Bonnie Hedden Designs won Best in Show on Saturday at the 2022 Lewiston Art Festival. Its namesake, Hedden, is a handcrafted-jewelry artist from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, who also took first place in the Artistic Craft I: Jewelry category for her “Aqua Shag” necklace.
“It really is one of my favorites. It's always so well-attended,” Hedden said of the Art Festival. “You can count on it year to year. It's always well-attended. They have really great artisans. I mean, there's something for everybody. And it's just easy overall – it's easy on the artists; it's great for the people who attend; it's just a fun festival.”
Patrons at this show, offer “Big, big art support here,” she said. “It's kind of what makes it extra special. They're pretty well-informed, the customers that come, so it makes it nice.”
Hedden has participated in the Lewiston Art Festival for 16 years. Of taking the top prize, she said, “It was exciting. I've never had that happen. I received my first-place ribbon and, 20 minutes later, the judge came back with the other one; and I just didn't even know what to do. I'm really honored. I really am. It’s very exciting.”