BARCO — Two many years ago, Don and Donna Drew had been normally on the highway 40 weekends a year traveling the East Coastline providing their “Copper Creations” at arts and crafts festivals.
The Drews’ products are preferred. The couple have been providing their pure copper hand-crafted sculptures at arts and crafts festivals and other activities for around 25 several years, and they’ve averaged around $200,000 a yr in profits.
But that was in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previous 12 months was a bust and the Drews have attended just five displays this year. As a outcome, their profits have hovered all over $12,000.
“I don’t treatment who you are, which is a hit,” Don Drew mentioned. “This is how we make a dwelling. We have performed 1,000 reveals all in excess of the country.”
Past weekend the Drews attended their sixth present as they were being a person of all over 85 vendors at the Currituck Arts and Crafts Festival at Currituck Higher School. The party was sponsored by the Coinjock Ruritan Club.
The Drews have been set up and ready to go prior to the doorways opened at 9 a.m. Saturday. Drew said he’s hoping points are gradually returning to normal.
“We have missed this the past couple of many years,” he mentioned. “Our social group is the fellow artists at the demonstrates. We’ve misplaced some close friends, and that is tough to converse about.”
Drew described the Coinjock Ruritan festival as a fantastic event with excellent people. He and his spouse experienced all-around 200 copper sculptures for sale, ranging from $5 to $500.
“We like coming to North Carolina and accomplishing these demonstrates,” Drew claimed. “We have been coming below for the final 12 yrs. Monetarily, we do extremely perfectly at this show, and we always have.’’
The Drews’ copper wildlife sculptures of fish, birds, sea turtles and crabs among other folks are well-known. But the downtime through the pandemic allowed the couple to occur up with a new sculpture known as the “Tree of Lifetime.”
“Our new Tree of Lifestyle piece has been pretty popular,” Drew claimed. “We have experienced the time to assume about some new items, and we have loved that.”
Jack Eire of Shamrock Studio in Shiloh experienced a primary spot in the vicinity of the front door to offer his custom-framed prints. Ireland has been framing his personal pics and other people’s images for 40 many years.
Like other vendors, Ireland, 76, was delighted to be back at the Currituck competition, which is a single of just a handful of demonstrates he attends each individual year with his wife, Dottie.
“This is essentially a pastime,” Ireland stated. “My costs are affordable mainly because I take pleasure in undertaking it. If I uncover an artist I like, I will acquire some prints and body them myself.’’
Eire stated gross sales at his studio have been steady the past two decades in portion since there are couple of other framing enterprises in the region.
“This is starting to grow to be a small business and not a pastime,” Ireland mentioned with a laugh. “I nevertheless enjoy it.”
Dottie Eire said she is content that her spouse even now enjoys the get the job done.
“He requirements to have a pastime simply because he does not sit well,” Dottie Eire reported with a chuckle.
Barbara Snowden with the Currituck County Historic Preservation Fee was promoting the e-book “The Goodliest and Most Satisfying Territory: A Setting up Study of Currituck County and the Northern Outer Banks” at the competition.
A further merchandise that Snowden explained the fee is very pleased of are prints of the Historic Currituck Courthouse.
“It displays what the courthouse employed to seem like in 1898,” explained Snowden, a local historian and retired educator. “We are coming up on the 300th anniversary of the genuine initially courthouse that was created in 1723.”
Craft-goers had been ready outside for the doorways to open Saturday and Coinjock Ruritan Club officers explained the attendance was just one of the most effective ever for the event that started in 2009.
“At occasions on the two days it was extremely chaotic,” said club member Tom Oakes. “We experienced a actual excellent occasion.”