(Jan. 17, 2020) The second annual Delmarva Art Expo will feature homemade crafts and jewelry for sale during a juried competition at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, this weekend.

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Heather Koch stands next to her “Gorgeous Gourds” last year during the Delmarva Art Expo at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street in Ocean City.

More than 40 vendors are scheduled to attend. Photography, paintings, woodwork, sculptures and fabric art are just some of the products that will be available to purchase.

Event Organizer Susan Childs was inspired to provide an art expo after one that was held in Ocean City stopped a few years ago. Childs, who is also an artist, used to participate in that show.

“I did the show a couple times and it was a really good show for the time slot,” she said. “I also promote the Wool and Fiber Expo in March and my friends said, ‘You should do an art show in the third week of January.”

The inaugural show drew around 1,500 attendees last year, Childs said.

“It did well,” she said. “Having over 1,500 … that’s great for a first-time show.”

Thirty-two of this year’s vendors participated in 2019. 

“Not only should people come if they want to purchase art, but they should come because it is really a beautiful show,” Childs said.

Vendors typically reside around the Delmarva area, though there are a few traveling from Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Local organizations like the Art League of Ocean City and Believe in Tomorrow will also be attending the show this year.

Guests will be entered into a drawing and eligible for door prizes, which include gift cards and items donated by vendors.

“People liked vendors coming in this time of year because there’s no other [art] shows around,” Childs said. “Customers are coming out because Christmas is over and it’s a very nice break.”

Admission for the Delmarva Art Show costs $5 for the weekend or $3 per day. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

To view times and sign up for classes, and learn more about the Delmarva Art Expo, visit www.delmarvaartexpo.com.

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