Creativity is in no short supply at Butterfield, whether Village artists, crafters and makers are acting upon lifelong skills or pursuing more recently adopted post-retirement pastimes. Director of Programs and Events Riki Stamps recognized almost decade ago that residents were not only talented, but they thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautiful work of their neighbors. The first arts and crafts exhibition fair was organized for residents to display their creations, prompting immediate interest and excitement.
Longtime show exhibitor Linda Hayes is one of many who participate annually, displaying her stuffed animals, soft sculpture dolls, polymer clay sculptures, beadwork and an array of needlecrafts – as well as paintings. She says, “At first the event was more of a show-and-tell fair, but when people started seeing the quality of work, there were a lot of requests to actually buy things.”
With many employees at Butterfield possessing creative skills of their own, the BTV Arts and Crafts Show is also open for staff members to display and sell their work. Hayes says, “The show is there for everyone to enjoy and appreciate the talent in our Village, as well as to inspire ideas and encourage experimentation.”
The next show will be held May 3, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the BTV Performance Hall.