Tuesday, December 10, 2013

American Craft Week Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Official Celebration Dates: Oct. 3-12, 2014

It began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft.  Now, entering its fifth year, American Craft Week is a well-established, national event, celebrating the tradition of American craft in artists’ studios, galleries, museums, schools, and festivals.  This year’s official celebration will be held Oct. 3 - 12, during which hundreds of diverse events will occur in all 50 states.

“American Craft Week has caught the imagination of so many supporters,” said Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of the event.  “With the growing appreciation of both artisan products and American-made goods, craft is highly regarded for its strong design, quality materials, expert workmanship and enduring value.” Since its inception in 2010, American Craft Week has grown from 240 to more than 1000 participating events, all inviting the general public to enjoy a wide variety of educational, commercial, charitable and festive ways to celebrate craft.

Co- chair, Sherry Masters points out that American Craft Week is having considerable growth in the cultural tourism arena.  “Many regions have found American Craft Week an excellent way to attract visitors.  Organizers wrap a large number of craft-related events, artist studios, and galleries into a large celebration, and market it to both locals and tourists.” In the coming year, American Craft Week officials hope to attract more arts councils, arts districts, and tourism organizers to use the marketing power of American Craft Week to create distinctive, interesting events.
American Craft Week has also found heartening financial support from the craft community.  As an example, this past year Thos. Moser, makers of fine furniture handcrafted in Maine, donated a portion of its sales during American Craft Week to the event. “Celebrating craft is core to who we are,” said Tom Moser, founder of Thos. Moser.  “While in recent years the artisan movement has been strong, especially in the design and culinary worlds, we still have work to do. Giving craft a place of importance is imperative to keeping America strong and vibrant. Encouraging people to value well designed, hand crafted items that have a reverence for materials, and will last for generations is what the American Craft movement, and frankly, we at Thos. Moser are all about.  It’s only right that we support this organization with vital resources.”

American Craft Week invites participation from every corner of the American craft community.  “The very essence of our event is to bring together everyone who is involved in craft, whether they make, sell, exhibit, celebrate, collect, or just plain love craft, to help put it in the national spotlight,” says Diane Sulg.  “You can design your own craft-centered event and become part of this national movement.” For more information, go to www.americancraftweek.com.

The fifth annual American Craft Week will be held Oct. 3-12 in cities and towns across the nation. With hundreds of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools, as well as fairs and festivals, it is the premier public celebration of handmade craft in America. American Craft Week is a program of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of American craft. For more information, visit http://www.Americancraftweek.com.

About Thos. Moser
Built in Maine, Thos. Moser furniture is 100% American-designed, engineered and built. Simple yet sophisticated, Thos. Moser pieces celebrate the natural beauty of wood with unembellished, graceful lines that echo numerous historic antecedents including traditional and modern forms – ranging from Shaker, Arts & Crafts, Mission, Bauhaus, Asian and Danish Modern. Expert in designing, engineering and building in solid wood, the company draws from its 40 years of experience to craft furniture designed to last many lifetimes. A dedication to exquisite design and exceptional craftsmanship is intended to transform a workspace or home into an inspired environment. Each piece of Thos. Moser furniture uses carefully selected American hardwoods obtained from small growers within 350 miles of the Maine workshop. For more information, visit www.thosmoser.com.

The 2013 American Craft Week was sponsored by:
Thos. Moser, American Craft Council, CERF+, NY NOW, Vermontvacations.com, wholesalecrafts.com, Alexander & Lehnert Fine Jewelers, Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Georgia Made Georgia Grown, John C. Campbell Folk School, Kentucky Crafted, Pike Place Market, Q Evon Jewelry, Southern Highland Craft Guild, America’s Alpaca, Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, Long Trail Brewery, Mountain Made Gallery, nextdayflyers.com, Paradise City Arts Festival, Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair, River Arts District Artists

Friday, October 18, 2013

Support American Craft Week on Kickstarter

American Craft Week launched its first Kickstarter fundraiser earlier this week.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, this is a "crowdfunding" web platform devoted to creative projects. 

Our goal in the coming year is to expand American Craft Week by reaching Arts Councils, Arts Districts, and Visitors' Bureaus and those who are looking for events geared to cultural tourism.  This Kickstarter can provide the funds for printing an exciting American Craft Week Kit to reach out to these groups.

The idea is that if lots of people support our project with a little money, it will add up to what we need to launch ACW 2014.

You can support us at any level.  We truly appreciate any and all pledges. 

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition.  We will not be funded at all unless we raise at least $3,000.  Your card will not be charged until the project is totally funded.

The names of all funders will be listed on the ACW website. At each level there are also some pretty fine craft items you can earn as rewards for your participation.

The American Craft Week committee has spent hundreds of hours planning this Kickstarter, writing the scripts, filming, developing graphics, choosing the rewards and guiding us through the maze of requirements during set-up.  We appreciate your feedback and support!  Please help us launch an amazing American Craft Week 2014!

Please take a close look at our project.  Log on now and pledge your support

And feel free to spread the word for us. Share the project with your friends! Share it on Facebook & Twitter! Every little bit helps! 

Thank you so much!

The American Craft Week Committee

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ACW in November Crafts Report

Have you gotten your copy of the November Crafts Report? There's a great 6 page article about American Craft Week. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

An Amazing Offer from Thos. Moser

American Craft Week takes great pleasure in this announcement of tremendous support from the Thos. Moser company.

We are profoundly grateful for this support and invite you to  see this exquisitely crafted furniture at one of their six showrooms and on-line. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

North Georgia Art Ramble Celebrates

Welcome, participants of the North Georgia Art Ramble to American Craft Week! 

The Ramble participated last year, but is making a statement THIS YEAR... As makers, retailers and advocates of handmade craft, they revel in marketing and selling their art for use in buyers' every day lives.
From The Fork Diner in Calhoun - and its gallery of local artists' work - to Artistic Adventures in Suwanee, you can dine on local cuisine, try your hand at a pottery wheel classes and get to know makers of the stunning and awesome displaying at star quality festivals.

Spring Place Pottery & Artists' Gallery in downtown Cartersville, just named winner of the People's Choice Award for the Best Shoppe in Bartow County, kicks off American Craft Week by staying opened until 8pm. Throughout the week, they will be hosting artists at work and including free gifts with $30 or more purchases.Gail Freeman and her makers invite you to come start your holiday shopping early. They've been stocking the shelves with well-crafted new ideas and favorites.

Ann Art Gallery near Canton, has created an elegant space where people of all backgrounds can relate to, acquire and create art. The Gallery is welcoming to old friends and new visitors every weekend.

Potters Fred & Laura Ellis and Triny Cline/Mike Sherrer will be showing at John C. Campbell Folk School's Fall Festival in Brasstown NC October 5-6 and at Praters' Mill Country Fair in Varnell/Dalton GA that next weekend.  Jimmy & Marlene Hopkins of The Steel Managerie are at John C. Campbell as well as Gay GA's Cotton Pickin' Fair and the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. Nancy Cann, extraordinary glass artist and Niche Award Winner, shows at the Norcross (GA) Art Fest.

If you are in Jasper GA during the festivities, stop in at Sharp Top Arts Association to see the Fiber Art Show. The Artist Trunk Sale & Artist Exchange is on October 5. And the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton GA hosts Women: Spirit, Beauty and Nature, a national art show featuring new paintings by Elizabeth Samoluk and Donna McGowan of Georgia & Millie Kenyon and Joann Milam of New Mexico.

Thank you, North Georgia Art Ramble, for joining makers from coast to coast and border to border in this annual celebration of American Craft!

ACW in Pennsylvania

Over 20 arts events in Pennsylvania Oct. 4-13

With a strong community of talented artisans, craft studios, galleries and organizations promoting the region’s crafts, Pennsylvania is a predictable hot spot for this year’s American Craft Week, Oct. 4-13. 

More than 20 event locations in Pennsylvania will present one of the nation’s largest regional celebrations of American Craft.  Residents and tourists alike will be treated to exhibits, demonstrations, markets, lectures and more in Cumberland Valley, Boiling Springs, Boyertown, Carlisle, Lancaster, Ligonier, Mechanicsburg, Newport, Philadelphia, and Reading.

“2013 marks the fourth year of American Craft Week celebrations. Each year the participation becomes stronger, attracting more artists, sponsors and fans,” says Diane Sulg, co-chair of American Craft Week.  “This year, we’ll have nearly 1,000 events with over tens of thousands attendees throughout the nation.” 

Regional sponsors for American Craft Week include the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair (at Rittenhouse Square).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2013 Press Release


For further information
Diane Sulg, Co-chair

Support and Buy Handmade During American Craft Week

  October 4-13, 2013 Marks Fourth Celebration

This fall, Americans in all 50 states will be celebrating the art of handmade craft. From Oct. 4 to 13, American Craft Week will feature hundreds of diverse events in galleries and artist studios, museums and schools, as well as at fairs and festivals.

“American Craft Week shows us how craft enhances our lives, makes us feel good and brings people together,” said Diane Sulg, co-chair of American Craft Week. “By taking part in the celebration, people are joining in on the trend of buying products made in America while shopping locally.”

Since its inception in 2010, American Craft Week has grown from 240 to nearly 1000 participating events. “Many regions have found American Craft Week an excellent way to connect with fall tourists to their area,” said Sherry Masters, co-chair of American Craft Week. “The celebration brings together individuals, small businesses and organizations while providing an opportunity to learn a craft or acquire that one-of-a-kind work of art.”

Involvement in American Craft Week is open to everyone, from craft artists to retailers to schools and beyond. To learn how to become a participant, visit Americancraftweek.com. The website provides numerous tools to plan and promote American Craft Week events.

The fourth annual American Craft Week will be held Oct. 4-13 in cities and towns across the nation. With hundreds of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools, as well as fairs and festivals, it is the premier public celebration of handmade craft in America. American Craft Week is a program of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of American craft. For more information, visit http://www.Americancraftweek.com.