Sally Irwin Price “An Amazing Creative Spirit”

One of Sally’s masterpieces, her White Father Christmas tree, along with a favorite poem she hand printed... “Walk to the edge, Laugh. Play with abandon. Appreciate your friends. Stand by family. Choose the celebrations which have meaning. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

One of Sally’s masterpieces, her White Father Christmas tree, along with a favorite poem she hand printed… “Walk to the edge, Laugh. Play with abandon. Appreciate your friends. Stand by family. Choose the celebrations which have meaning. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

1931 – 2016

Sally Price was an amazing creative spirit. As the longtime director of Baycrafters, Sally brought to the community keynote creations of pure imagination, events like The Renaissance Fayre and the floating of The Fuller House over Lake Erie to create gallery space.

Sally died last week at the age of 84.

Sally Price painting her elves in preparation for the Renaissance Fayre held in Bay Village for nearly 30 years.

Sally Price painting her elves in preparation for the Renaissance Fayre held in Bay Village for nearly 30 years.

While her family grieves, the community pauses to pay homage to Sally and the indelible mark she made by touching artists one at a time. Whether you were a medieval performer at the Fayre, a noted painter like Mary Deutschman, or a child taking Baycrafter classes, Sally offered a portal to joy.

“My Hittyville Crafters was inspired by my many years associated with Baycrafters,” says Vicki Elliott Miller, whose line of miniatures combine to make an enchanted world where ‘daily living, dolls, and dreams happily live together.’  The sentiment captures the essence of Sally.

Vicki Elliott Miller’s Hittyville Crafters was inspired by Baycrafters... “Sally Price and I are on the front porch steps surrounded by Beatrix Potter, Grandma Moses, Frida Kahlo, and Tasha Tudor. Sally’s spirit lives on.”

Vicki Elliott Miller’s Hittyville Crafters was inspired by Baycrafters… “Sally Price and I are on the front porch steps surrounded by Beatrix Potter, Grandma Moses, Frida Kahlo, and Tasha Tudor. Sally’s spirit lives on.”

“Sally Price was the heart and soul of this art colony and I will forever be grateful for her amazing creative spirit,” adds Vicki.

Sitting within the deep shade of the front porch of the Baycrafter’s Gallery House on a June day, the sparkling blue waters of Lake Erie in the distance were always an invitation to settle into Sally’s serendipitous world of creation.

Sally was good at dreaming. She was an artist who made magic. “She was truly my artistic mentor and I was devastated to hear of her passing,” says Vicki. “But, Sally will remain with me forever… in Hittyville and my art!”

Many share that sentiment as Sally is recalled with love, a community treasure to be honored forever. So long, Sally. And thank you.

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