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Artisan jeweler Stephanie Distler’s tent is pictured at a previous LH JAMS music and arts festival. Distler will also be on site this year. PHOTO PROVIDED

(Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series featuring artists who will be demonstrating their craft at the LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival on August 13.)

LOCK HAVEN – Arts and music lovers won’t want to miss the 7th Annual LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival.

The event, hosted by the Clinton County Arts Council, puts its arts and crafts vendors in the spotlight even more at this year’s event on Saturday, August 13.

CASC President Carol Cillo said this year’s festival will put the arts on a bigger screen. Not only will there be vendors along Main Street, but some of those vendors will be showcasing their work.

This includes jeweler Stephanie Distler.

PROVIDED PHOTO A jewel created by Stephanie Distler is illustrated.

Distler isn’t new to the JAMS scene, having been asked to settle in 2018.

“The festival brings me back because of the talented people involved, the amazing live music and the vibe the whole event lends to creatives as a selling point,” said Distler.

A self-taught artist, Distler has been creating things for as long as she can remember.

“The process of sketching, gardening, learning to embroider, knit or make jewelry has always been part of who I am,” she says.

Distler first made beaded pieces and fiber art – using handmade felt and beads – before moving into metalwork around 2010.

PHOTO PROVIDED A Monstera leaf pierced pendant provides an example of Stephanie Distler’s craftsmanship.

“Over the years, jewelry and mixed media techniques have continuously drawn inspiration from these rural traditions that were once the daily life of our ancestors,” she says. “A more tactile life of being part of the process of living has become a need in this age of technology for me and so many others.”

Distler describes herself as an artisan from PA Wilds Roots with a Rural Organic style.

“The workshop is set up in our house and focuses on ‘made by these hands’ creations, inspired by nature. These pieces carry with them a sense of belonging,” she says. “Digging in the garden, hiking in the PA Wilds, shopping for fresh produce at the local farmer’s market, enjoying an IPA at a craft brewery or antiquing on Main Street, these designs remind us of our downtimes.”

Distler, fifth-generation Johnsonburg native, wife of a building contractor, mother of three talented daughters, grandmother of three spectacular granddaughters, craftswoman and owner of Stephanie Distler Studios, professional-level Creative Maker member of Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO), as well as , WCO Contract Engagement Specialist, Chairman of the Johnsonburg Community Trust, Co-Founder/Manager of the Johnsonburg Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market and Board Member/Treasurer of the Elk County Council on the Arts.

Keep an eye out for Distler during the LH JAMS Outdoor Festival on Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m. until late evening.

This year, JAMS is a three-day event featuring nearly a dozen groups. It starts on Thursday August 11 with “Rockin’ the Roxy” with Chris LaRose and the Hex Highway Band and Desert Highway, an Eagles Tribute Band. Those interested in attending can purchase a ticket in advance at lhjams.org. Proceeds will go towards future LH JAMS festivals and the launch of the Jeff Gummo CCAC Scholarship for the Arts.

On Friday, August 12, a block party will be held in downtown Lock Haven starting at 6 p.m. Main Street from Jay to Vesper and Grove Street from Church to Water will be closed as two State College-based bands – Ted McCloskey and the Hi Fi’s and Velveeta – bring the best rock from years gone by. Participants can bring a chair to sit on the street or make a reservation at one of the many restaurants downtown.

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