Where the Fairs Are: Show Calendar

August 2011 | BY | Fall 2011, Issue 77

“Solidback Spider,” artist Joe Graham’s contemporary riff on traditional Windsor chairs, will be on view at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Marlborough, Mass.

There’s no better place to get up close and personal with working artists than a retail show, and fall is prime season for some of the biggest and best in the world of contemporary craft. Must-sees? Check out this list:

• Start your engines, craft connoisseurs. Get ready to snap up everything for the carefully designed home at Milwaukee’s 2011 Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The show features more than 50 exhibitors, most showing larger works ranging from one-of-a-kind items to whole suites. www.finefurnishingsshow.com

• Buying jewelry can be fun, especially if you buy it from the artist who created it. New York’s Museum of Arts and Design jewelry show, LOOT 2011: MAD About Jewelry, Oct. 11-14, presents 50 emerging and established artists showing everything from stainless steel bracelets to traditional designs. www.madmuseum.org

• Want to join a conversation between the energy community and the artists who use that energy? It’s part of the Texas Contemporary art fair Oct. 20-23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. In addition to bringing together art works from more than four dozen international art dealers, artMRKT Productions will host talks and demonstrations to spark ideas about energy and sustainability in the “energy capital” of the country. www.txcontemporary.com

• With two months to shop, the 43rd annual Celebration of American Crafts gives you plenty of time to study the work of more than 300 artists in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wearable art and more. Artists are carefully selected to represent each medium. The exhibition, Oct. 29-Dec. 24, benefits the Creative Arts Workshop, a nonprofit regional art school based in New Haven, Conn. The show is held in the school’s Hilles Gallery. www.creativeartsworkshop.org

• Of two minds when it comes to art: contemporary or wild? Two shows with two different approaches offer objects for both sides of your personality when the annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (SOFA) joins The Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art Nov. 4-6 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. SOFA CHICAGO will feature more than 80 galleries and dealers from 10 countries, presenting cutting-edge and traditional art, while the Intuit show offers the unconventional in folk, self-taught and visionary art. www.sofaexpo.com

• More than 190 craft artists, including this year’s international Scottish contingent, will show and sell their art at the 35th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show Nov. 10-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The show features glass, baskets, metal, paper, ceramics, jewelry, wood, and decorative and wearable fiber. www.pmacraftshow.org

• The annual American Craft Show NYC teams up with the Contemporary Art Fair NYC Nov. 18-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, offering works for both your home and yourself. The craft show will feature furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fashion and textiles, while the art fair will feature paintings, photography and sculpture. www.americancraftshownyc.com

• Treats for the eye as well as the ear will greet visitors to the Paradise City Arts Festival Nov. 18-20 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Mass. More than 170 artists from 30 states will show home furnishings, wearable art, jewelry and paintings at the show, while musicians near the Sculpture Cafe serenade visitors with jazz, swing and cabaret music. In a section called “Picturing the Music,” artists will show works inspired by music. www.paradisecityarts.com

• Do all your holiday shopping in one great spree at the 11th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale Dec. 1- 4 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The show features more than 600 juried artists, offering handmade accessories, ceramics, fashion, gourmet, holiday, kids’ stuff and paintings, ranging from simple to extravagant. www.oneofakindshowchicago.com

• A chance to meet the nearly 200 artists offering fashions, silver, ceramics, paper, wood, glass, jewelry and wearable art is a big draw at the 24th annual Washington Craft Show Dec. 2-4 at the Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. All items are handcrafted and chosen to show off some aspect of the American spirit. www.washingtoncraftshow.com

• One-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces are the hallmark of the 4th annual CRAFTBOSTON Holiday show Dec. 9-11 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show features nearly 100 artists showcasing furniture, glass, ceramic, basketry, metal, paper and wood objects, in a wide range of prices. www.societyofcrafts.org

• The 13th annual New York Ceramics Fair has a new venue, the Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Consulate on East 73rd Street, as well as a revitalized exhibitor list, with more U.S.-based and international galleries. “All things fired” will be offered Jan. 18-22, 2012: porcelain, glass, pottery and enamels. www.caskeylees.com

• An international list of more than 80 artists and galleries will be exhibiting at the 14th annual Art Palm Beach show Jan. 20-23 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. In addition to art, photography and design, the show offers a series of lectures and panel discussions on subjects ranging from “A Conversation on Aboriginal Art,” to “Art Now: The Convergence of Photography, Video and Contemporary Art.“ www.artpalmbeach.com

2 Responses to “Where the Fairs Are: Show Calendar”

  1. Please add to your calendar:

    Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

    October 13-15, 2011

    The 43rd annual Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival will be held October 13-15. Shop for unusual apparel, unique jewelry, original world-class artwork, and outstanding craft items!

    We strive to provide the widest range and the highest quality of fine arts and crafts at our Festival. All items must be created by the artisans.

    •Free parking and transportation to/from the parking areas to the Festival. Major roads and highways lead you to the Festival.

    •Over 325 booths of quality artisans from all over the United States.

    •Foods to whet any appetite – breakfast, lunch, dinner and all treats in-between

    Come and spend your day at the PREMIER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL in NW Arkansas! This is where the leading artisans want to exhibit!

    The perfect place to find the perfect gift for someone special …or just for you!

    Sponsored by the non-profit, Village Art Club. All proceeds are used to supports the arts and artist educaiton in the region.


  2. CraftArt 2011 Festival
    Downtown St. Petersburg, FL
    Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20

    This 14th Annual Fine Craft Festival is a must see. Florida Craftsmen brings 130 exceptional fine craft artists from around the country to the corner of Central Ave and 5th St. right next to the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. Great weather, fabulous art, artists demonstrations, interactive art, good food and craft beers. See you there!

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