Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Meet Ann Sanicola Jewelry from Cochise, Arizona

 

American Craft Week is delighted to welcome first time participant, Ann Sanicola Jewelry from AZ to ACW2020. Her work specializes in bracelets, earrings and necklaces using local stone. Anne notes, "All are one of a kind pieces which grew out of stones, which tell me their stories. " 

Check out her website to see samples of her creations, read her story & give her a big welcome to ACW2020.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Welcome to Racine Art Museum, in Racine, Wisconsin

 


ACW2020 is delighted to welcome the wonderful Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin.  The museum presents craft in a variety of media - ceramics, fibre, wood, glass and metal amoung others, and they dispel any differentiation between fine art and craft and between artist and craftsman.  They like to emphasize the ideas behind the work. 

If you can't visit in person this time ... but do try!.. be sure to visit their website to see examples of their excellent collection - including a huge teapot collection in various media - and their current exhibitions.



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Welcome to Dinkra Stylez from Maryland

 

We're delighted to welcome teen owned and operated craft design firm, Dinkra Stylez of Brandywine, MD to ACW2020. Her mission is to create colourful, fun and engaging products to promote literacy about African heritage. Check out her website and watch 'her story' video ... it's very cool. Brava and good luck to this determined and talented young lady!



Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Mountain Made in Asheville, N.C., creating poetry in the mountains for ACW2020

 


A long time supporter of American Craft Week, Mountain Made in Grove Arcade, Asheville,  N.C., has great ideas for ACW2020... they'll be hosting a graffiti painting project and doing a book of poetry & thoughts on 'The Year of 2020.' The book will eventually be published and sold with profits going to charity. How cool is that? Be sure to check out their website for more information. And if you're in the area, definitely attend their events. They're going to be such fun  ... don't forget your mask!😊

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Welcome to CLAYFOLK .. Southern Oregon Potters Assoc

 


American Craft Week is delighted to welcome Clayfolk - Southern Oregon Potters Association to ACW2020 and we look forward to a long and happy relationship for many more years. Check out their talented members under the gallery menu on their website. We look forward to hearing what events they have planned and we'll be sure to let you know. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oregon's fabulous CLAYFEST is online this year ...

 

Image courtesy of Clayfest Facebook page

Oregon's famous Clayfest is eagerly awaited each year, so this year to ensure you don't have withdrawal symptoms from your ceramics fix ... they've gone online from now through December.  Check out their virtual show at this website to see who's selling online, who's hosting studio visits and general info on the artists, local pick up or delivery etc. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
American Craft Week is delighted to welcome them to this year's celebration and we look forward to many more years celebrating craft together.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Meet Byers McCurry Studio in New Mexico


 Welcome to New Mexico's Byers McCurry Studio, participants in 2020 American Craft Week. Check out their website and online shop.  If you're in the area - they're based in Lamy, NM just 12 miles from Sante Fe. Artists Holden McCurry and Ed Byers would love to welcome you to their studios. .. give them a call to set up an appointment. .. be safe, don't forget your mask 😊 
#americancraftweek #ByersMcCurryStudio #newmexico #pottery #ceramics #art #craft 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Art Therapy in the Time of Covid winners

Artist Susan Wiersema of Bainbridge Island, Washington State, one of the winners in the exhibit

Have you seen all the fabulous winners of American Craft Week Art Therapy in the Time of Covid art contest yet? Click here right away and check them all out. It's an amazing exhibit ... enjoy!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Cape Anne Artisans plan 2 summer mini-studio tours July 18 and August 15


Cape Anne Artisans plan two special “mini-tours” in July and August. Many of the artists can't open their studios because of Covid-19. However, a few can and they have scheduled Saturday, 18 July and 15 August to hold a mini-tour from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. They encourage you to make an appointment, but it is not essential, and Covid-19 rules will apply, so please wear a face mask, practise social distancing and use hand sanitizer. Remember to look for the pink tour banners!
The participating Gloucester artists (with links to websites) are ;
Jillian Demeri, Beth Williams Studio, Cape Ann Designs - Jacqueline Ganim-Defalco, Plum Cove Pottery - David Archibald.
The Participating Rockport artists are :
Cynthia Curtis, Pam Stratton, Twin Lights Studio – Scott and Erin O'Sullivan-Place
For details, the Cape Anne Artisans website has information and links.
American Craft Week encourages you to attend these mini studio tours, support local craft and art... and have fun but please, be safe! Please also share this notice on your social media and to your friends. Thank you!


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Please Support Crafting The Future

Shanti Broom, a Crafting the Future recipient, during her 2019 summer workshop at Penland School of Crafts.
 Photo courtesy of Crafting The Future's website
American Craft Week  promotes all American craft and crafters/artists with enthusiasm. And when crafters/artists help other crafters/artists, we love it even more. So we'd like to introduce you to Crafting the Future. Their website explains, "Crafting The Future is a collective of artists concerned about the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of craft, art and design. We formed in order to change our community. Working together and combining resources, we support the careers of young, underrepresented artists by connecting them to opportunities that will help them thrive."
Crafting the Future partners with organizations around the country, such as the renown Penland School of Craft  in North Carolina, The Haystack School in Maine and YAYA, a youth arts organization in New Orleans, La. They raise funds through subscriptions, grants and kickstarters to enable crafters to attend workshops and courses in their field.
Whether you're an artist or crafter, a collector or a passionate supporter of the arts, please consider helping. Check out, and follow, their website and Instagram
We wish them, and the talented recipients, continued success in this wonderful endeavour.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Vermont Virtual Spring Studio Tour, May 23 and 24 - don't miss it!

For 27 years bright yellow signs have popped up all over the verdant state of Vermont to direct visitors to art studios and galleries for the VT Spring Studio Tour.  This year Covid19 has put a dent in the long tradition, so the Vermont Craft Council and their artists quickly adapted and are holding a virtual studio tour this weekend, May 23 and 24.
Check out the website for information.  Artists have pictures of their work with links to their social media pages, websites and videos showing their studio space and working styles.  You browse through them and be sure to have the credit card ready ... there are wonderful treasures to be found.  It all starts at 8 a.m. this Saturday, May 23... enjoy!

Sculpture by metal artist Steve Bronstein of Blackthorne Forge. image courtesy of VT Craft website




Friday, May 15, 2020

Art therapy in the time of Covid19 ... artist contest


American Craft Week has announced the artist contest for 2020. Check it out - there's a $500 prize for the winner... and more, plus the top finalists will be featured in the showcase website. Check out the rules, download the application form...get really good photos and apply before 12 June.  Links on the website. Good luck! 🌟


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

How are you promoting your work during quarantine?

Artists, crafters, businesses are all trying new ways to promote themselves in this time of lockdowns and change. Some already had an active online presence, others are just starting. Sending out challenges is something many have done. Or special offers on certain pieces. Virtual studio tours. Videos showing their process of creating. Search art groups for ideas. Facebook haslots of creative groups...join some and experiment with news techniques, ask questions, don't be afraid to make mistakes.
What have you done? Let us know, please share with us and the world ...
I'll leave you with this great time lapsed video of Athens, Georgia based artist, Will Eskridge. Its a wonderful glimpse into his creative process. Will is a full time professional artist, so working from his home studio is not too different for him. He's a talented painter, musician (yes..the background music is his own composition) and he's pretty nifty with technology.  Check out his website and blog and see the various challenges & ideas he's tried.
We're all in this together - let's help each other.
Video courtesy of artist


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Did you know? Libraries can sign up for free!

American Craft Week loves libraries! ACW offers all libraries free participation. It's a wonderful way to involve your community in crafts, reading and a grand time. The library plans to hold a craft event during the week of 2-11 October 2020 and lists it on our participants page and then it's seen around the nation. How cool is that? Please help us and spread the word! It takes just a few minutes to sign up online, here is the link to our sign up page.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Vermont Studio Tour dates to note

American Craft Week loves studio tours...and these two studio tours are awesome.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Vermont Studio Spring Tour, May 23/24  & the Autumn Tour in October, dates to be announced. It's the spring tours 28th birthday! And this will be the 10th Autumn Tour. Check out the Vermont Crafts Council website and Facebook page to get all the latest info, maps and updates.
Be there..and enjoy!
Glas tumblers by Matt Seaholtz. Image courtesy of Vermont Crafts Council Facebook page

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Congratulations to Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City, OR, Star Award 2019


American Craft Week celebrates 2019 Star Award winner for Exceptional Nonprofit Support, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City, OR. Crossroads is without a doubt the backbone of the area's arts scene. They are strong supporters of the annual studio tour, offer workshops, exhibitions and their outreach program is exceptional. During 2019 ACW one of their events was to bring in K-2 students on a field trip from Keating Elementary, a remote, rural traditional one-room schoolhouse. A children's author read a book to them and then they all illustrated scenes from the book. What a wonderful day for those children! Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. If you're in the Eastern part of Oregon, don't miss Crossroads!
Image of students courtesy Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center

Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center in Baker City OR


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Meet a loyal ACW participant, Random Acts of Art from Florida

American Craft Week loves our great supporters and participants! Meet the magical Random Acts of Art based in the historic district of Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida. This is a cornucopia of fine, with some whimsical and fun, handmade craft. Be sure to stop by when you're in the area. Check their website and Facebook page for more information. Enjoy!
Image courtesy Random Acts of Art Facebook page

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Celebrate a 2019 Star Award winner - Berea College Student Craft in Kentucky


A salute to Berea College Student Craft, KY, for the ACW Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education & Demonstrations 2019 Star Award.
Berea College is a craft lovers dream.  They started in 1893 with weaving and have grown to be one of the great traditional & new crafts teaching institutions anywhere. Any visit is a treat, plan a trip, you won't be disappointed! Check out  their website and Facebook page for more information. Congratulations Berea College Student Craft!
Image courtesy of Berea College Student Craft Facebook page

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Village Potters Clay Center rocks!

It is always a delight to welcome The Village Potters Clay Center back to American Craft Week! They throw a grand event filled week every time, so inspiring! Located in the fabulous Asheville River Arts District in the Western North Carolina mountains, they are creative, fun and share their joy of pottery whole heartedly. There are 6 resident potters, they hold workshops, have a Scholarship fund and so much more. Be sure to bookmark their website and Facebook page so you don't miss out on their events and news. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by.
ACW can't wait to see what their plans are for the week of fun, 2-11 October, this year.
Image courtesy of The Village Potters Facebook page

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Mark your calendars for a great 2020 American Craft Week!


 It's never too early to get excited and make plans for American Craft Week during
 2-11 October 2020! Mark your calendars and get those creative juices flowing. We look forward to welcoming new and previous participants (not old participants, we never get old, right?)
Spread the word and let the fun begin...