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

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 



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

VOTE! oh yes you must....


Here's a heads up folks! 
Voting for the Top Ten Craft Towns starts March 15... and there's room on the ballot for a couple more. Do you think your town should be listed? Go to the American Craft Week Facebook page, add it to the poll and start voting. Time is short.... it is a great boost for your town, travel writer's follow the competition every year. 
But you have to vote! Round up your town's fans and vote....and have fun.



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Be inspired


Joining us for American Craft Week is easy and we want you to have fun. We ask you to arrange one event at least during the week. This can be a demonstration of throwing pots on a wheel, an artist talk to an elaborate multi-media group exhibit. You can get a number of arts related businesses near you to join up and throw an arty party for a weekend with studio tours, gallery events and performance art. Whatever works for you, the activities help the chorus of voices to highlight how important our crafts are to the quality of life and the economy of our communities.
So, now you've signed up to join us in 2018 and you need some ideas to get the creative juices going? Try checking out what previous participants have done.
A fabulous example for an exhibit during American Craft Week is North Carolina's Asheville Area Arts Council. They were the winner of the 2017 Star Award for "The Perfect ACW Exhibit." Check out all our Star Award winners AND other participants...they're all are fabulous!

Friday, February 23, 2018

We're looking for you to join us

Are you an individual artist?..join us! Should your organization, studio or shop be an American Craft Week participant? Join us! It's time to sign up for this years celebration, Oct. 5-14. Get more information & sign up now



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Save the Date

Time to start thinking of creative ways to celebrate American Craft Week!  It's never too early to be prepared...first, sign up to join us and then put on your creative thinking cap... we'll share ideas to inspire you over the next few months. Looking forward to seeing you