Lewes Historical Society craft fair to feature ceramic artist John Cooley July 13

July 9, 2019

The Lewes Historical Society will hold its 2019 Summer Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 13, at 110 Shipcarpenter St. in Lewes. Admission is $5 per person to be paid at the gate; children under 12 attend free.

This event will feature 60 artisans from across Delmarva and the Eastern Shore, including decoy carvers and waterfowl artists. There will be festive live music by the Federal Street Band and delicious food all day.

John Cooley, a ceramic artist from Reboboth Beach, is the featured artist.

Cooley incorporates a lifelong fascination with wildlife and cartooning animals into his sculptural art, creating a whimsical theme in his work. “I am very excited to be in this year’s summer craft fair and am looking forward to a terrific event,” said Cooley. “I appreciate being included in this show and have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Lewes Historical Society.”

Cooley moved to Rehoboth in 1999 and began to take nighttime classes in ceramics. He explored various sculptural techniques that allow him to create functional and decorative pieces that express a playful mood. “The summer craft show in Lewes was the second show that I ever did, and I always anticipate a great event,” said Cooley.

Event proceeds will benefit the Lewes Historical Society’s educational and preservation programs. All historic buildings will be open during the craft fair, including the Lewes History Museum in the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at 101 Adams Ave. The museum serves as the primary source of information about Lewes for visitors, researchers, students and residents. Visitors can enjoy ongoing exhibits featuring Lewes maritime history, decorative arts and artists, famous families of Lewes and the impact of environmental changes to the local area.

For more information, call 302-645-7670 or go to