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Swanson’s Spring Fling Art and Crafts Show

Swanson Middle School PTA organized its first Annual Spring Fling Art and Crafts Show in Swanson main gym on Saturday, March 16. About 15 artists participated and presented varieties of the art — from paintings to jewelry, chocolate to hand-carved gourd art. The PTA hopes to raise seed money for a technology fund for the school through this public event.

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Susan Wolf carves a gourd while waiting for a visitor at Annual Spring Fling Art and Crafts. Wolf said that it takes her 2-3 days to hand carve one gourd.

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These gourds, carved by Susan Wolf, are used as a birdhouse and they last as many as six to eight seasons.

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Jewelry designer and Swanson PTA president Julie Jernigan at her Jules’ Jewels stalls.

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A few of the fine jewels created by jewelry designer and Swanson PTA president Julie Jernigan.

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Lucila Castro, a resident of Crystal City, hand paints natural silk scarves.

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Lucila Castro describes the process of silk painting and dying to the stall visitors. She said that her inspiration for silk painting comes from the harmony of nature and imagination.

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Chocolatier Steven Howard Lebowitz of Olney, Md., describes the types of chocolates and process of chocolate making to Melissa Lew of Loudoun County.

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Artist Anjali Sunderam of McLean with her hand-painted glass and ceramics. Her art works are inspired from the Indian henna designs.

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Self- taught paper cutter David Jenkins with his favorite art piece “Mammal Alphabet.” He lives in Dominion Hills neighborhood of Arlington.

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Paper cutter David Jenkins (right) talks about his hand-cut eclectic design with his neighbors Rafael and Jeanne Molinari. Jenkins’ wife Suzanne Gesin joins the conversation.