Artists present works, skills in Ramstein

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The traditional pre-Christmas arts and crafts exhibition at the Ramstein-Miesenbach culture and convention center, the Haus des Bürgers, will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

More than 50 hobby artists and crafters will present their creative works and their techniques.

“We’ll have exhibitors from our region, the Saarland, Hessen and even one artist from France,” said organizer Marita Altherr. “We welcome a new artist making wooden lanterns and another one creating everyday life sceneries with horseshoe nails.”

Artists will demonstrate at their tables how they work and handle different materials. They will knit, sew and do other handicrafts. Items made of stone or ceramics might turn into the right accessories for somebody’s house or backyard.
A turner and a goldsmith will demonstrate their skills, and two women will show visitors how to spin wool.

The traditional and modern floristry on display will create a Christmas atmosphere. Decoration items made of glass, porcelain, wood and other material will be available for sale.

Shoppers might find the right Christmas present, such as jewelry made of precious metal and pearls, or works made of paper.

Other items will be soaps, oils, candles, beekeeper products, pillows, bags, paintings, bears and dolls.

“This year, the exhibition will be on two floors,” Altherr said. “Children can do (hand
crafts) and learn how to work with different materials.”

Proceeds of a raffle will go to the Ramstein-Miesenbach Hospice Aid.

“We again made sure that our exhibitors will offer some real valuable handicraft,” Altherr said. “We want to display special items.”

Visitors can take breaks in the cafeteria and taste fresh cinnamon waffles and a big variety of homemade cakes.

“We are still looking for American artists who would like to present their works,” Altherr said. “If interested, they can see me at the event. We would like to establish a forum for interested artists and discuss ideas and workshops.”

For more information, call Altherr at 06371-52680 or e-mail