Fine art and fiber art at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Eight hundred fleeces were included in last year's MSWF Fleece Show and Sale. Photo: Kate Larson.
I know spring has arrived when the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival announces the winner of the annual cover art contest. The festival organizers are famous for their fine-art selections, which are then printed on T-shirts and totes, posters and mouse pads. The hoards of happy spinners that wait in long lines at the festival to purchase MSWF merchandise are a sight to be seen. Judging by the feedback so far, the 2014 artwork is already a favorite. An oil painting by Ken McNeill, an artist and electrical engineer from North Carolina, was chosen from among the many beautiful entries to grace this year's festival cover, which you can see on the festival website. A wide variety of artists and mediums have been featured on the festival cover in the past. Check out a gallery of past covers, beginning with 1987, to see how other artists have made our love of sheep and wool manifest in fine art.
Maryland Sheep and Wool will be held on May 3–4, 2014, and space is still available in several workshops with spinning greats including Maggie Casey, Deb Robson, and Sarah Anderson. In addition to endless aisles of amazing vendors, MSWF is also known for its fleece show and sale (last year, eight hundred fleeces were included) and the spinning and weaving equipment auction. Keep up to date with festival information on Facebook and Ravelry.