Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival

Posted on 09/29/2014

The 39th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival was held this past weekend at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The three-day festival is hosted in Atalaya, former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. The Moorish-style winter home and sculpture studio was built during the Great Depression by the New York philanthropists. 
Mark Woodward - Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival
Masters of canvas, wood, glass, photography and other creative media showcased and sold their craft at the festival.  Featuring more than 100 of the area's finest artists and artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provided aesthetic beauty against a background of the natural beauty of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Located along U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park offers one of the most pristine beaches on the Grand Strand. The 2,500-acre freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest also are great examples of South Carolina’s natural coastal environment, and the park is known as one of the best spots for bird watching on the East Coast.


 Some notable vendors include...

Justine Ferreri 

Justine Ferreri: Clay/Porcelain Artist

Justine Ferreri was born in Arumagawa, Japan. She has lived in North Carolina more than half of her life, and considers herself a true blue North Carolinian who now creates her art, and grows her business in Wilmington.  To date, Justine's portfolio of animated creations includes a collection of clay goddesses, wall plaques, prayer angels, "bubble-boys", beach items, mermaid door pulls, and a large collection of original pieces.

Justine Ferreri - Atalaya Arts and Crafts FestivalIn addition to her gallery pieces, Justine regularly donates valuable originals to the Wilmington Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, the North Carolina Jazz Festival, Susan G. Komen Foundation fundraisers, First in Families of Southeastern North Carolina, and Cape Fear Literacy Council.

Gaston "Buddy" Locklear 

Gaston Buddy Locklear: Oil/Acrylic Artist, Murrells Inlet
Gaston Locklear's goal is to create art that has a strong physical and emotional presence. Locklear achieves this by incorporating found materials into his work. Weathered plywood, rusted sheets of tin, roofing tar, or any material that has already 'served its purpose' can be found in Locklear's art. The organic textures, shapes and colors formed over time on the varying materials gives the artwork a human quality that connects with the viewer.

Locklear focuses on the beauty of the imperfections. Bruises and scars tell a far more interesting story than a polished, unblemished surface and by exposing the 'skin' of the materials the viewer is forced into his own self reflection.


Buddy Locklear Oil/Acrylic Artist

Locklear saw us admiring his work at the festival so invited us to come get a closer look and said "You can touch the paintings, just don't spit on them".  Buddy is also an owner at local Ebb & Flow gallery which offers live music every first Thursday of the month.  It's a great chance to check the place out if you've never been there before. The next one coming up is October 2, 2014 from 7:00-9:00pm. BYOB!


Classic Glass Studios


Classic Glass Studios at Atalaya FestivalClassic Glass Studios is a custom stained glass art studio seasonally located on the Potomac River in Abell, Maryland, and the Fisheating Creek in Palmdale, Florida. 

For over 20 years, Sherry Sonntag-Whorl and Steven Whorl have been producing custom, one-of-a-kind stained glass art for private homes, corporate offices, and public spaces.  Beginning with just an idea, Classic Glass Studios provides copyrighted preliminary designs and cost budget estimates for custom stained glass projects.  Architectural style, interior design motif, budget, and personal tastes are some of the many factors considered when developing preliminary designs.  Their work can be seen at a number of art festivals and street fairs or you can come visit them at their studio to discuss your next custom stained glass art project.  From conception to completion, Classic Glass Studios can provide you with everything necessary to create that special artistic focal point for your home or office.

We chatted with Steven Whorl for a few minutes about his stained glass creations, nearby artist Cat Tesla's work, the lifestyle of artists, cross-country road trips and generally why we should all be living our lives to the fullest.  

Jack Anderson


Jack Anderson Wood ArtisanJack Anderson is a master craftsman and an artist known in the Southeast, United States.   He has had a long career in building completely custom homes, and he still takes some selected jobs in remodeling, custom carpentry, and historic renovations.

Jack has been been working with wood his whole life and he has been making some very unique works of art.  Some are giant dovetailed trunks and coffee tables made from some of the coolest slabs of wood you could find, including the 2nd biggest pine in the state of Georgia, as it was flooded and dying, Jack dismantled it with a large chainsaw and jig 30 years ago.  Much of his art is made from this wood, as it has been slow drying and is very stable working with.  Jack uses other exotic woods from the Southeast and is an innovator in making artwork out of a medium that is very difficult to work with.

Joyce McAdams


As a child, Joyce says she, "had wondrous dreams of flying fish with iridescent wings gleaming in the moonlight". Today Joyce recreates her childhood dreams in a charming world "...where green goldfish glide and dragonflies drift over double moons" in her Edgewater, Florida home.
Joyce McAdams: Oil/Acrylic ArtistThe "jewel like" quality her work is known for is the result of her intricately detailed combination of painting and collage-like imagery. From these unique paintings she also creates tile murals and installations, fabrics, one of a kind clothing, scarves, ceramic tile murals and fine giclee prints.

Joyce has been a working and exhibiting artist for over 35 years. She was born in Massachusetts and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of New Hampshire. She has participated in over 60 solo and group exhibits in museums and galleries across the country. She regularly gives workshops and exhibits in fairs and festivals abound the South and East Coast.


Cat Tesla


Art by Cat TeslaCat Tesla is an American artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. Cat's new studio is close to the Dekalb Farmer's Market at the Little Tree Art Studios in Avondale Estates.

Cat has a unique style of using painting with a palette knife and a combination of oils and acrylics.  Her use of color makes her art so aesthetically pleasing that it was even featured on the event program.  Simple and elegant artwork!






Here are some more photos from the event...





























































Upcoming events at Huntington Beach State Park:

October 18-19: Palmetto Campout

Never been tent camping? Stay overnight with a park ranger who will help you set up your tent and teach cooking and camping secrets.  Families will learn how to go crabbing, pull a seine net, paddle a kayak and much more! Campers will be provided a list of food items to bring with them to be prepared at their campsite. A limited number of tents and air mattresses are available to borrow if you don't have your own.  Fee: $50 per family.

October 24-25 6:00-9:00: Huntington's Haunted Halloween

Join us at Atalaya for an evening of frightfully fun family entertainment! Enjoy 2 separate haunted house attractions, carnival games, children's crafts, the movie Hocus Pocus on the big screen, s'mores, a bonfire and more! Event admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 6-15. Park Admission is free.

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