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Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is sweet spot for area artists

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is sweet spot for area artists

For the past four years, artist Patrick Reid O'Brien has hammered together his display at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival like a carpenter.

He starts by attaching pieces of old shutters together. Over the next three hours, he places the art. Then come the finishing touches: faux hardwood floors and Oriental-style rugs. By the time he's finished — the setup takes about 12 hours — O'Brien will have turned a small section of the Maryland State Fairgrounds into a vintage beach cottage.

"It literally takes two seconds for someone to decide if they want to come see my...

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