Sanford: ‘Arts on Perquimans’ to promote arts, raise funds


Ed Sanders


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Sunday, September 29, 2019

As president of the Perquimans Arts League, Ed Sanford strives to both engage the community in the arts and provide opportunities for more people to participate in them.

Sanford is hoping PAL can do both with its 9th annual Arts and Craft Show, “Arts on the Perquimans,” on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be held at the Perquimans County Recreation Center.

“It’s a great day to come out and bring your family,” said Sanford.

Both juried artists and artisans will be displaying jewelry, pottery, crafts, woodworking and paintings at the show. The event will also feature food vendors.

Sanford said the arts and crafts show serves as a fundraiser for the Perquimans Arts League. The organization hopes to renovate a building on 133 N. Church Street in Hertford that it can use as its new home.

Sanford said PAL’s new site will provide room for workshops and classes, and offer gallery space for artists to display their work.

Originally from Maryland, Sanford moved to Perquimans with his wife, Velvet, in 2004. The couple had vacationed at the Outer Banks for several years, and they decided to retire in Perquimans.

Sanford said his wife, who is a quilter and works with fiber arts, was a member of PAL before he joined.

Photography has been a passion of Sanford’s since he was 7, when his mother bought him and his two sisters a camera to share.

“I focused on landscapes, because I like the beauty of the earth,” he said.

Sanford’s travels have allowed him to capture some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world. On a trip last year to Iceland, he was able to take a photograph of a sunrise that captured the land’s beauty.

“For me it is a continued learning experience,” said Sanford. “I haven’t taken my best picture yet.”

On other trips to Normandy and South America, Sanford has always kept his camera close at hand. However, he says that some of his “best pictures are closer to home.”

Sanford enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and two grandchildren.

Sanford’s photographs may be viewed online at https://www.edsanfordphotography.com/.

For more information about the Perquimans Arts League, visit the organization’s Facebook page or website at http://www.perquimansarts.org/.