Falmouth ArtMarket Features the Dawna Hammers Band, Artisans, and Books on August 4

The Falmouth ArtMarket features music by Dawna Hammers on Thursday, August 4, at Falmouth Marina Park, 180 Scranton Avenue. The ArtMarket is open every Thursday through September 1, offering fine arts and crafts from 11 to 5 PM, a Book Booth featuring local authors from 11 AM to 2 PM, and musical entertainment from 2 to 4 PM.

Dawna Hammers

Singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist Dawna Hammers brings truth, hope, and inspiration through her songs, a blend of folk, soft rock, blues, jazz, and world beat. She has performed Joni Mitchell tribute concerts and has released six CDs of original and cover songs. On August 4, she will be performing with bassist Scott Sheehan and drummer Peter DeFrancesco. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music from 2 to 4 PM.

The featured author is Jane Parhiala, whose book, “Reckless at the Border,” is a dual memoir written by Jane and her ex-husband, Pradeep Parashar. After 34 years without contact, she met him in India and, over a period of five years, they collaborated to write, from their differing perspectives, the story of their marriage, their travels together, and the cultural differences they experienced. Woven into their marital adventure are the accusations of stolen money and arson. In 1979, the newlyweds were told that not everything goes as planned, and that proved to be the case.

Anne Oberteuffer is one of the many creative artists at the ArtMarket. She sells her ceramic creations as Mugs and More by AnnieO. Oberteuffer took up pottery fairly recently but has fallen in love with the artform. She particularly enjoys making mugs, often with lids that keep the contents hot, giving them her own colorful touches. She also makes small fairy houses that can be used as candle holders or simply decorative elements and offers an assortment of small, functional plates embellished with various designs.

Oberteuffer, who describes her style as whimsical and fun, builds her pots and plates by hand, often painting flowers or other decorative elements on them with glazes. She is also fond of the sgraffito technique, which involves scratching through a top layer of glaze to expose the underlying clay color, thus producing decorative, often intricate, designs.

Oberteuffer, who retired from her job as a special needs teacher a few years ago, has been involved with a variety of arts all her life, including playing the fiddle and sewing crafts, including quilting. She is inspired by nature and by life around her. She took a clay class years ago but did not return to it until the general slowdown during the height of the COVID pandemic provided the opportunity.

She enjoys working with her hands and finds clay to be the perfect medium for her. “There are so many directions you can take it,” she said. “There is so much to learn, and the possibilities are endless.”

The ArtMarket has been a source of enjoyment for Oberteuffer. Sales have been good, but she particularly enjoys spending one day a week in the friendly, supportive market, in the open air by the harbor. “I love it,” she said. “I love talking to the other vendors and the customers, and I enjoy the live music and festive atmosphere. It’s fun and relaxing.”

The ArtMarket features over 26 artists and craftspeople every Thursday throughout the summer. Funds raised by the ArtMarket help fund Falmouth Cultural Council grants in the arts, culture, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

For more information on the Falmouth ArtMarket, including a schedule of musicians and a list of vendors, visit FalmouthArtMarket.com.

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