, Muskogee, OK


September 24, 2009

Arts, crafts abound at Fin and Feather festival

Jan Jobe calls the Fin and Feather Fall Festival Arts and Crafts Show “top of the line for this area.”

“It’s the first show of the fall,” she said. “The weather is not hot or cool, perfect. There’s a good variety of food and the atmosphere ... It’s just such a fun show. Once you go, you want to come back.”

And she’s been coming back for 24 years. The 41st annual show is today through Sunday on the grounds of Fin and Feather Resort on Lake Tenkiller near Gore. Lezli Pool, show director, said she expects about 200 exhibitors from seven states.

“The three-day event now occupies three permanent buildings and more than 100 outdoor tents.”

Jobe of Muskogee watches the trends and has taken something different to the juried show each year. Her cowboy boot purses, chenille snowmen, rhinestone shirts and metal stars will be available this year. She’s done chickens and geese, sheep, clothing jumpers — “anything popular,” she said.

“It’s a fun weekend and you can bring your family.”

Other Muskogee vendors include Barbara Cameron, Doris Cooper, Dave and Rose Overby and George Sevier, according to Pool. Area artists like Allie Holt of Fort Gibson and Julie Cotherman of Gore are just a couple exhibiting from the area.

• Cotherman has been designing and making jewelry for nine years and calls it “Hulia’s.” She sales through trunk shows in Oklahoma and Arkansas and had a sales floor last summer in Canton, Texas. This spring she opened her first retail location, Anne-Paige, in downtown Gore. You can find her at Fin and Feather in the front of the Fin Bin building.

• Cameron creates floral arrangements and paints furniture but her big draw is “Poppa’s hook,” a steal hook with a wooden handle designed to turn meat when you barbecue.

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