Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Welcome to Wyoming!

American Craft Week is delighted the great state of Wyoming is joining us to celebrate craft in October. Casper Art Guild will celebrate Fiber Arts with an open call gallery show for any and all fiber arts. Also featured in October of 2018 is a solo show by Ken Carpenter, woods artist, and an open call Greeting Cards Show. 
They have a fabulous facility in a historic warehouse at 312 W. Midwest Ave. They participate in the Casper Art Walk each month from April through December. They offer a variety of artistic workshop all year. And their gift shop offers the works of artists & craftspeople throughout the year.
If you live in the area, or are just visiting, be sure to stop by and enjoy all they have to offer.
For more information, visit their website




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to find great craft and art?

A couple of blogs back we talked about buying local, finding artists when you visit new destinations. Here's a great way to go about it if you're in North Carolina... sign with the American Craft Week loyal and active participant, Art Connections with Sherry Masters.
The Asheville area is a renown artist haven and Sherry Masters knows the artists and area well. You can take a scheduled planned tour or you can have a tour personalized just for you. She will plan a tour to suit your interests and budget. You get to visit private studios, hidden gems and more. Noting beats hearing the story from the artist about why they create, what they do and how they do it. Spending personal time will be so worth it.

Tour visit to artists studio, photo courtesy of Art Connections website

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Top 10 Craft Towns..the race to the finish is on!

Who will be the American Craft Week 2018 Top Craft Town in the USA? And who will be the final 10? The last few days of voting is here... things get exciting now. St Pete's in Florida is steaming ahead, little Mineral Point in WI is really doing well at the top. And trying to make it in to the final 10 has a couple of towns are battling it out at 10 - 12!! Oh the thrills!
There can be surprises, towns surge, there can be upsets, the competition is fierce and it's all great fun. The prestige of being the top town, or on the final list, is great! So, get your town folks voting, spread the word.... you've only got a few days left. Vote here






Sunday, April 8, 2018

Welcome back to one of ACW stalwarts!

It's time to highlight another great American Craft Week participant... Random Acts of Art in the historic Crayton Cove district of Naples, Florida. This funky, fun and fabulous gallery is a treasure trove - do visit and treat yourself or that someone special. Every delightful piece is guaranteed handmade in America, local artists all.
Random Acts of Act is a strong and active supporter of ACW, and we certainly appreciate them. Why don't you join us alongside Random Acts of Art and celebrate local craft and arts during American Craft week this year? Make sure you note the dates 5-14 October 2018...
We look forward to seeing you soon

All the info you need to visit is on their website... hours of business, location, phone etc,.. so hurry over!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Support your local artists!


"Support your local artist," may sound like a no-brainer, but have you thought about how much it impacts the local economy and community? Say you're on a vacation and want a special memento or a unique gift to take to your best friend. Take the time to find out where the local artists are, which galleries they're in or do they have open studio days? If you buy the perfect unique piece of jewelry, a beautifully blown glass container, a wooden bowl turned to perfection or that piece of pottery you can't resist, it will remind you of your special time. And the money you spent doesn't need to be a huge amount but it will have a big impact if many people spend locally... perhaps it'll help pay for a child's school, to buy groceries, fill a tank of gas... you get the picture.
So, spend some time going through the wonderful participants over the years of American Craft Week, check out their websites – here's an example, Alexis Moyer, one of ACW's 2017 Star Award winners, has pottery which will have you reaching for your wallet without a second thought. If you're in California be sure to look her up.
So, now go buy local craft and art. It will make a big difference and you will have a fun time hearing the stories from the artists or the gallery owner. They make great dinner party stories when you get home ...

Photo of Alexis Moyer courtesy of the artist's website


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Are you voting for your town?

America's Top Ten Craft Towns....
Voting is open for America's Top Ten Craft Towns... are you voting every day for your town? or your favorite craft town? Head over to American Craft Week Facebook page and vote... it's important!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Welcome back to a wonderful participant!



It's always good to see old friends! Every year we love having supportive participants of American Craft Week return for another grand celebration in October. We're going to highlight a participant every so often over the year and today we're delighted to welcome back Vermont Artisan Designs, they are stalwart of ACW. So, welcome back, Vermont Artisan Designs and thank you for your support!
Check out their website, make a note of their info and see how they do it so well!
Vermont Artisan Designs – plus their upstairs’ Gallery 2 – has been an extensive “showcase of fine art and hand-crafted gifts” in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont for more than 40 years
When you’re in southeastern Vermont, be sure to head to 106 Main Street and see this great gallery. They’re open 7 days a week. And they always take part in the local monthly event, First Friday Gallery Walk and are strong supporters of American Craft Week every October.
Phone is (802) 257-7044
Visit and like their facebook page