Art, music on display at 75th National Folk Festival in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Besides the live music put on by hundreds of artists and the food and wine vendors sprawled out throughout downtown Greensboro, there also dozens of booths where local artists like Gary Fischer are showing off their work at the National Folk Festival.

“It’s a really unique opportunity for artists to show what they have,” said Fischer.

Fischer is a glass artist who uses a fire kiln to make both decorative and functional pieces.

“Bowls and platters that can be used decoratively or functionally,” he said. “You can use them to eat off of, dinnerware.”

Fischer has been making the pieces in a studio out of his home for the past 20 years. He normally goes to street fairs but has been working non-stop for the past month for this year’s folk festival.

“I probably have 150 pieces or more for this fair,” he said. “I’ve never done one with more than 40 or 50 pieces.”

“We’d like for everyone to know that there’s a lot of local talent,” said vendor Anne DeLapp.

Anne DeLapp makes rag quilts by hand and machine, a passion she turned into a business two years ago.

“I call myself a fabric illustrator,” DeLapp said.

She uses all local materials and says events like the Folk Festival help keep the local arts scene going.

“There’s plenty of things for us to create in North Carolina,” DeLapp said.

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