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Unique items on display at craft fair

Krystle Wagner • Aug 3, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Throughout the day Friday, residents and visitors visited the first day of the Coast Guard Festival Craft Fair at Grand Haven’s Central Park.

About 155 vendors are part of the annual event, which continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As shoppers looked at the glass figurines in the Cute Glass Animals booth, Vad Pavliouk arranged some of the animals ranging from a cat, fox, raccoon, dog, turtle and more. For more than 20 years, Pavliouk has turned glass into tiny works of art.

Pavliouk, who lives in Connecticut, is originally from Europe, where he said the art used to be a traditional business. In a home studio, he creates the unique figurines inspired by cartoon images.

“They’re movement caught in glass that are whimsical and make you smile,” he said.

In addition to the event in Grand Haven, Pavliouk also participated in a festival in Ann Arbor. He said Michigan residents appreciate the arts.

The variety of the vendors at the festival’s annual Craft Fair is one of the aspects Sarah Beahan said she enjoys about the event because there’s everything from “yard decorations to jewelry, and everything in between.”

Beahan, a Spring Lake resident, attends the event each year, and usually tries to arrive when it opens on Friday in an attempt to beat the crowd. Beahan said she and her mom usually attend the event to shop, and for her mom to get ideas for crafting.

This year, Beahan visited the show with her mom and daughter.

“I love that it’s become such a big community event,” she added.

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