Wheel-thrown pottery featured at Appetite for the Arts

Some of Lococo-Hedden’s pottery

Cyndi L. Lococo-Hedden takes her art for a spin–literally. The potter, among about 50 artists to be featured at Appetite for the Arts, throws her pieces spontaneously on the wheel in her Port Clinton garage, making every piece unique.

“My goal is to create pottery that is artistically appealing both visually and spiritually with undeniable creativity and details,” said Lococo-Hedden, an art instructor at Margaretta High School. Her wide range of pottery includes mugs, teapots, platters, piggybanks, and salsa, chip and fish bowls. “I sit down at my wheel with an idea in my mind, and many times my hand does work that I didn’t know existed within.”

The 50 artists participating in the 2013 Appetite for the Arts work in a wide variety of mediums-- jewelry, painting, metals, pottery, woodworking, sculpture, photography and more. This year’s experience at Appetite for the Arts at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Friday, Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 18 includes art, food, music and kid’s activities.

A limited number of $35 tickets are still available for Friday night’s gala, “a Red Carpet Affair” (6-10 p.m.), with a preview of artists’ wares, music by the Womack Family Band and David Lester, and culinary delights, wine and craft beer from more than 15 area restaurants, nightclubs, bakers, confectioners and supermarkets. The Womack Family Band (8 -10 p.m.) has captivated audiences all over the eastern United States with their three-part vocal harmony, tight musicianship and old-soul songwriting.  David Lester, a guitarist adept at styles from classical to classic rock, will perform from 6-8 p.m. Check for ticket availability.

Appetite for the Arts, continuing on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public and includes artist booths, the Take Flight Children’s Art Tent, food and beverages including the Port Clinton Rotary Perch Wagon, Ohio craft beers and local wines. Sunday’s Fly In/Drive In Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon will feature the opportunity for kids to fly free.

Entertainment Saturday includes local singer-songwriter Jerry Davenport, winner of the recent Songwriter Shootout at the Listening Room; guitarist/harmonica player and artist Bob Lawitzke; and singer/songwriter Steve Hall, whose “Drop Anchor in Port Clinton” video has garnered about 23,000 views worldwide on YouTube. 

Sunday’s entertainment includes the Naked Bacon Band, an acoustic quartet known for their harmonies, diverse repertoire and unusual instrumentation like washtub bass and “mouth trumpet.” The Kickin’ Back Band will bring their feel-good music to Sunday’s pancake breakfast.

Appetite for the Arts is sponsored in part by Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Brands Marina, Morgan Realty, Aha Creative and the Listening Room. 

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