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Wire artist creates his own world

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

The Ruins Park in Glen Rock featured a two-day Artist Harvest festival Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10, featuring area artists and musicians.

For Shea Garvin of Westminster, Maryland, it was a chance to show off the characters of a world created by the wire artist over the past 15 years that includes magical creatures and a unique language. 

Artist Shea Garvin, of Westminster, Maryland, creates wire creatures of his characters during the Artist Harvest in Ruins Park in Glen Rock, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

"They speak a language based on slang from the 1600s until now from all walks of life," Garvin said. "It's fun to read it in public because people get a different story, everybody does."

Garvin, owner of Sick Ass Cat Studios, creates extremely articulated marionettes from aluminum wire and paper clay. Some wear clothing made of fancy fabric, while others wear armor made of frog skin. 

The characters have names such as Goozyfunder, Felinapurr, Gabba Ghoul and Firefly. Garvles, a play on words that includes elves, gargoyles and Garvin's name, are the creatures he sells at shows. They are little horned beings with big marble eyes. 

Other artists also took to the Ruins with their creations. Local illustration duo Amanda Cleal and David Icon of Stewartstown displayed art featuring their characters Ruppert the Pig and Boomerang the Beagle along with adorning some of the Ruins walls with them. 

 The festival was rounded out with live music performed by musicians including Callie Tomblin, a 19-year-old artist from Red Lion, and Ruben Montoya, a rock and blues guitarist from Baltimore.