From homemade dice to intricately-crafted wooden pieces, there will likely be something for everyone at the return of the Delmarva Art Expo this weekend in Ocean City.
Event Promotor Susan Childs said the juried show will feature nearly 35 vendors at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, all of whom she came to know either through pictures or by meeting them and viewing their works in person.
“The artwork ranges from woodworking to clothing to stained glass to copper metal …” she said, pointing out that the designation as juried means they are all “real artists.”
Childs said the artists hail mostly from across the region, from places like Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware and Pennsylvania, with at least one coming from as far away as Tennessee. Several of the vendors are also local to the Ocean City and Worcester County area.
“We’re just excited to have the people in town come and visit us,” Childs said. “People are coming from far and away and some are local vendors and they’re all very proud of what they do and they’re excited to interact with the public.”
This year would have been the fourth annual for the show, but like most events during the height of the pandemic, it was not held last year, making 2022’s show the third.
For this year, Childs said the show will operate with a mask-optional approach.
“Do whatever you feel comfortable with,” she said. “If you feel like you need to wear a mask, wear a mask. If [attendees] don’t have them, I will have them available.”
She said that sanitizer and wipes will also be available.
Ideally, Childs said she would like to see 1,500 to 2,000 people walk through the doors during the two-day show, but with covid she is leery of expecting that many visitors.
And those who attend will have plenty to view and buy, as Childs said that there are a number of talented and unique artists showing off and selling their products.
“People that are making some really cool artwork,” she said.
The show is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Dockside Room at the convention center. For more information and a full list of vendors, visit delmarvaartexpo.com.
This story appears in the Jan. 14, 2022 edition of the OC Today.