No canvas? No problem

Riverboard Creations paints whimsical creations on rough-hewn boards

When Adrienne McCarthy went to spend a month at the lake, she packed her paints and brushes but forgot her canvases.

“I had all the paint but nothing to paint on so I started painting on boards and I really liked it,” she said.

She enjoyed painting animals on reclaimed wood so much that she kept going until she had too many to keep, and so Riverboard Creations was born.

Last year Ms. McCarthy went to her first market, and this weekend you can find her at Windermere’s Handmade Market. Her work is also available at Treasures in the Wind.

“I go into these markets thinking: ‘if I sell one I’ll be happy,’” she said, adding that hitting up the markets is rewarding both in terms of sales and the big smiles people send her way when they check out her whimsical animals.

Most of her canvases come from the water, she said, but she also uses barn wood for her designs.

The fifth annual Handmade Market is taking place in the Windermere Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th. There is no cost for admission.

Products from over 20 vendors at the market will include fine art, pottery, knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, local honey and produce, handmade soap, doll clothes, preserves and jam, jewelry, wood carving, and beeswax wraps.

Soup, sandwiches, beverages and goodies will also be available.

This year the Handmade Market will make a donation to the Creston and District for Community Living Therapeutic Riding Program. Bird houses will also be for sale to raise money to support the program.

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