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Maryland Shepherds Cup

Posted: February 13, 2018

The purpose of this award is to recognize consistent excellence in the production of handspinning fleeces by wool producers in Maryland. The winner will be judged to have entered the best set of five handspinning fleeces from an individual Maryland shepherd. The Maryland Shepherds Cup is offered in remembrance of Mary Ann Jackson, shepherd at Spinning Flock Farm. Mary Ann was a long-time supporter and active member of the Festival Committee and MSBA. As well as being named 2006 Maryland Shepherd of the Year with her husband Ed, MaryAnn initiated the fiber arts and shepherd workshops at the Festival, taught innumerable beginning spinners and weavers, and was a tireless supporter of textile arts.

The award will include a perpetual trophy inscribed with the name of each year’s winner plus a $100 prize.

Guidelines for Entering

  1. Maryland shepherds will designate five handspinning fleeces that best represent their flock and breeding program goals. The fleeces must be from sheep belonging to the shepherd entering them and the farm must be in Maryland.
  2. All five fleeces must also be individually entered in the appropriate Division and Class for Show and Sale.
  3. Check appropriate box on entry form to be included in MD Shepherd’s Cup competition.
  4. The Entry must be accompanied by a brief paragraph (no more than 80 words) describing the goals of the shepherd/producer that are represented by their five selected fleeces. This is to acknowledge that different shepherds may have different goals. Examples might include: Perfectly matched fleeces (in color, character, quality); specific breed character; natural colors; or variety of fleece types, etc.
  5. Only one entry (of 5 fleeces) for the Shepherds Cup per individual shepherd’s flock.

Order your 2018 catalog now

Posted: January 7, 2016

Order your 2018 catalog now so it can be included in the first mailing, which will go out in March. Order online at https://mswf2018.eventbrite.com/. See our catalog ordering information for instructions on ordering by mail.

2018 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Posted: February 8, 2018

Congratulations to Sally Drew of Olney, MD for her winning entry in the 2018 Cover Art Competition. The winning artwork will be posted in mid-March.

Artist Statement

I have been drawing since I discovered how to hold a pencil and have been painting since I received my first oil painting set at age nine. My favorite gifts were always new crayons, colored pencils, and paint-by-number kits. My interest in color and creativity didn’t stop with painting and drawing but led me to explore and appreciate the texture and beautiful colors of yarn and the amazing things that could be made from it. I have been an avid knitter ever since childhood when I picked up that first set of needles and colorful ball of yarn. I remained interested in anything artistic and creative which led me to major in commercial art and to minor in biology in college. The accumulation of knowledge in biology and art grew into an interest in the dynamic colors and shapes of art with nature. Plants and animals are an inspiration for much of my art work.

As a mother of two, art as a profession was put on hold but definitely not forgotten. My artistic side inspired me to create toys and decorations for my children, and to challenge their interest in Mother Nature’s creations – from the shapes of trees and the habits of insects to the colors of the skies and clouds.

As demands in my life changed, the art of watercolor seemed to speak to me and called me back into painting. Watercolor is a wonderful medium but it can be very frustrating. Patience and a lot of practice taught me how to use watercolors to their fullest extent. Beautiful shapes and colors can create a large range of emotions from the viewers – happiness or sadness, peace or excitement, curiosity or satisfaction, and just make them smile. I am particularly drawn to color – it’s the first thing that attracts me to a painting. Next, the images, or lack of them, pull me further into the painting. I love a painting that makes me travel through it, moving from shape to shape and from color to color. The goal of my paintings is to provide the viewer with this same sense of discovery and to experience an emotional response to its content.

My paintings have won many awards at exhibits in Montgomery and Howard counties. Recently, I was honored by receiving a Juror’s Award in a juried show in the Kentlands Manor in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I currently have a painting on exhibit at the Olney Library. I have served on the Board of Directors, Olney Art Association, for the past seven years, and am a Signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and belong to the Olney Art Association, Rockville Art League, and Montgomery County Plein Air Artists and exhibit in all shows sponsored by these groups. I am very humbled to know that so many of my paintings have been purchased to hang in people’s homes.

My two grown children married two wonderful people and I have a beautiful 17-year old granddaughter who is very dear to my heart. I have lived in Olney, Maryland for 47 years – in the same house!

Contact Information: Tel – 301-774-2125. Email –

 Honorable Mention

Hannah Kate Messer
Williamsburg, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clare Margaret Douglas
Harrisburg, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destiny Pryor
Willingboro, NJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon McNicholas
Conesus, NY

Online Registration for Fiber Arts Workshops

Posted: February 11, 2017

Online registration for Fiber Arts Workshops will open on Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 pm EST. We are using Eventbrite as our online registration mechanism again this year. You can access our Eventbrite online registration page at https://mswf2018.eventbrite.com.

Reminder: Registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. Registration will remain open until the night before the class is scheduled, or the class is filled, whichever comes first.

Policy Change: In the interest of allowing as many people as possible access to classes, buying seats for other people is no longer allowed. You will be limited to one ticket per workshop.

Helpful Hints:

  • Eventbrite has a 15 minute time limit to complete your order, so you might want to read through the class descriptions here on the website first and figure out what you want to take before heading over to Eventbrite.
  • To save time at checkout, set up an Eventbrite profile in advance so that information on your checkout page can be pre-filled. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/ and click on “Sign Up”. If you did this last year, you do not need to do it again — just make sure you know your password!
  • If you have not completed your registration at the end of 15 minutes, the reservation they are holding will be released for others to purchase.

Announcing the 2018 Cover Art Competition

Posted: June 13, 2017

 Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2018 Cover Art Competition

The winning artwork will be used to design the catalog cover, posters, t-shirts, mugs, hats, and other items to publicize the 45th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Grand Prize $1000

Up to four $100 Honorary Mention awards

  • Subject related to Sheep and/or Wool
  • Any 2-D medium
  • No larger than 18″x24″
  • Can be full color
  • Artwork only, do not include text regarding Festival name, date, etc.

Deadline November 1, 2017

Download the rules, entry form, and release.

Visit the gallery of past winners.

Questions? Email .

Thank you!

Posted: May 15, 2017

Another Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival has come and gone, and we could not have done without all of you – Festival goers, volunteers, Festival Committee members, shepherds, and participants in so many activities, competitions and demonstrations! It is amazing to see this come together with all categories of participants contributing to its success. We tried some new things this year, and had a little bad weather to deal with, and we appreciate everyone’s understanding, support, and good cheer. Thanks to everyone for participating in our 44th celebration of all things sheep & wool! We are already thinking about how to do even better next year!

In Peace,

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

Lose something? Find something?

Posted: May 8, 2017

Please email to inquire about lost and found items and arrange for pick up.

Rain or shine, the show will go on!

Posted: May 4, 2017

Rain or shine, hot or cold, dust or mud, the festival goes on as scheduled–and cooler temperatures are perfect for wearing wool! Wear your handmade scarf or shawl, or pick up a pretty one to take home with you. Don’t forget the t-shirt building also sells sweatshirts! It’s all good!

Advance Ticket Sales Now Available

Posted: February 3, 2017

A message from the Festival Chairman and the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association President

Many of you will be surprised to learn that this year, for the first time, we will be charging an admission fee of $5.00 per adult (18 years and older). This change deserves some explanation.

We are proud that for 43 years we were able to provide the Festival experience free of charge to the public. A few years ago we began inviting voluntary donations, and we are enormously grateful for the generosity reflected in your willingness to contribute. We have relied heavily on those donations, as the continued success and growth of the Festival have made the job of “putting it on” bigger and more expensive. At the same time, we’ve been teetering on the edge of overwhelming our dedicated volunteers, who are the heart of the Festival. We believe that this modest admission fee, for adults only, will enable us to deliver and continually improve the Festival for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone involved.

This year, the pedestrian gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Festival attendees will not be permitted to enter before this time. This will allow vendors and the Festival team the time they need to prepare for the day, free from eager early shoppers!  We ask that you respect this policy.

Whatever it is that inspires you to join us at the Festival, we look forward to having you and the amazing enthusiasm you bring to us!

Gwen Handler, Chairman, Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
Lee Langstaff, President, Maryland Sheep Breeders Association

Important things to know

  • The admission fee is $5.00 per day and applies to adults only; everyone under 18 will be admitted free.
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://sheepandwool.eventbrite.com. A processing fee of $1.24 per ticket will be added.
  • Cash or check only at the gate. There will be an exact change lane, so bring your $5 bills!
  • Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. This will be strictly enforced. Early entry will no longer be permitted.
  • Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday to accommodate those wishing to attend the Breakfast Buffet and Sheep-to-Shawl Contest. The official start time will still be 8:30; VENDORS WILL NOT BE OPEN UNTIL 8:30!

We appreciate your patience as we go through this year’s transition.

No online sheep show entries this year

Posted: March 28, 2017

Revised Sheep Show Entry Information

Entry forms and rules and regulations were mailed to previous exhibitors in February and are also available here.

Due to unanticipated problems, there will not be an online entry option this year, and the deadline for mailing entries has been extended.

Send entry form along with a check for entry fees payable to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to:

Dr. Mara Mullinix
Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
5209B Green Valley Road
Monrovia, MD 21770

Entries must be postmarked by April 10, 2017. A $20 late fee will be assessed to those entries postmarked after April 10. No entries accepted after April 15 postmark.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

2018 Catalog Cover Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Sally Drew of Olney, MD for her winning entry in the 2018 Cover Art Competition.

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