Colorful and whimsical is how Powell artist Pam Stockfish describes her work.

Colorful and whimsical is how Powell artist Pam Stockfish describes her work.

Stockfish uses stainless steel flatware, crystal and glassware as her canvas and embellishes them with vintage jewelry, beads and a special grade of solder used in freshwater plumbing.

Her pieces include baby spoons, bridal cake serving sets, salad bowls and serving utensils. For those who enjoy pampering their pets, she decorates pet-food containers and bowls.

"It's functional art," said Stockfish, whose business is call Whimsical Wireware. "Everything I make is functional; you can use everything."

Stockfish, whose home is adorned with the same vibrant whimsy as her art pieces, began embellishing serving utensils and dishes to accompany her home décor.

"I started making a few pieces for myself because we did a lot of entertaining and I wanted something fun and whimsical for myself. Then friends would say, 'Can you make me a piece?' Then a home show, a small craft show and then art shows," Stockfish said. She's been selling her art for nine years.

She most enjoys working with vintage beads and jewelry.

"That's what makes my pieces unique," Stockfish said. "I go to garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops and buy old jewelry. I cut it up and reuse the beads, earrings, pins, broaches -- anything I find of interest. É I like vintage because I can make one-of-kind pieces and it brings out a flare that others (who do similar work) don't have."

Stockfish, a 17-year resident of Powell, will present her work for the fourth time at the Columbus-Worthington Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, outdoors at the Worthington Square Mall, 150 Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington. Admission is free.

One of the hardest parts of her business is getting into art shows, Stockfish said.

"It's a very competitive field," she said. "You can get into one out of five shows that you apply for. You have to send professional slides of your work and booth and provide an artist's statement when you apply."

The Columbus-Worthington Art Fair is a juried show sponsored by Howard Alan Events.

It comprises 150 artists juried by an independent panel of judges and selected from hundreds of applicants, an event press release said.

All artists are on-site for the show and the public can meet and talk with the artists personally, a press release said.

The artistic media represented include paintings, sculptures, photos, glass, wood, jewelry, collage and ceramics.

For additional information on the Columbus-Worthington Art Fair visit www.artfestival.com or call (954) 472-3755.