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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Vermont Studio Tour dates to note

American Craft Week loves studio tours...and these two studio tours are awesome.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Vermont Studio Spring Tour, May 23/24  & the Autumn Tour in October, dates to be announced. It's the spring tours 28th birthday! And this will be the 10th Autumn Tour. Check out the Vermont Crafts Council website and Facebook page to get all the latest info, maps and updates.
Be there..and enjoy!
Glas tumblers by Matt Seaholtz. Image courtesy of Vermont Crafts Council Facebook page

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Congratulations to Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City, OR, Star Award 2019

American Craft Week celebrates 2019 Star Award winner for Exceptional Nonprofit Support, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City, OR. Crossroads is without a doubt the backbone of the area's arts scene. They are strong supporters of the annual studio tour, offer workshops, exhibitions and their outreach program is exceptional. During 2019 ACW one of their events was to bring in K-2 students on a field trip from Keating Elementary, a remote, rural traditional one-room schoolhouse. A children's author read a book to them and then they all illustrated scenes from the book. What a wonderful day for those children! Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. If you're in the Eastern part of Oregon, don't miss Crossroads!
Image of students courtesy Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center

Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City OR

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Meet a loyal ACW participant, Random Acts of Art from Florida

American Craft Week loves our great supporters and participants! Meet the magical Random Acts of Art based in the historic district of Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida. This is a cornucopia of fine, with some whimsical and fun, handmade craft. Be sure to stop by when you're in the area. Check their website and Facebook page for more information. Enjoy!
Image courtesy Random Acts of Art Facebook page