The sun was shining, the bands were playing and creative people from near and far gathered Saturday and Sunday in St. Francisville for the 12th annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival in Parker Park.

About 50 booths featuring hand-crafted items and food clustered under the live oaks and around the park’s pavilion as visitors mingled and chatted, moving slowly from booth to booth.

Children and teens enjoyed the day, many playing or sitting around in small groups. The music stage included performances from Clay Parker, Patrick Sylvest, The Wilder Janes and The Fugitive Poets.

Mary Cardini offered a selection of fused glass pieces with a few stained glass works. A selection of fused glass jewelry pieces by the late Marjorie Black also attracted many buyers.

Brenda Fricke and Kathy Gilbert traveled from Bastrop with a booth called Gypsy Junkers that featured artistic creations made from found items.

Mitch Evans displayed art created from various kinds of wood fashioned to resemble modern art wall hangings. His card read “Son of a Slovenian, Certified Wood Ninja.”

Linda Robinson, of Esprit de Vivre Creations, Baton Rouge, brought some glass pieces to the festival. Rhonda Gaspard’s “This N That” booth featured handcrafted soap and candles. Damian Cuccio, of Eunice, was a first-time exhibitor with hand-built clay pieces, painted furniture and more.

Photographer Yolanda D’Aquilla’s booth featured black-and-white and color photos already matted for sale. Local writer Anne Butler brought copies of her books, and Murrell Butler had a wide selection of prints of wildlife and West Feliciana scenes.

All in all, the annual Yellow Leaf Arts Festival sponsored by Arts for All offered everyone a great reason to gather in St. Francisville.

The nonprofit Arts for All was incorporated in 2007.

The Arts for All board members and officers are Lynn Wood, president; Nancy Roppolo, vice president; Craig Roth, treasurer; Stephen Winham, secretary; Caroline Alberstadt, member; Kent Howard, member; Ed Lanius, member; Marcia Kistner Roberg, member; and Susan Woodward, member.

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