Tourism and PA Wilds; Smitty’s Cigar Tavern.

Straub Brewery, the official brewery of LH JAMS, and Oregon Hill Winery will also be on hand to offer delicious drinks to enjoy throughout the festivities.

Keep an eye on L’Express as the community newspaper shines the spotlight on some of these artists ahead of the festival.

Do you want to know more about these artists or about LH JAMS? Visit lhjams.org to find details of some of the artists and vendors as well as a schedule of music, artists and other festival information.

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