Handcrafted jewelry is among the many items that will be available for purchase during Craft Day at the Old Cotton Gin next month.

Music, art, horse cart rides and a history hunt are just a few of the activities that people of all ages can enjoy as they celebrate spring at Craft Day at The Old Cotton Gin, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

The Old Cotton Gin is at 201 S. Hall St. in downtown Warrenton, and parking will be available across from the gin. Both admission and parking will be free of charge to the public.

The former cotton gin, renovated by Anne and Tommy Satterwhite, will set a nostalgic mood as those attending will have the opportunity to browse vendors offering works ranging from the traditional to modern in design.

Bob and Judy Williams of Cynergy Celtic Music of Savannah will bring a festive atmosphere to the day’s activities, which include miniature horse cart rides and mini horse shoe painting for children. The N.C. Dirt Detectives will traverse the grounds of the gin property on a history hunt in search of artifacts. Food vendors will offer fare including ice cream and other desserts, South American cuisine, burgers, barbecue and more.

Craft Day will include more than 37 artists, artisans and crafters from the local area and beyond. Featured artists will be Senora Lynch of Living Traditions, with Native American art pottery and beading, Dianne T. Rodwell with encaustic hot wax paintings and Cathy Wiggins of Gypsy Wood Leathers with quilted leather. 

Lynch, a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe of Warren and Halifax counties, is a multi-faceted artist who may be best known for her pottery, designs of white on red clay. Lynch’s artwork has been exhibited at a number of locations, including the North Carolina Museum of History. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Clarkton School of Discovery in Lumberton.

Warren County native Dianne T. Rodwell is recognized for an artistic range that includes watercolor, acrylics, oils, encaustics, rice paper lanterns and jewelry. She has exhibited her works in many settings for many years, and has studied at a number of locations, including Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny, France. 

Cathy Wiggins of Lake Gaston, known for pioneering the art of quilting leather, recently exhibited her quilted leather art saddles at a Virginia quilt festival.

Several artists will be conducting demonstrations throughout the day.

Works that will be available include mixed media folk art, glass sculpture, leather, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, acrylic art, ephemera, mosaics, photography, wood craft, folk art, handmade soaps, bird houses, vintage art and collectibles, repurposed art, felt art miniatures, textile art, stained glass, art jewelry, garden fairies and gnomes, hand-carved flutes, pyrography (wood burning), vintage textiles, handmade children’s clothes, tiles and more.

Those attending will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for artistic creations donated by participating artists and crafters. The items will be divided into three groupings, which may be viewed at Craft Day. Drawings will determine three winners.

Raffle tickets are $10 and are available in advance at The Scarlet Rooster and Oakley Hall Antiques and Art, both on Main Street in downtown Warrenton. Funds raised from raffle ticket sales will benefit the Warren County Scholarship for the Arts.

The scholarship will be presented during Craft Day at 3 p.m. and will be followed by the raffle drawings.

For more information, visit the Craft Day at The Old Cotton Gin Facebook page.


See next week’s Warren Record for the first in a three-part series featuring artists Senora Lynch, Dianne T. Rodwell and Cathy Wiggins.