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!
Click here to view...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Colorado is joining us!


American Craft Week welcomes Aspen Light Glass Studio in Montrose, Colorado who is joining us to celebrate beautiful craft nationwide. Located at 21 N Junction Ave, the kiln-formed glass studio specializes in glass frit (crushed glass,) paintings and dimensional glass sculpture.
We're looking forward to hear about what special event they will plan for 5-14 October. Be sure to check closer to the time to see what fabulous things they have in store for you. If you're in the Montrose, Colorado area, or just visiting nearby, be sure to stop by to see them. For more information, check their website and start following their blog for lots of cool information and events.

Copyright Aspen Glass. Image courtesy of their website.



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