E-Art Tie Dye: The Grateful Artist

E-Art Tie Dye is a husband and wife apparel company that has long been creating a strong presence in our festival, as well as many others.  Errett and Vanessa Brown will return to Canandaigua again this year, and we talked with them about their clothing art and what we can expect to see in July.

Errett Brown has been making his own tie-dyed products since 1987. Though E-Art sells most of their products online and at festivals these days, he started off in a very different scene in Tahoe, California.

“I wanted to go on tour with the Grateful dead [and] pay my way selling tie-dye shirts.”

Perhaps with one of the most interesting histories, Errett’s business would soon combine with his now-wife Vanessa’s tie-dying endeavors to break into a slightly different market.

Errett says that the combined company’s name, E-Art Tie Dye, is a secret clue having to do with the ‘E’. He  cryptically alludes to the fact that it has “something to do with more than one thing.” Perhaps anyone attending the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this July could do some investigating.

Regardless of the mystery enshrouding the company’s name, Errett says that one of his favorite aspects of the Canandaigua festival is the great feedback and repeat customers who look for their booth each year.  Errett describes the clothing as “fun,” “bright,” and “unique,” which we agree has an eye-catching appeal.

Errett’s wife and business partner, Vanessa Brown, says that she gets the most positive feedback from mothers. They love the clothing because it is durable and their children love wearing it.  She asserts that the clothing stands up to hundreds of washes while still maintaining its appearance.  Even though children especially love the tie-dye, she says that she sees the same joy in customers of all ages.
“Our tie dye will help bring a smile to your face and a youthful fun feeling to your heart!”

For those who have not had the pleasure of seeing E-Art’s work yet, it offers bright and fun clothing in sizes and styles for all ages. Errett tells us to expect some new items and styles this summer, including new tie-dye dresses. If you want to get a sneak peek of what’s in store, stop by E-Art’s website.

For the Love of Family: Lizzy Candles

For the Love of Lizzy Candles, owned by Darcey Elias, will make its debut at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival.  With a recent move and new products, Darcey talked with us about what we can expect in July.

The company’s name comes from Darcey’s eldest daughter, Lizzy, and the name for her new line of soy-based  candles (“Blondies…by Olivia Grace”) comes from her second daughter, Olivia.  Both namesakes are a testament to why Darcey started the business in the first place:  to spend more time with her children.

“Our business name, For the Love of Lizzy Candles, was inspired by the birth of our daughter Elizabeth in 2001. I started the business out of my love for her and as a way to spend more time with her so it seemed like the perfect name!”

Darcey began making candles ten years ago as a hobby, but through the interest and support of friends and family, she turned it into a business.  At first, she sold her candles at the local farmer’s market, which she says gave her the opportunity to connect with other business-owners and customers alike.  After a few years of going to market, Darcey opened a mall store in Elmira, and has recently moved to Canandaigua.

“I really credit that venue for creating my local presence in our community and our initial success! It gave me the opportunity to meet fellow business owners and customers and collaborate with them.”


Darcey’s candles are all hand-poured in signature glass jars, with a dash of dazzle dust on top for “that extra special touch”.  She makes candles in all shapes and sizes of jars and tins, as well as favors for parties and weddings, and themed gift sets.  It’s no surprise that her most popular gift set is called the “Wine Lover’s” set that includes an assortment of the best-selling aromas inspired by fine wine: Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz and Grape Vineyard.

Aside from her candle business and her time spent with family and friends, Darcy tells us that she has a strong interest in the humanities.

“I am very passionate about helping others. I am a strong advocate for people with disabilities and the poor. I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate my passion for helping others into my business.”

She tells us that festival-goers can expect a wide range of high-quality and hand-poured candles in fantastic scents and “hopefully lots of noses in jars having fun smelling the aromas!”  You can see and purchase For the Love of Lizzy candles during the 2012 Festival from July 13-15, on their website or at ARTIQUES at 37 South Main Street in downtown Canandaigua.

Shannon Crandall: Reach Out and Touch Art

Shannon Crandall, a Syracuse native and mixed media painter, will be exhibiting her work at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival for the first time this July. We asked her to share a bit about herself and her work, and what festival goers can expect to see from her booth this year.

Shannon tells us that she knew art was her calling as early as Kindergarten when she began finger painting.  She tells how throughout her life she has loved to focus on creative pursuits like photography, cooking, painting, sewing, jewelry and “anything I could mold and make into my own creation.”  Although she has taken some art classes in the past, she still considers herself to be largely self-taught.

Now she has moved far beyond finger painting and focuses heavily on mixed media paintings that aim to capture the essence and experience of life.  Susan describers herself as a mixed media artist who works intuitively, creating art from recycled paper, paint and texture mediums.  She believes that the positive encouragement and feedback from friends, family, and patrons alike has helped her to grow as an artist.

 “I was encouraged by family members and felt joy by others’ reactions to my creations. This has been my inspiration to continue to create… seeing the happiness my creations bring to others.”

When asked about her art style, Shannon replies that her style is as diverse as her art reflects.  She tries to capture many facets of life, and says that each of her experiences “will eventually be translated into a creation.”  You can see these creations at the upcoming Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, where she will be selling her work.

“Attendees should expect to see my very colorful vibrant one of a kind mixed media collaged art.  It evokes the inner child and has so much texture sometimes you just want to reach out and touch it.

You can read more about Shannon and view her work at her website, and view the pieces available for purchase at her Etsy shop.