Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Art Therapy in the Time of Covid winners

Artist Susan Wiersema of Bainbridge Island, Washington State, one of the winners in the exhibit

Have you seen all the fabulous winners of American Craft Week Art Therapy in the Time of Covid art contest yet? Click here right away and check them all out. It's an amazing exhibit ... enjoy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cape Anne Artisans plan 2 summer mini-studio tours July 18 and August 15

Cape Anne Artisans plan two special “mini-tours” in July and August. Many of the artists can't open their studios because of Covid-19. However, a few can and they have scheduled Saturday, 18 July and 15 August to hold a mini-tour from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. They encourage you to make an appointment, but it is not essential, and Covid-19 rules will apply, so please wear a face mask, practise social distancing and use hand sanitizer. Remember to look for the pink tour banners!
The participating Gloucester artists (with links to websites) are ;
Jillian Demeri, Beth Williams Studio, Cape Ann Designs - Jacqueline Ganim-Defalco, Plum Cove Pottery - David Archibald.
The Participating Rockport artists are :
Cynthia Curtis, Pam Stratton, Twin Lights Studio – Scott and Erin O'Sullivan-Place
For details, the Cape Anne Artisans website has information and links.
American Craft Week encourages you to attend these mini studio tours, support local craft and art... and have fun but please, be safe! Please also share this notice on your social media and to your friends. Thank you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Please Support Crafting The Future

Shanti Broom, a Crafting the Future recipient, during her 2019 summer workshop at Penland School of Crafts.
 Photo courtesy of Crafting The Future's website
American Craft Week  promotes all American craft and crafters/artists with enthusiasm. And when crafters/artists help other crafters/artists, we love it even more. So we'd like to introduce you to Crafting the Future. Their website explains, "Crafting The Future is a collective of artists concerned about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of craft, art and design. We formed in order to change our community. Working together and combining resources, we support the careers of young, underrepresented artists by connecting them to opportunities that will help them thrive."
Crafting the Future partners with organizations around the country, such as the renown Penland School of Craft  in North Carolina, The Haystack School in Maine and YAYA, a youth arts organization in New Orleans, La. They raise funds through subscriptions, grants and kickstarters to enable crafters to attend workshops and courses in their field.
Whether you're an artist or crafter, a collector or a passionate supporter of the arts, please consider helping. Check out, and follow, their website and Instagram
We wish them, and the talented recipients, continued success in this wonderful endeavour.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Vermont Virtual Spring Studio Tour, May 23 and 24 - don't miss it!

For 27 years bright yellow signs have popped up all over the verdant state of Vermont to direct visitors to art studios and galleries for the VT Spring Studio Tour.  This year Covid19 has put a dent in the long tradition, so the Vermont Craft Council and their artists quickly adapted and are holding a virtual studio tour this weekend, May 23 and 24.
Check out the website for information.  Artists have pictures of their work with links to their social media pages, websites and videos showing their studio space and working styles.  You browse through them and be sure to have the credit card ready ... there are wonderful treasures to be found.  It all starts at 8 a.m. this Saturday, May 23... enjoy!

Sculpture by metal artist Steve Bronstein of Blackthorne Forge. image courtesy of VT Craft website

Friday, May 15, 2020

Art therapy in the time of Covid19 ... artist contest

American Craft Week has announced the artist contest for 2020. Check it out - there's a $500 prize for the winner... and more, plus the top finalists will be featured in the showcase website. Check out the rules, download the application form...get really good photos and apply before 12 June.  Links on the website. Good luck! 🌟

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

How are you promoting your work during quarantine?

Artists, crafters, businesses are all trying new ways to promote themselves in this time of lockdowns and change. Some already had an active online presence, others are just starting. Sending out challenges is something many have done. Or special offers on certain pieces. Virtual studio tours. Videos showing their process of creating. Search art groups for ideas. Facebook haslots of creative groups...join some and experiment with news techniques, ask questions, don't be afraid to make mistakes.
What have you done? Let us know, please share with us and the world ...
I'll leave you with this great time lapsed video of Athens, Georgia based artist, Will Eskridge. Its a wonderful glimpse into his creative process. Will is a full time professional artist, so working from his home studio is not too different for him. He's a talented painter, musician (yes..the background music is his own composition) and he's pretty nifty with technology.  Check out his website and blog and see the various challenges & ideas he's tried.
We're all in this together - let's help each other.
Video courtesy of artist

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Did you know? Libraries can sign up for free!

American Craft Week loves libraries! ACW offers all libraries free participation. It's a wonderful way to involve your community in crafts, reading and a grand time. The library plans to hold a craft event during the week of 2-11 October 2020 and lists it on our participants page and then it's seen around the nation. How cool is that? Please help us and spread the word! It takes just a few minutes to sign up online, here is the link to our sign up page.