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September 23, 2018

Balloon Artwork In High Demand Around The Area

OSWEGO, NY – A few twists and turns and presto – another work of art and another smiling child.

Trevyn Bryant is all smiles after receiving his balloon dog.Haley Snyder’s medium is balloons.

You can find her at various festivals and special events around the area, such as the Oswego Framers’ Market. Usually, she is surrounded by a large group of youngsters asking her to cerate something special for them.

She comes prepared, with a bag of 250 (sometimes more) of the special balloons in a variety of colors.

A crowd circles the Balloon Lady as they wait their turn to get a special creation at the Oswego Farmers’ Market.“When I was 11 years old, I signed up for a summer program through SUNY Oswego called the Sheldon Institute. Through this program, I was able to take exciting mini-courses in different areas of interest. One class was a Clowning class,” she said.

It was during that class that she discovered the art of balloon twisting.

“I was hooked ever since then. It’s been 19 years now, and I am still creating balloon sculptures,” she noted.

She first started making the balloon swords, hats, animals and other figures the summer after the Sheldon Institute.

“With the help of my mother and sister, I participated in my first Harborfest at 12. Soon after, I was at the Oswego County Fair and the farmers’ market,” she said.

After all these years, why does she continue to be a ‘balloon artist?’ One would think her hands would get tired.

“I don’t think I could ever get tired of making balloon animals. And, as for my hands … everyone asks me that! Normally, no, they don’t hurt. But, ask me how they feel after the Fall Jamboree or the Great Pumpkin Fest,” she explained with a smile.

The most popular balloons are definitely the princess hat for girls and the sword for boys, she pointed out.

“Everyone wants to be a princess or a knight!” she said.

At Thursday’s farmers’ market, close to a dozen youngsters asked her to create balloon swords in just a few minutes after she arrived.

Haley the Balloon Lady presents Dakota Burnswick with a balloon sword. Looking on is Vickie Burnswick.The swords all came with the same caveat: “Don’t hit people with those and don’t scrape them on the sidewalk or else they’ll break.”

More and more kids are seeking her creations.

Last week she nearly ran out of balloons at the farmers’ market. Thursday night she again came very close to exhausting her supply.

“I can’t really explain it. It’s just something about balloons … the children just love them,” she said.

At the market, she created dozens of swords and princess hats as well as teddy bears and bunny rabbits.

Her son, Nate, is “an awesome 10-year-old skateboarder.”

Not content to make just a sword for her son, she once created what every good knight should have.

“I made a full suit of armor on my son. He couldn’t sit down,” she said.

She also made a set of six-foot palm trees, fully equipped with balloon coconuts, for a Hawaii-themed business party.

And, she can also keep things simple.

“I think the funniest balloon I made was when my nephew asked me for a snake,” she recalled. “I blew up a balloon and just handed it to him like that. He was absolutely amazed.”

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7 Responses “Balloon Artwork In High Demand Around The Area”

  1. Darlene Wood
    June 13, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Good work Haley ,,Keep the Kids Happy,,,,We love you ,,Brianna

  2. Shanna
    June 13, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Way to go Haley!! Your such a great person, and hey balloon animals are fun for all ages!!

  3. Sinaminika
    June 13, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Very cool Haley ~!

  4. Kristin
    June 14, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Haley Snyder, balloon artist and BFF! Way to go lady!

  5. Lady Arachnia
    June 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Keep up the good work Haley!

  6. June 16, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for the great article, Steve, and thank you to the kids of Oswego! I couldn’t do what I do without them.

  7. chanse
    June 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    aunt haley, you are so awesome!!! i love you


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