Thursday, September 23, 2010

American Craft Week

"American Craft Week, coming this October 1-10, is a coast-to-coast celebration featuring more than 200 events where the public can meet artisans for whom crafting is a business.

The festivities promise artful and fun answers to the question, What is still made in America?

Watch a weaver, a glassblower, or a cabinetmaker at work. Tour pottery studios or fine craft galleries. Art strolls, exhibitions, open houses, talks, craft demonstrations, trunk shows and festivals are scheduled in more than 40 states. The celebration will culminate with a national symposium, Crafting a Nation, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the enduring value of handmade craft. Consider also the economic benefits of employing Americans to create and sell these beautiful, cherished items, and we can all support and celebrate American craft.

A state-by-state list of American Craft Week activities and participating galleries can be found online here. Appealing to residents and tourists alike, these events feature contemporary and folk crafts in many mediums -- and many of the events are free."

[quoted from the American Craft Week website]

I'll be doing my part via the San Luis Obispo County Open Studios Art Tour the weekend of October 9-10 and again the weekend of October 23-24. You can see a demonstration of woodturning, and the jacquard loom in action. Email me (sandra at 3springshandworks dot com) for more information.

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