Wednesday, August 15, 2018

3 very good reasons to sign up with ACW now!

National Exposure - Visitors to the American Craft Week website are looking for events in your area, not just during American Craft Week! One gallery reports that Google Analytics shows a dozen visitors a week to their gallery, originating from the ACW website, in April. Travel writers often search our website for ideas.
It's Easy! - And takes less than 5 minutes. Just head over to the ACW website and sign up. Note: it's free for CRAFT members and just $35 for retailers/artists.
Become Part of a Larger Craft Community - You'll be joining other galleries, shops, studios, artists and festivals to bring national attention to all things handmade in America by proudly displaying the American Craft Week logo. The more of us celebrating & spreading the word, the louder our voice becomes
Join the fun – ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Big congratulations to Blue Ridge, Georgia...

Blue Ridge Arts Association is a participant in American Craft Week AND Blue Ridge, GA, is a 2018 Top Ten Craft Town. It's happening place! The town's website says it all - Perfect for people who love art, good food and the great outdoors!
There's cool music in them thar hills with Pickin' in the Park on Thursdays, movies in the park and great craft and art all around. And don't miss the Contemporary & Southern Folk ArtExzhibit which ends August 25 at the Arts Center. There's the International Paint out September 6-9 and the SAAG National Juried Show October 6-Nov 10... and so much more. Check out the websites before you plan your visit and make the most of it!  ENJOY!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Welcome back to a special participant...

American Craft Week  loves it when friends join us, and when they've been with us since the beginning it's special indeed... so it's big welcome back to SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery, at 401 Second Street, Hudson, WI.
SEASONS on St. Croix Gallery is a wonderful, relaxed arts venue with an eclectic mix of contemporary craft and fine art. You'll enjoy exploring the works of mostly local and regional artists. Their varied collection of glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, wood, metal, fiber, as well as two dimensional fine art, is a kalidescope of great art and craft.
Be sure to stop in and say hello, buy something special for yourself or as a great gift.
Image courtesy of  SEASONS on St Croix website

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Oh yes! Berea, Kentucky is a Top Ten Craft Town

Berea, KY enjoys national recognition as an outstanding craft town.  You can't miss the public art display of the "hands of Berea," click on this link to hear the story of the hands, and to hear the artists explain their work. There's the Berea Craft Festival coming up 13-15  July - don't miss it. 
The Artisan's Village is the lower section of town, and the College area is the upper section. And be sure to make a note of the working artists in town to arrange your visit.
There's lots to see and do so give yourself a few days. Berea is a delight to visit, historic hotel, great eateries and great craft and art..start planning your trip!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Asheville, N.C. a Top Ten Town

Asheville is a haven for artists and crafters nestled in the spectacular Western North Carolina mountains. Be sure to give yourself a few days to visit, there's so much great art and craft you'll need some time there to really enjoy it. A good place to start is to visit the Asheville Area Art Council website -it's chock a block full of information on events, gallery shows, exhibitions and more. Another good resource is Art Connections with Sherry Masters to book a tour. If you time it right in June or October, you can spend hours of enjoyment at the Asheville Art in the Park, a great outdoor art show. Grovewood Village is a must visit historic arts district. The Southern Highlands Guild  in Biltmore Village is renown nationally and internationally. And ofcourse there's Chihuly exhibit the Biltmore House & Gardens - definitely don't want to miss that! 
Well, these are some ideas for you and we could go on and on... but why don'[t you visit our Participant page and get links to so many more good things to do in Asheville, a Top Ten Craft Town par excellence!

Friday, June 15, 2018

ATTENTION: Time's getting short...

American Craft Week Presents Metamorphosis
Repurposed, Recycled, Resourceful Craft

This is like 20 questions, only we don't have SO many questions … just these three:
Do you use recyled materials to create? Do you know some one who does? Do you collect the recycled works of artists and crafters?

If so check out our new competition to find 25 great craft artists... by June 22..that's FRIDAY, June 22. So hurry over to our website and enter yourself or nominate your favorite "recycler!" It's easy...just follow these rules:

We are looking for twenty-five exceptional craft artists who make their art out of recycled materials. We want to know what inspired you, the materials you use, your process, and of course, the end result, your creations.

The national American Craft Week Committee will judge the entries on the following criteria:
1. An impressive body of work demonstrating excellence in design and skill level.
2. The extent to which the original materials were transformed into new art.
3. How much of the art is made from recycled materials.
4. The quality and craftsmanship of the art.
5. Where the general public can see and/or purchase your art.

Entries accepted until midnight, Friday, June 22, 2018.
Go to our website and start now before it's too late

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Highlighting great towns

Congratulations to American Craft Week's Top 10 Craft towns...well deserved indeed. We'll be highlighting each town individually on this blog throughout the year. So join us in celebrating all the winners... and encourage all the runners up. They might not have made the final 10 but everyone's a winner in our book.
Take time to learn about the 10 towns and be sure to visit them...add them to your itinery when you next go on a road trip. Or plan a special weekend away to explore one of these fabulous towns. Maybe celebrate a special anniversary by visiting one. There's all sorts of reasons to detour – you won't be disappointed!
Keep an eye out for each town when it's featured on the blog during the year and get the calendar out to plan that trip. Enjoy!
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