Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Welcome to Texas!

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome first time participant Art Connection Gallery from La Grange, Texas. Artist Deborah Johnson started off   and with smallher own small gallery,g then grew so much she opened Art Connection Gallery featuring many artists, crafters, writers and more.  They host a Second Saturday Soiree featuring artists, crafters live music plus food and beverages. Book signings and jewelery trunck shows feature regularly as well.
Check out their website and be sure to pop in and visit them when you're in the area.
Image courtesy of gallery's website

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

New York joins the fun!

American Craft Week welcomes The Gift Hut in Cold Springs, NY! This delightful treasure trove of wooden toys, games, puzzles and more will please children and adults alike.
Stop by and you'll find trains made in Vermont or toys made from recycled materials. All their merchandise is carefully selected.
Follow them on Facebook.. At the moment they're open Friday-Sunday but check out their website. They're very helpful if you need to visit at other times.
Image courtesy of The Gift Hut website


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ACW is delighted to welcome Sterling Creative s of Colorado

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome Sterling Creatives of Colorado.
Located in the NE corner of the state they got together in 2017 to promote art and craft . They aim to provide a space for artists and crafters to exhibit, learn and networking. We're looking forward to seeing what special event they promote during ACW in October!
If you're in the area, pop in to see them... they're open Wednesday thru Sunday from 1:30-5:30 p.m.  All details on their website
Image courtesy of Sterling Creatives website
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

ACW welcomes Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome the impressive Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon.  Baker City is one of the 10 Hidden Gems honorable mention winners. The art center is housed in a beautiful restored Carnegie library. It is without a doubt the cornerstone of the town's active art scene. They host an incredible number of world-class events in all art and craft media. The art center is also an important part of the annual Studio Tour in the first week of October.
Check out their website, ... Plan a road trip to Eastern Oregon to visit this fabulous organization. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Libraries join ACW for free!

Awesome book art in Anchorage, AK library
American Craft Week loves libraries. We love how they nuture reading and creativity in children! Did you know libraries anywhere in the US can join ACW for free? Yes! Sign up, hold a creative event for children and you're in! Many libraries already have great craft events planned annually for children, so .. you don't even have to think of a new event. Just sign up, put up a big banner (or a small one) saying American Craft Week and voila! You've got national coverage. Join the fun, why not? Go talk to your library .. we look forward to welcoming you like the fabulous small library, but with big ideas, in Columbus, New Mexico who signed up straight away! Join us! Join the fun!
Amazing book art from a young Columbus, NM library student




Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Delightful Hidden Gems to explore

American Craft Week's fabulous Hidden Gems for art and craft lovers Top 10, plus 5 runners up, we're unveiled last week. These charming towns are off the beaten path jewels to be explored across the country. Taking a road trip this summer? Add on a couple and go enjoy, and  help spread the word!
https://www.acwshowcase.com/hidden-gems

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Celebrate 10 !

American Craft Week invites you to enter this fun competition! Great prize...$500 and a year subscription to Indieme! Go to our website for details! Hurry...entries must be in by June 23 ...and have fun with it! And,  the please, spread the word!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Warm welcome to Colorado!

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome artist, sculptor and writer Ron Isaacson of Amazar Avians  based in Evergreen, Colorado. Isaacson uses nature, recycled leather and textures to create his Amazar Tales. To delve in to his magical world, head on over to his website
 Artist Ron Isaacson in his studio in Evergreen CO. Photo courtesy of artist's website.



Be sure to sign up to join the fun and celebrate our 10th anniversary during AWC, October 4-13, 2019... sign up before the end of June and get a discounted price of $25!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Give back with craft!

Last year during American Craft Week the fabulous Indigenous Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio joined forces with their local Clay Alliance to host an Empty Bowl event. Proceeds from this worthwhile and fun event helped feed food deprived people in their area.
Check it out and then see how you can work with a charity to benefit your community. There are plenty of other ideas. Research and find what suits you best, stirs your spirit and helps others. And have fun doing it!
Join AWC now to at the reduced fee of $25 and put on your thinking cap...
Beautiful bowls bby talente  potter RYAN DURBIN photo courtesy of Indigenous Gallery website

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Do you know a Hidden Gem?

We're celebrating 10 years of American Craft Week, and in the theme of 10 we're looking for 10 Hidden Gems! Do you know an out of the way, off the beaten path town/village/neighborhood that makes for a great art and craft experience? Please tell us about it. Please go to bit.ly/ACWGem and send us your suggestions. Thank you!



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Enchanting New Mexico talent

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome Columbus, New Mexico, Village Library to this year's 10th birthday celebrations. The library is the heart of this small border town tucked in the SW corner of New Mexico, it is always a hive of activity and they host wonderful art and craft programs. They have some very interesting craft workshops planned for the week of 4-13 October 2019, but if you're in the area in April, don't miss their Celebrating Earth Day with Recycled Arts from April 1 - May 20. The Recycled Books Contest is on 22 April 2019. Local talent shines if last year's winner of the children's section is anything to go by. This incredible recycled Jack Kerouac book was created by 2nd Grader Julian Reyes last year. We look forward to seeing what treasures they create this year during this workshop and during American Craft Week!

Recycled Book. Created by 12th Grader Julian Reyes of Columbus, NM

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Let's Party!! Sign up! sign up!



Have you signed up to join the fun for American Craft Week, 4-13 October 2019? It's our 10th Birthday, we'd love it if you'd help us make it very special.
There's an early bird special rate of $25 if you sign up before June 30, so don't delay. It takes 5 minutes online...so, please, sign up now... this link takes you to the sign up page. What could be easier? 
We look forward to seeing what you've got planned!
"Se" you at the party ... where ever it is you hold a great craft event for our birthday 🎉

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Get your State involved!

Last year the American Craft Week Star Award for Exceptional Support from the Public Sector went to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD.) A well deserved award. TDTD supports Tennessee Craft Week (check out one of their fabulous videos below) with an annual monetary sponsorship - and this makes a big difference. State support can really make an impact on the craft & arts industry. And the craft and arts industry is a big money earner for states. It should be a natural partnership.
Find out how your state is involved in promoting the creative economy and what more they could do. Raise awareness - a creative community enriches every day life. Make sure people discover, and joins, American Craft Week - ACW highlights the crafts on a national scale. Help us, help your state and help local crafts and artists! 
And mark your calendar for 4-13 October 2019 for this is our 10th anniversary. It's special!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Plan ahead to visit Baker City, Oregon in October


AmericanCraft Week's 2018 Star Award for a group event went to Oregon's Baker City Studio Tour, a fabulous feast of mediums and artists. Did you attend this event? 
How about you visit Baker City, Ore., this year for their studio tour? It's definitely a treat. Gather friends, check out the websites, plan a mini vacation (maybe stay at the fabulous restored Geiser-Grand Hotel on Main Street) and then let us know how great it was – and what you enjoyed the most! Artists (and the studio tour organisers) love to hear how they're doing!
A weaver demonstrates her craft at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker CIty, Ore.
Whatever activity you choose to attend, participate in, organise or follow be sure to mark your calendars for the dates 4-13 October, 2019 for the 10th Anniversary of American Craft Week.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Need suggestions to celebrate with us?

It's our 10th anniversary this year, let's celebrate - we'd love you to join us during 4-13 October 2019, all you need to do is host an event during American Craft Week
So, what can you do to celebrate with us? Here's a few suggestions... there are loads more ideas out there but here's a start:
+ If you're a gallery, have 10 of your craft artists do a demonstration of their craft. It's a great way to introduce people to a variety of crafts.
+ Get your artists and crafters to create a piece on the subject of "10" - maybe at a special event and give them 10 minutes/20 minutes etc to complete it. It's fun and gets everyone involved.
+ Arrange an evening art stroll and organise events at 10 neighboring businesses based on a craft theme.
+ Feature 2 craft artists every day for 5 days.
+ Arrange an artist talk at a library to broaden children's ideas on craft - make it fun around a 10 theme.
and...
we bet you can come up with some really cool ideas. You don't have to base the events around the number 10, we just thought it might be fun. Our main aim is you celebrate American crafters and artists all over the country and the beauty they create. Put on your thinking hats and let's get creative!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Please help us get to 10,000 followers on Facebook!!


The New Year celebrations have settled - now it's 2019 … a great time and as it's a brand New Year to celebrate American Craft Week - and especially since it's out 10th anniversary year, we'd love your help to get us to 10,000 Facebook followers! We're so close it would be cool to reach our goal this year. 
👍 Please like our Facebook page as an individual – business pages don't show up in the count! Please share with your friends. 
We thank you for all your support and enthusiasm, We appreciate you, and all the crafters and artists who keep the creative spirit aflame – plus thank you to all collectors who appreciate good craft.
Now, let's get that number up to 10,000 … ready - steady - GO!! 💖
And please, MARK YOUR CALENDARS now so you don't miss the fun!