• October 23, 2019

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Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:52 pm

Visitors at Morehead’s Arts and Eats Festival had the chance to shop from over 100 booths including an artist who crafts her jewelry based on Nordic runes and animal remains.

The festival gives local artists, businesses and food vendors the chance to showcase their products to the community once a year on Main Street. Nicole Sylvan, a recent graduate of Morehead State, registered as a craft vendor to share her love for nature and fantasy.

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Nicole Sylvan from at Of Wolves and Ravens speaks to a customer at the Arts and Eats Festival Saturday, September 21 in Morehead, Ky. Daneyl Tackett

“I have a really big appreciation for nature so I like to use things that I find, things that can be found in nature such as bones and crystals, and incorporate them into everyday wear so when people are just stuck in the classroom or in the building, they feel like they have a piece of the outdoors with them,” said Sylvan, who has been running her jewelry business, Of Wolves and Ravens, for six years.

Sylvan has had an interest in both animals and Nordic culture since before high school and began studying to become a veterinary technician at MSU before changing her major to fine arts to seek more challenges.

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Rowan County cheerleaders doing routine during the 2019 Arts and Eats Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2019, on Main Street in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Zoe Hall. Zoe Hall

“I do use bones. I use animal remains, and that’s actually because I love animals so much,” said Sylvan. “All the bones and animal remains I find out in the woods myself, so no animals are killed or anything. They are all naturally deceased and I clean them and give them new life in my artwork.”

40 food vendors set up adjacent to the craft booths including Forgotten Foods Farm, located in Carter City, between Olive Hill and Grayson.

The farm, which is operated by Amy Richardson and her husband Channing, is certified organic. Items produced at the farm include not only vegetables, but maple syrup, sorghum, honey and jams and jellies yearly.

“Our biggest mission is sustainable agriculture, making sure our children have the ability to grow their own food as well as the ability to provide for their community as they grow up,” said Richardson.

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Virginia Vance works with clay on a wheel during the 2019 Arts and Eats Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Julianna Leach Julianna Leach

The festival continues to grow and raises money for local non-profits. Some of the non-profits include Christian Social Services, Downtown Morehead Incorporated, Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center and the Rowan County Arts Center.

“We just appreciate people coming out and supporting it. Since 2009, we’ve raised over $109,500, so we’re hoping that maybe we’ll hit $120,000 this year,” said Rowan County Arts Center director Ashley Gilliam.

Follow the link to watch a short video: https://youtu.be/y5mvueo8I_I