Wednesday, October 10, 2018

American Craft Week in full swing at Quad City Arts!

Quad City Arts covers a large area - 37 counties in 2 states...Iowa and Illinois, it's an active arts scene indeed.  If you're in or near Rock Island, Iowa this week, you mustn't miss American Craft Week celebrated at Quad City Arts. The exhibit"Breathe",  by artists Carol Hamilton and Matt Pulford  at the lovely gallery is definitely a must see. The whole area has wonderful public art...sculptures, Art @ the Airport, performing arts, visiting artists and much more. Check out the website for all the details.
They also create a pop up gallery once a year and loads of cool events. Be sure to support this great participant in American Craft Week.
Enjoy the fun week!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Connecting with Craft in Arkansas this Saturday!

Arkansas is going all out this American Craft Week with an exciting, action packed schedule, Connectingwith Craft” Meet the artisans, explore their crafts & enjoy the beauty of Stone County Mountain View, Arkansas – – Connecting with Craft is a free event on October 6, 2018 during American Craft Week.
Stone County is known for the quality and artistry of its crafts people. They have a great day planned with events including the handmade traditions of the Ozarks, the craft artisans of Stone County, Arkansas, and the natural beauty that inspires their works.
Connecting with Craft will begin in Mountain View on Saturday, October 6, with a special open house in the Craft Village Ozark Folk Center State Park from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Throughout the day, craft artisans will be demonstrating in shops around the Courthouse Square in Mountain View, including the Arkansas Craft School, the Arkansas Craft Gallery, at the Stone County Museum’s Painting Place, and at Blanchard Springs Caverns at the Springs. To cap it all off there will be craft beer, a reception and prize drawings at Gravity BrewWorks near Big Flat at the close of the day. To be entered in the prize drawing, share your experiences throughout the day on your favorite social media. Use the hashtag #ConnectingwithCraft
The list of events is fabulous – and there's plenty to keep you busy and excited... it'll be a phenomenal American Craft Week in Arkansas! Check out these links for a list of events: WEBSITE    FACEBOOK

Image courtesy of their Facebook page

Monday, October 1, 2018

Gatlinburg, Tenn., rates high on the Top Ten List..and so does the whole state!

A Gatlinburg crafter demonstrates his craft
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, a setting perfectly suited to get the creative juices going, Gatlinburg in Tennessee is proud to be on the American Craft Week's Top Ten Craft Towns this year. And rightly so...there's crafts, arts and music in the air - and on land - there. In fact, not only Gatlinburg boasts tons of creative outlets. the whole state is artistic! So, with so much going on around there, this tip might make it easier for you:
Go to the ACW participant page and get the Tennessee list from there...another great resource is the Tennessee Craft Week website. Yes, the state has a statewide craft week in conjunction with American Craft Week - isn't that fabulous? Please support them all for their great efforts and ENJOY this American Craft Week 2018 in Tennessee. And a big bravo to Gatlinburg for making the 2018 top ten list.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania is a Top Ten!

Well, it might be more than one town but without a doubt, Cumberland Valley is a Top Ten Craft destination and regularly finds it's place on American Craft Week's annual list. There's so much to discover so give yourself plenty of time - days in fact!
TheVillage Artisans Gallery. Photo courtesy their website
One of the driving forces behind this creative place is The Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, Pa. You'll not only find a fabulous diverse choice of cool craft but you'll also get a wealth of information about the area... they know the region and it's artists well. Another Boiling Springs must visit is Metalledwith - their website notes they are ' jewelry inspired by nature and crafted by hand.'
In Carlisle there's the American Artisan Gallery, the Carlisle Arts & Learning Center, Meadowbrook Gourds and the Greatest Gift. There's more in Mechanicsburg and Latrobe. You getting the idea? The area is loaded with great places to visit. Go to American Craft Week's participant page , highlight Pennsylvania - get the list and hit the road...enjoy!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Have fun at Pine Lake Fest, Georgia during American Craft Week!

The first weekend of October 6-7 is the start of the best best week American Craft Week and if you're in the area, it's time to head to the Pine Lake Fest in Georgia....

Just North of Atlanta, and one of Georgia’s smallest cities but they host a big event, Pine Lake is a haven for artists. Now in its 18th year, Pine LakeFest curates a group of 50 artists and crafts people of all disciplines to display their wares within view of the lake.
Go enjoy the crafts like Unique Craft Baskets and Peace of Thread... there's many more... metal work, glass work and there's paintings and photography.
Don't forget the music, the food and the fun. Check out all that's on offer, plus the times and directions on the Pine Lake Fest website
   And have a great time during American Craft Week at the Pine Lake Fest!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Big welcome to Baker City Studio Tour in Oregon

Nestled in beautiful North East Oregon, Baker City oozes art and history. And every first weekend in October they host a fabulous diverse art studio tour - this year we're delighted to welcome to American Craft Week first time participants, the Baker City Studio Tour.
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Baker City, Ore.
During the first weekend in October local area artists open their studios to the public for the Baker City Studio Tour, which also includes a stop at the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center and other local galleries or facilities. The galleries host individual artists who can not open their studio to the public to demonstrate their craft, plus the organizations put on special exhibits for the tour. 
Centrally located at 2020 Auburn Ave., the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, is an art corner stone for the town and the surrounding area. The old Carnegie library has been transformed in to a first class art center in an impressive building and what is inside is just as impressive.
Artist Mike Meyers, photo credit Base Camp Baker
The studio tour features approximately 20-25 individual artists covering a range of artistic media from sculpture, pottery, wood work, painting, mosaic and fibre art. Follow their updates on their blog. Get the brochure and map and head out to see the artists at work in their studios, talk with them about their process and buy yourself, or someone special, a unique gift. You can be sure of a warm welcome during American Craft Week at the Baker City Studio Tour in NE Oregon.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Brattleboro, great craft town

Vermont has a host of great artists and crafters throughout the state but one of the mainstays of their creative culture is Brattleboro. The town regularly finds a place on American Craft Week's Top Ten Craft Towns, and rightly so. It is set in beautiful countryside and nurtures the creative soul.
One of the driving forces behind the town's artistic soul is an American Craft Week long time supporter, Vermont Artisan Designs.
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
Located at 106 main Street in the heart of town, it is a cornucopia of wonderful craft and art. They feature established and emerging artists from Vermont and throughout the North East. They are active participants in the First Friday Gallery Walk held every month and constantly promote their town and the arts.
And don't miss the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center, another member of the gallery walk. There are lots of great venue choices.
The gallery walk has a downloadable map of all the venues, so head to their website to get all the info.
Be sure to spend some time in Brattleboro - especially if you can stroll through town during the Gallery Walk to discover all the creative places.