Editor’s Note: Have Top Arts Cities Lists, Will Travel

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Artist Dan Essig, showing off a big catch—his mixed-media “Crocodile Bridge Book”—at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, N.C., this year’s number one pick in the Small Cities category.

Call them prescient (or just really good guessers), but just under 50 percent of AmericanStyle Facebook fans who answered the “Who do you think should be the Top Arts Destination this year?” question we posted in early April chose one of the top three cities that actually did win in the big, mid-size and small cities categories for 2011.

New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. were heavy fan choices, as well as the overwhelming choice of AmericanStyle magazine readers, who for the fourth year in a row voted them into the first, second and third place Big Cities slots.

Facebook fan Jana Cooper put in a bid for Seattle (“Glass blowing Mecca!” she posted), as did Jon Gerster (“Check out the Emerald City! Glass galore!”), and they’ll be happy to know that not only was Seattle voted in at No. 10 on the 2011 Big Cities list, but AmericanStyle correspondent Shirley Moskow confirms the city’s great glass status in an Arts Tour feature she’s written about Seattle and its environs here.

But let’s not forget Minneapolis, posted Patty Rau: “We have a thriving arts and crafts scene, and word needs to get out to the public about it.” In fact, AmericanStyle readers already have their antennae up for the arts in this Midwestern metropolis: they voted it No. 14 in the Mid-Size Cities list this year, just behind Providence, R.I. and one slot ahead of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The most intriguing post of the lot, however, came from Facebook fan Kathleen Mitchell. Her choice for 2011 top art destination? “My living room.”

A full list of the 2011 winners, complete with information compiled by AmericanStyle intern Caitlin Fultz on what’s happening this summer in the top three cities in each category, click here.

Haven’t finalized your summer getaway yet? With 75 spectacular cities, both big and small, on the 2011 list, there’s plenty to choose from.

Happy traveling. And don’t forget to write—with post(card)s on AmericanStyle’s Facebook!

Parting Shot: Kanagawa Redux

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When artist Ed Bing Lee was approached by Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery to create a work for its 5th invitational “teapots!” show, he jumped at the idea. “I knew I could do a regular teapot,” he remembers thinking, “but if you look at something and it leads you to something else, that’s what I like.” The result? “Wave at Kanagawa,” an 8x8x8-inch teapot created from hemp, waxed linen and embroidery floss—a vibrant, almost kinetic three-dimensional work that pays tribute to 19th-century Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s “Great Wave Off Kanagawa.”

More than 50 artists were tapped to participate in this year’s show, with teapots ranging from the ridiculous (Robert Mickelsen’s flameworked glass “Grand New Party”) to the sublime (the exquisitely constructed mixed-media “Amaranth Blossom” by Charissa Brock). The show runs through June 11, but if you can’t make it to Pittsburgh, a downloadable PDF version of the full catalog will remain up indefinitely at Morgan Contemporary’s website www.morganglassgallery.com.

“Wave at Kanagawa” is based on Katsushika Hokusai’s “Grave Wave Off Kanagawa, inset.
“Cranes,” another teapot by Ed Bing Lee, draws inspiration from a screen print by Ogata Korin.

Top 25 Big Cities for Art

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The top 25 big cities for art for 2011 are:

1. New York City

Bustling Columbus Circle is the artistic heart of New York City. Credit: © NYC & Company

Arts enthusiasts travel to New York City with one goal in mind. They want to be part of the action. And what action there is! AmericanStyle reader, January Holmes of Atlanta, Ga., explains, “New York is very art friendly and well versed in the diversity of contemporary art in terms of styles, mediums and overall background of the artists. It presents a wonderful selection of thought-provoking and visually stimulating works.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Arts & Design and The Museum of Modern Art are just three of the many major arts institutions you’ll want to see. But for a change of pace, check out some of the city’s more intimate venues, including the American Folk Art Museum and the newly renovated Morgan Library.

What’s New?

Up for a little elevated walking? Head for the pedestrian-friendly High Line in the Meatpacking District. Originally an elevated railway, it was converted two years ago into a park blooming with native flowers and public art, and offers sweeping views of the Hudson River. Most of the High Line is located in Chelsea, which is also home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of art galleries.

Eight-hundred yards off of Manhattan in New York Harbor is Governors Island—a 87-acre green space where public art reigns. Currently on display until Sept. 25 is “Mark di Suvero at Governors Island,” the largest outdoor presentation of the iconic American sculptor’s work to be shown in New York City in 30 years. Plan your trip when the island is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 27 through Sept. 25.

Up and Coming

Sculpture by renowned British artist Anthony Caro takes over the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden this summer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Running through Oct. 30, it features works spanning the first 50 years of the artist’s career.

The Pulitzer Fountain at the Grand Army Plaza is getting a makeover, courtesy of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” 12 monumental bronzes he fashioned after each animal of the Chinese zodiac, will remain on view there through July 15.

2. Chicago

Opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893, The Art Institute of Chicago and its school have been a Windy City landmark for more than 140 years. Credit: © City of Chicago/GRC

From its architecture to its public art, from its arts institutions to its arts enclaves, Chicago just keeps getting better at grabbing visitors’ undivided attention. For a birds-eye view of the city in all its glory, make The Ledge, a series of all-glass bays extending out from the 103rd floor of the Skydeck Chicago, your first stop. “In Chicago, art is not just in its fabulous museums, it is on every street corner and in the flower beds all over downtown every summer. You can’t walk down the sidewalk without encountering ART,” says reader Pam Cichon of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Major museums with permanent collections and special exhibitions include The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Millennium Park maintains its well-deserved reputation as the city’s unofficial town square, offering hundreds of free things to see and do in a magnificently landscaped park surrounded by city skyline.

What’s New?

“Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge,” four large-scale sculptures from the acclaimed Mexican artist, will be on view at the Boeing Galleries in Millennium Park through October 2012.

For a first-hand look at new work by contemporary artists, head for River North. Once a gritty warehouse district, this neighborhood just north of downtown has transformed itself into a cultural hub with nearly 70 world-class art galleries, as well as antiques shops and boutiques.

Up and Coming

Chicago plays host to numerous arts festivals every summer, but the Bucktown Arts Fest is one of its longest-running. This year’s 26th edition is slated for Aug. 27-28, with close to 200 participating artists.

The Museum of Contemporary Art will examine the work of Chicago-based artist Joseph Cornell in “Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the Collection,” June 18 through Oct. 16. The exhibit feature more than 60 years of his work paired with pieces from MCA’s permanent collection.

3. Washington, D.C.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Art Museum features the best of American craft. Credit: Courtesy of the Smithsonian

Our readers’ choice for third place in the Big Cities category is the land of the free… museums! AmericanStyle reader Nicole Hayes, of Seminole, Fla., notes, “I adore Washington, D.C.’s art scene because it is so expansive and free! It’s a beautiful city that is a perfect destination to house such lovely art.”

The Smithsonian Institution alone offers open admission to all of its 19 museums and galleries, including the American Art Museum, the Portrait Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, and the Renwick Gallery, which focuses on decorative art and American craft. Other must-sees in the District’s museums pantheon include the National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Textile Museum.

What’s New?

The newest addition on the National Mall, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, will be dedicated on Aug. 28, preceded by a week of special events honoring Dr. King’s leadership role in promoting freedom, opportunity and justice through non-violent means.

The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery showcases the best of the best craft artists with “History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011,” through July 31. The fifth in the museum’s biennial series, the exhibit features the work of silversmith Ubaldo Vitali, ceramic artist Cliff Lee, glass artist Judith Schaechter, and furniture maker Matthias Pliessnig.

Up and Coming

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival sets up tents on the Mall from June 30 to July 4 and July 7 to 11. This year’s edition features programs on Colombia and the Peace Corps. It’s the largest annual cultural event in the U.S. capital, and it’s all free. Go on July 4, and you get a bonus: the spectacular holiday fireworks display over the Washington Monument.

Every Friday from May to September The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden hosts an open-air jazz fest. Prepare for a picnic or stop at nearby food truck or the garden’s Pavilion Cafe. Just be sure to get there early to guarantee a spot. Oh, yes, and it’s free!

4. San Francisco, Calif.
5. Boston, Mass.
6. Albuquerque, N.M.
7. Atlanta, Ga.
8. Philadelphia, Pa.
9. Baltimore, Md.
10. Seattle, Wash.
11. Portland, Ore.
12. Los Angeles, Calif.
13. Austin, Texas
14. Denver, Colo.
15. Phoenix, Ariz.
16. Charlotte, N.C.
17. San Diego, Calif.
18. Tucson, Ariz.
19. Nashville, Tenn.
20. Milwaukee, Wis.
21. San Antonio, Texas
22. Las Vegas, Nev.
23. Columbus, Ohio
24. Dallas, Texas
25. Houston, Texas

Top 25 Mid-Sized Cities for Art

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The top 25 mid-sized cities for art for 2011 are:

1. St. Petersburg, Fla.

The exterior of the Dali Museum features a geodesic glass structure, nicknamed the “Glass Enigma,” that incorporates more than 900 unique triangular-shaped glass panels into its design.

St. Petersburg is reveling in a monumental arts year that kicked off in January with the opening of the new $36 million Dali Museum. The building itself is a work of art, doubling the size of the original and dedicated to showcasing the art of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. The museum includes the Helical Staircase—a spiral ascending to the third floor galleries; Café Gala, named in honor of Dali’s wife; and the Avant-Garden, complete with misty grotto and hedge labyrinth. On view now is an installation of the Dali’s entire permanent collection of 96 paintings, plus drawings, photographs and prints. AmericanStyle reader and resident of St. Petersburg Steve Harris says, “The city has some great art exhibits, for a city its size. The new Chihuly Collection is fabulous, the St. Petersburg Art Museum has always been high quality but has greatly expanded, and I cannot wait to go to the new Dali Museum.”

What’s New?

The Dali has scheduled a host of enticing activities this summer. There’s “Yoga and Dali” every Sunday in June, where the artist’s energy infuses the physical, mental and spiritual inspiration of yoga. Or how about attending “Coffee with a Curator”? It is a special monthly talk by one of the Dali Museum’s curatorial team. Another event you might be interested in is “Breakfast with Dali for Families.” It is presented an hour before the museum opens and includes a child-friendly tour of the museum followed by a breakfast buffet.

Up and Coming

From June 17-July 17, the Morean Art Center will present the work of mixed media artist Dolores Cole in “Mirage,” a solo exhibition. Cole constructs imagined spaces inhabited by iconic and culturally familiar elements, such as the carnival or the Las Vegas Strip. The artist utilizes color to create a sense of motion in her work, resulting in a feeling of movement in the viewer.

“New Folk: Contemporary Self-Taught Art from the Collection” displays the work of visionary and folk artists that are a part of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art’s permanent collection until Sept. 4. The works explore religion, spirituality and the visionary; nature; popular culture; politics and current events and include work by Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Lonnie Holley, and Buddy Snipes.

2. Savannah, Ga.

The Telfair Academy has spent the past 125 collecting 19th and 20th century American and European art.

“The warmth and charm of Savannah adds so much to the overall art experience. Not only does it offer history and culture, but great dining, natural beauty, public transportation and unique neighborhoods in which to enjoy your art experience,” says reader Pam Jackson, of Gilbert, Ariz. Savannah is a nearly 300-year-old city that artfully balances historic architecture and tradition with trendy galleries and boutiques. Trolley tours are one way to explore the downtown district. Most offer on/off passes, so visitors can stop at any point along the route, then get back on again to the next one. If it’s browsing you’re after, head for the studios and galleries at City Market, a four-block area of restored warehouses and shop fronts adjacent to Ellis Square.

What’s New?

The Telfair Museums, with three separate and very distinctive entities under its name—Telfair Academy, highlighting 19th and 20th century American and European Art; the historic Owens-Thomas House; and the Jepson Center, opened in 2006 and the cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary collections—is a Savannah landmark. This year marks 125 years of collecting for the Telfair Academy, and throughout 2011, special events, exhibitions and programs will celebrate the museum’s important milestone.

Up and Coming

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a city institution that brings the best and brightest young artists from around the country to the Savannah area. From Aug. 13 to Sept. 23, the fifth annual juried “Encore Series” will feature the work of three notable graduate students.

3. New Orleans, La.

Ranked as one of the country’s top museums, the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with special exhibitions and commemorative events.

Food and music, plus lots (and lots!) of visual art: New Orleans offers them all. The city is a veritable melting pot of entertainments. “New Orleans is a hub of music and art. The city itself is inspiring and hosts some wonderful galleries with high quality work,” says reader Teresa Moeman, of Glasgow, Scotland.

For total immersion, visit the New Orleans Arts District, located close to the Mississippi River and the French Quarter. Once called the Warehouse District, it is packed with art galleries, restaurants, shops and world-class museums, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The New Orleans Museum of Art, the city’s oldest fine arts institution, features more than 40,000 works in its permanent collection, and its five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden—including 50 sculptures, meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons and 200-year-old live oaks—is ranked as one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States.

What’s New?

It’s been a century of collecting and displaying the highest quality artwork for the New Orleans Museum of Art, including greats such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Hans Hoffmann, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock. A year of celebration will culminate in November with “100 Masterworks for 100 Years—NOMA’s Centennial Celebration,” showcasing 100 works of art donated during the past five years.

The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans is marking its 35th anniversary this year. Established in 1976, it laid the foundation for the further development of the arts district in downtown New Orleans. To commemorate its 35th anniversary, CAC has brought together past and present work of 14 artists who exhibited at the CAC during the first years of its existence in an exhibit titled “Then & Now.”

Up and Coming

Before there was air conditioning, the men and women of New Orleans had to resort to wearing white linen to keep cool in the sultry summer heat. This tradition lives on during “White Linen Night” on Aug. 6. People wear white outfits and stroll through art galleries in the Arts District. The post-party is held at the Contemporary Arts Center and is considered a must-attend.

Alternatively, “Dirty White Linen Night” was created to promote the art galleries and antique shops on Royal Street. It is held a week after “White Linen Night,” this year on Aug. 13, and those who attend are asked to wear the linens they might have worn during “White Linen Night” as they peruse the shops.

4. Charleston, S.C.
5. Scottsdale, Ariz.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Tampa, Fla.
8. Alexandria, Va.
9. Boulder, Colo.
10. Miami, Fla.
11. Pittsburgh, Pa.
12. Athens, Ga.
13. Providence, R.I.
14. Minneapolis, Minn.
15. Chattanooga, Tenn.
16. Salt Lake City, Utah
17. Colorado Springs, Colo.
18. Honolulu, Hawaii
19. Buffalo, N.Y.
20. Rochester, N.Y.
21. Raleigh, N.C.
22. Cleveland, Ohio
23. Kansas City, Mo.
24. St. Louis, Mo.
25. Cincinnati, Ohio

Top 25 Small Cities for Art

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The top 25 small cities for art for 2011 are:

1. Asheville, N.C.

A rendering of the expanded Asheville Art Museum. Credit: Courtesy of the Asheville Art Museum

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville offers the best of both worlds: breathtaking scenic beauty and a population that values creativity and work made by hand. “Asheville is funky, eclectic and rooted in generations of homespun crafts inspired by the surrounding mountain beauty,” says reader Dan Ward, of Weaverville, N.C. “The mountains make us whimsical, and whimsy fuels creativity.”

What’s New?

The renowned Asheville Art Museum has plans to double its size, with a groundbreaking anticipated for 2012. The expansion will hold its ever increasing collection—with the permanent collection exhibition space growing by 70 percent and a special changing exhibition space that will double.

Up and Coming

This summer three venues are individually hosting wood art exhibits, creating a “woodturning trifecta” for collectors. Blue Spiral 1 Gallery will feature a group exhibition with more than a dozen Southern woodworkers July 1 through Sept. 30. Grovewood Gallery will feature 19 woodturning artists from all over the U.S. July 1 through Oct. 2. And the North Carolina Arboretum is hosting an international exhibit of 45 of the world’s most outstanding wood artists until Sept. 5.

The Bele Chere Festival, one of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festivals and a local favorite, stages its 33rd annual event in downtown Asheville July 29-31, with nearly 200,000 people expected to attend.

2. Santa Fe, N.M.

The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art has partnered with SOFA WEST to showcase work by self-taught artists including Clifton Sulser, whose carved figures are show here.

Enjoy blue skies and sunny days? Looking for a destination rich in history, heritage and the arts? Then Santa Fe is the place for you. With more than 250 galleries and numerous museums, Santa Fe has what it takes to satisfy art lovers. Reader Joan Woodbury, of Salt Lake City, Utah, explains, “Santa Fe is lovely for the eyes, has incredible artists who produce meaningful work and provides intense experiences that have lasting impressions.”

What’s New?

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture presents a significant collection of Huichol art from the early part of the last century in “Huichol Art and Culture: Balancing the World.” Running until Feb. 12. 2012, the exhibit features examples of ancient, symbolic textile designs, richly decorated votive gourd bowls, beaded jewelry and more.

“Artist of the Week—Docent Talks” take place every Wednesday now through Aug. 31 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Artists displayed in the museum are featured in a series of gallery talks by docents of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Up and Coming

Summer is art market season in Santa Fe. High on the list are Art Santa Fe which will celebrate its 11th year July 7-10 by providing a total experience that includes contemporary galleries from all over the world; Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, July 8-10, which attracts established traditional artists from across the globe to display, demonstrate and sell their work; SOFA WEST: Santa Fe & the Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art, Aug 4-7, a glittering array of international dealers showcasing contemporary decorative, non-traditional and outsider art; and the 90th annual Santa Fe Indian Market, Aug. 20-21.

3. Gloucester, Mass.

A newcomer to the Top 25 list, Gloucester is home to museums, galleries and the oldest working art colony in the U.S.

Cape Ann, a thriving arts and cultural destination, lies just 30 miles north of Boston along one of the prettiest stretches of coastline in all of Massachusetts. Billed as one of the last great unspoiled places, its harbors, lighthouses, beaches, coves and coastline have been attracting artists almost from its beginnings in 1623.

Cape Ann’s four communities include Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester, America’s oldest seaport. “Art is vital to the lifeblood of Gloucester. There are many beautiful places with seashores and harbors but the combination of arts, culture, and industry are rarely so integrated and integral to the life of a city. It makes Gloucester a very unique place that celebrates art in a way that most cities can’t,” says resident and AmericanStyle reader Barbara Silberman. Gloucester is home to a large population of artists, many of whom display their work in Rocky Neck Art Colony galleries and studios. You can visit the Rocky Neck Gallery or enjoy open studios and entertainment during Nights on the Neck, on the first Thursday of the month from June to October.

What’s New?

This year an iconic red brick building on Gloucester’s Main Street, known to locals as “The Blackburn,” was transformed into The Cape Ann, also known as “The Annie.” The building was revitalized to promote the arts in the community and serves as a venue for performance and visual display. Located within The Annie is “The Art Parlour,” an expansive gallery space that allows local artists to show their work free of charge.

Up and Coming

The annual Cape Ann Artisans’ Studio Tour takes place June 18-19 along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport, allowing visitors to meet more than 15 professional artists and see their work where it was created.

The Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival will showcase the juried work of over 175 artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. in the city’s historic Fort Park on Aug. 20-21.

4. Saugatuck, Mich.
5. Sarasota, Fla.
6. Sedona, Ariz.
7. Key West, Fla.
8. Frederick, Md.
9. Taos, N.M.
10. Bradenton, Fla.
11. Corning, N.Y.
12. Eureka Springs, Ark.
13. Brattleboro, Vt.
14. Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
15. Carmel, Calif.
16. Beaufort, S.C.
17. Burlington, Vt.
18. Naples, Fla.
19. Laguna Beach, Calif.
20. Chapel Hill, N.C.
21. Annapolis, Md.
22. Northampton, Mass.
23. Aspen, Colo.
24. New Hope, Pa.
25. Watkinsville, Ga.

Art & Design 2011: Artists’ Spaces

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Looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place.

It’s Art & Design time at AmericanStyle, and once again we’ve set our sights on artists’ spaces. The key to unlocking the doors to all the homes featured on the following pages is transformation.

In a historic village in New Mexico, artist Tom Morin and his wife Jerri transformed what looked like just a bunch of abandoned buildings into a breathtaking adobe residence and studio.

On 11 acres of open woodland in rural Michigan, Chris Roberts-Antieau envisioned her dream house, then designed and built it from the ground up.

And on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Craigie Succop searched for—and found—the perfect property to transform into an inviting complex for showcasing her art.

Click below to explore each home and be prepared to be inspired:

Tom and Jerri Morin: Born Again

Chris Roberts-Antieau: A Sublime Place to Make Art

Craigie Succop: A World of Color

Fairest of Them All

February 2011 | BY | Issue 75, Spring 2011 | 5 COMMENTS

Festival goers explore Fred Stodder’s booth at La Quinta Arts Festival.

Well, they did it again!

For the second year in a row, Kentucky Crafted: The Market pulled ahead of the competition to win the top spot in AmericanStyle’s seventh annual Top 10 Fairs and Festivals competition. With its stellar mix of traditional and contemporary work, plus live performances and regional foods, what’s not to like? Kentucky Crafted has a lot to be proud of, and AmericanStyle extends its congratulations to everyone connected with the annual event.

In addition to Kentucky Crafted, this year’s Top 10 span the country and include five repeat winners as well as newcomers Saint Louis Art Fair and the Festival of Fine Craft in Millville, N.J., plus a welcome return to the Top 10 after a two-year absence of La Quinta Arts Festival in California.

Just what makes these events stand out from the competition? We’ve opted to let selected readers tell you who they cast their votes for—and why—in the winners’ list below. Be sure to also check out our month-to-month calendar by clicking here.

1. Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a consistent favorite with AmericanStyle readers. Jeffrey Lambert of Prestonsburg, Ky., explains why: “Excellent crafters, tremendous crowds, beautiful surroundings and traditional Kentucky hospitality!” This year’s event, on March 19-20, will feature the best of fine art and craft, as well as musical performances, specialty foods and the chance to meet Kentucky authors. Learn more at http://kycraft.ky.gov.

2. Scottsdale Arts Festival

Scottsdale, Ariz.
Scottsdale resident Karen Spector describes what makes the Scottsdale Arts Festival unique: “I love the diversity of the exhibitors. It’s a way to absorb culture from all around the country in one beautiful location.” The latest edition, on March 11-13, features work in a meandering outdoor setting by 200 jury-selected artists in every art and craft medium. Attendees can enjoy the art with live music and a visit to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, all included in the price of admission. Visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org for details.

3. Paradise City Arts Festival

Northampton, Mass.
The Paradise City Arts Festival aims to show the work of the nation’s very best craftsmen and artists. And year after year, AmericanStyle readers agree. “It’s the quality of the work and the creativity represented that makes this the best show. It feels like visiting a museum!” says Marcia Cook of Concord, Mass. With more than 250 artists exhibiting their work, the upcoming shows, May 28-30 and Oct. 8-10, will not disappoint. Go to www.paradisecityarts.com for more information.

4. Saint Louis Art Fair

Clayton, Mo.
From fiber and sculpture to ceramics and metalwork, the Saint Louis Art Fair has something for everyone. St. Louis resident Elsa Greenblatt explains, “It’s one of the most fun and creative events the city offers—it brings the community together.” Along with more than 180 artist booths, the fair includes three performance stages and food from several of St. Louis’ best restaurants to tickle your palate. The next fair is slated for Sept. 9-11. For details, visit www.culturalfestivals.com.

5. St. James Court Art Show

Louisville, Ky.
Another perennial reader favorite, the St. James Court Art Show features more than 750 artists from across North America. “The wide diversity of artists representing their unique talents make this event a full day of entertainment, opportunity and experience,” says Gaye Franke of Bardstown, Ky. This year’s juried event, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, will feature the best of the best in fine arts and crafts. Visit www.stjamescourtartshow.com to learn more.

6. La Quinta Arts Festival

La Quinta, Calif.
Nestled among the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains is La Quinta Arts Festival, featuring the juried work of more than 200 artists in every type of medium. “The quality, variety and craftsmanship of the fine arts displayed at this event is far superior to any other art festival I’ve attended,” says Norma Plante of San Diego, Calif. See the art against a backdrop of awe-inspiring scenery March 10-13. For details, visit www.lqaf.com.

7. Des Moines Arts Festival

Des Moines, Iowa
A juried art fair, artist demonstrations, contests and exhibitions are just the beginning of what’s in store at the Des Moines Arts Festival. Held June 24-26, it will take the full three days to see it all. “The city welcomes the artists in a gorgeous setting, which is exceptionally comfortable to patrons and artists alike,” says A. Joyce Smith of Urbandale, Iowa. “This festival is representative of the cultural growth of the city.” For more information, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.

8. Festival of Fine Craft

Millville, N.J.
New to the Top 10, the Festival of Fine Craft, scheduled for Oct. 1-2, is sure to stay high on readers’ lists. “It’s a very well-rounded, interactive fall festival in a beautiful part of the country. You can spend the entire weekend browsing and enjoying the landscape, vendors and interactive demonstrations,” says Amy Blevins of Mullica Hill, N.J. After walking the festival, be sure to visit the Museum of American Glass and Down Jersey Folklife Center. Find all the details at www.wheatonarts.org.

9. Old Town Art Fair

Chicago, Ill.
“High-quality vendors, homey neighborhood atmosphere and proceeds that go to a great cause,” are the reasons Lauren Warnecke of Chicago, Ill., lists the Old Town Art Fair as one of her favorite annual events. This year, it will feature 260 nationally acclaimed artists June 11-12, as well as a music stage, food court and a garden walk of the historic buildings that surround the festival. Visit www.oldtowntriangle.com for information.

10. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Always a hit with AmericanStyle readers, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original has a 50-year history of promoting the most influential American artists. Susan Pioch of Northwood, Ohio, describes why the show, which returns July 20-23, is one of the best: “It’s a beautiful street fair with something for every possible taste. Every medium is featured and beautifully displayed.” Go to www.artfair.org to learn more.


Kentucky Crafted, March 19-20, 2011 will feature the best of fine art and craft, as well as musical performances, specialty foods and the chance to meet Kentucky authors. These pieces of art will be sure to inspire your gift baskets this year.

Style Spotlight: Is Art School in Your Future?

February 2011 | BY | Issue 75, Spring 2011 | 1 COMMENT

The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wis., offers courses in a variety of mediums, including studio painting.

Is Art School in Your Future?

There’s no better time than now to make good on your resolution to sign up for a class or workshop in one of the visual arts. To make things really easy, we’ve assembled a listing of what’s on offer at select schools across the country.


Abington Art Center
Jenkintown, Pa.
Offers year-round classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and jewelry.

Brookfield Craft Center
Brookfield, Conn.
Classes and workshops exploring basketry, blacksmithing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood turning, photography, painting and more.

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
Rockport, Maine
Offers one- and two-week workshops, 12-week intensives and nine-month comprehensives to address the needs of students at all skill levels.

The Clay Studio
Philadelphia, Pa.
Year-round sessions with weekend, one day and morning workshops in mosaics, pottery, hand building and more.

Diablo Glass School
Boston, Mass.
Classes range from one-day intensives to four-week workshops in everything from glassblowing to mixed media.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine
Offers summer studio-based workshops in clay, glass, metal, paper, weaving, woodworking and more.

Museum School at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Provincetown, Mass.
Summer workshops and year-round offerings in drawing, film, mixed media, painting, sculpture and photography.

Peters Valley Craft Center
Layton, N.J.
May through September, offers two- to five-day workshops in seven areas: blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber, fine metal, photography, woodworking and special topics.

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, R.I.
The school’s continuing education program offers summer studies and a wide range of workshops.

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, N.Y.
Ten-week, weekend and one-day sessions offered at every skill level by glassmaking instructors from around the world.

Brooklyn, N.Y.
Weekly classes, workshops and intensive master classes explore glass blowing, casting, torch working, fusing, slumping, neon, mosaics, stained glass, cold working and jewelry.


Appalachian Center for Craft
Smithville, Tenn.
This satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University offers more than 50 hands-on craft workshops in blacksmithing, clay, fiber, glass, metals and wood.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Offers weekend, one- and two-week sessions May through October, and evening and Saturday classes January through March.

Baltimore Clayworks
Baltimore, Md.
Offers hands-on studio classes in all aspects of pottery, clay sculpture and ceramic processes.

Louisville, Ky.
Offerings range from walk-in workshops to more intensive year-round classes in glass blowing, flame working, fusing and more.

John C. Campbell Folk School
Brasstown, N.C.
Year-round weeklong and weekend classes in a variety of mediums are offered on this scenic campus.

New Orleans School of GlassWorks and Printmaking Studio
New Orleans, La.
Offers classes in glass blowing, mosaics, metal sculpture, printmaking and more.

Penland School of Crafts
Penland, N.C.
One-, two- and eight-week workshops are available in paper, clay, drawing, glass, metal, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood.

Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Ga.
Community education classes and workshops, as well as summer programs, are available for any skill level in a variety of disciplines.

VisArts at Rockville
Rockville, Md.
Classes, workshops and two-day art boot camps explore painting, drawing, ceramics, wood, glass, metal, jewelry and photography.


Ann Arbor Art Center
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Day, evening and weekend classes at all skill levels in a variety of mediums, from beadmaking to photography.

Evanston Art Center
Evanston, Ill.
Ceramics, drawing, jewelry and metal sculptures are just a few of the course options available to artists at every skill level.

The Glass Academy
Dearborn, Mich.
The school’s most popular classes for beginners are four-hour samplers, which offer a glimpse of what a full eight-week course would be like.

Indianapolis Art Center
Indianapolis, Ind.
Offers spring full-term classes in 15-week sessions, as well as short-term and sampler classes, and weekend workshops.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wis.
Offers a small sampling of studio art classes, as well as weekend workshops in disciplines including stone setting.

Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Mo.
The continuing education program offers a large selection of visual art classes.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Rochester, Mich.
Spring and summer terms offer classes in a variety of mediums, including clay, abstract painting and mixed media.

Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, Wis.
Year-round workshops explore painting, drawing, metal, ceramics, sculpture and photography at all skill levels.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
The continuing studies program offers evening and weekend courses and workshops in art, design, theory and practice.


Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, Colo.
Year-round workshops focus on ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, woodworking and more.

Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, Texas
Choose from close to 100 classes and workshops in all mediums for students diverse in age, interest, experience and needs.

Nance McManus
Albuquerque, N.M.
Learn the art of pastel painting in a two-day intensive with a renowned artist.

Santa Fe Clay
Santa Fe, N.M.
Year-round classes and workshops for students from age 2 to 92.

Sedona Arts Center
Sedona, Ariz.
Explore the more than 200 diverse opportunities available each year in studio art, ceramic/sculpture and digital media.

Southwest School of Art & Craft
San Antonio, Texas
Classes and workshops tackle ceramics, fiber, metal, jewelry, paper, photography, drawing, painting and printmaking.


Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
Helena, Mont.
Offers quarterly community classes in throwing and hand-building, as well as one-day to two-week ceramic workshops.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Portland, Ore.
Adult community programs provide an array of classes and workshops taught each semester by professional artists.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Portland, Ore.
The continuing education program includes evening and weekend sessions in a variety of mediums.

Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, Wash.
Offers intensive residential sessions May through August, focusing on glass blowing, casting, fusing, neon, stained glass, flame working and more.


Bay Area Glass Institute
San Jose, Calif.
Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available in glass blowing, fusing and torch working.

Idyllwild Arts Academy
Idyllwild, Calif.
The summer program offers workshops in contemporary and Native American arts.

Institute of Mosaic Art
Oakland, Calif.
More than 80 classes and workshops explore contemporary and traditional mosaic techniques for all levels.

Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, Calif.
Offers more than 200 retreat-style workshops in ceramics, fiber, fine arts, jewelry and sculpture.


Alberta College of Art + Design
Calgary, Alberta
Professional artists teach personal-interest classes in the visual arts, media and design.

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Two campuses offer short- and long-term courses, workshops, open studios and certificate programs through the School of Extended Studies.

The Victoria College of Art
Victoria, British Columbia
Art history, printmaking and arts business are just a few of the available course in the school’s lifelong learning programs.

AmericanStyle’s 2011 Essential Guide to Fairs & Festivals

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The Festival of Fine Craft in Millville, N.J., provides artist demonstrations in nearly every medium. The next festival will be on Oct. 1-2.

Festivals All Year Round

Whether you’re a local arts enthusiast or a cross-country traveler, consider the following month-by-month compilation of national fairs, festivals and retail shows as the ultimate contemporary craft resource.


Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
West Palm Beach, Fla., March 4-6
More than 100 artists present a mix of one-of-a-kind or limited edition work in fiber, glass and metal. Admission: $15.

The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta
Atlanta, Ga., March 10-13
One of the most competitive juried shows in the nation, this festival displays work by only the very best artists. Admission: $13 per day or $20 for a two-day pass.

La Quinta Arts Festival
La Quinta, Calif., March 10-13
Located in the mountain town of La Quinta, this juried affair has a mixture of the nation’s best contemporary artists. Admission: $12 per day or $15 for a multi-day pass.

Scottsdale Arts Festival
Scottsdale, Ariz., March 11-13
For more than four decades, this large outdoor festival has and continues to feature 200 of North America’s top-notch artists. Admission: $7 or $10 for a two-day pass.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Somerset, N.J., March 11-13
Offering a unique marketplace with both traditional and contemporary crafts, there is something for everyone here. Admission: $9.

Bonita Springs National Art Festival
Bonita Springs, Fla., March 12-13
This outdoor exhibition features 200 internationally known artists exhibiting and selling their work in clay, fiber, glass, mixed media, photography and jewelry. Admission: $5 donation.

Contemporary Crafts Market
San Francisco, Calif., March 12-13
This can’t-miss festival displays up-and-coming work as well as pieces by artists featured in national museums and galleries. Admission: $8.

Paradise City Arts Festival
Marlborough, Mass., March 18-20
Featuring a large indoor sculpture garden, this space allows artists to “think outside the box” and present work that you won’t find anywhere else.
Admission: $12 or $15 for a three-day pass.

Spring CraftMorristown
Morristown, N.J., March 18-20
Displaying work from 150 artists, the show features craft suited to even the most sophisticated palate. Admission: $7.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Oaks, Pa., March 18-20
(See first March listing for more information.)

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Winter Park, Fla., March 18-20
Discover the artist-lined streets of historic downtown Winter Park and enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission: free.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market
Louisville, Ky., March 19-20
The market features Kentucky’s finest crafts, visual art and books, as well as live performances and demonstrations. Admission: $8.

Bayou City Art Festival
Houston, Texas, March 25-27
Explore the work of 300 artists producing original pieces in 18 mediums at this unique event. Admission: $10.

Boston, Mass., March 25-27
The show features 200 artists selling one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces in clay, fiber, glass and so much more. Admission: $15.

The Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show
Philadelphia, Pa., March 25-27
Now in its 17th year, explore the longest-running craft show devoted to furniture and furnishings. Admission: $12 or $15 for a weekend pass.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Hartford, Conn., March 25-27
(See March listing for more information.)

Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe, Ariz., March 25-27
Tempe’s oldest and largest art festival offers an expansive mix of the arts with an urban atmosphere. Admission: free.

Best of the Northwest
Seattle, Wash., March 26-27
With more than 100 artists, this juried show features only the best of the best artists and craftspeople. Admission: $7.


Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., April 8-10
(See March listing for more information.)

Fiesta Arts Fair
San Antonio, Texas, April 9-10
Kick-starting the city’s 10-day Fiesta San Antonio, this fair attracts 12,000 visitors with enticing works in mixed media, ceramics and jewelry. Admission: $8 per day or $12 for a two-day pass.

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
The Woodlands, Texas, April 9-10
The festival shines with high-quality art in a beautiful setting along the Woodlands Waterway. Admission: $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass.

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
Fort Worth, Texas, April 14-17
This four-day show transforms downtown Fort Worth into a mile-long outdoor gallery for the nation’s best artists and craftspeople. Admission: free.

Smithsonian Craft Show
Washington, D.C., April 14-17
Presented by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, this juried show features the work of 120 top-notch artists. Admission: $15.

The American Craft Council Show in St. Paul
St. Paul, Minn., April 15-17
The council’s third show of the year features work from 240 amazing artists, along with live demonstrations. Admission: $12 per day or $20 for a three day pass.

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Baltimore, Md., April 15-17
This invitational show features handcrafted furniture, and functional and decorative craft in a wide range of designs, styles and materials. Admission: $10.

SOFA New York
New York, N.Y., April 15-18
This international art exposition bridges the worlds of design, decorative art and fine art by featuring artists from 55 premier galleries and dealers. Admission: $25 per day or $40 for a four-day pass.

Brookside Art Annual
Kansas City, Mo., April 29-May 1
Attracting nearly 70,000 patrons a year and featuring only the finest arts and crafts, this annual has been an art-lover’s paradise for more than 25 years. Admission: free.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, N.Y., April 29-May 1
Overlooking the Hudson River, this festival showcases works in fiber, metal, clay and mixed media, benefiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Admission: $10.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Timonium, Md., April 29-May 1
(See March listing for more information.)

Crafts on Columbus
New York, N.Y., April 30-May 1, May 7-8, May 14-15
The Upper West Side of Manhattan becomes an art gallery, displaying some of America’s best handmade craft. Admission: free.


TACA Tennessee Craft Fair
Nashville, Tenn., May 6-8
This festival showcases the work of 180 artists from across the state. Admission: free.

Broad Ripple Art Fair
Indianapolis, Ind., May 21-22
A fund-raiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, this fair features 225 artist booths, demonstrations and classes. Admission: $12.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston, Va., May 21-22
This two-day outdoor festival offers visitors the chance to view and purchase art directly from the artists. Admission: $5 donation.

Piccolo Spoleto Crafts Fair
Charleston, S.C., May 27-29 and June 3-5
A part of the 17-day Spoleto Festival, this two-weekend craft event displays work from the area’s leading fine craftsmen and artists. Admission: $3.

Paradise City Arts Festival
Northampton, Mass., May 28-30
(See March listing for more information.)


Columbus Arts Festival
Columbus, Ohio, June 3-5
For 50 years, this festival has displayed everything from glass to fiber from more than 230 visual artists. Admission: free.

Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh, Pa., June 3-12
The 10-day downtown Pittsburgh festival features a juried artist market, art exhibitions and more than 50 live performances. Admission: free.

Art in the Park
Columbia, Mo., June 4-5
Located in a stunning park setting, this fine arts festival features more than 100 artists—both established and emerging. Admission: free.

57th Street Art Fair
Chicago, Ill., June 4-5
The fair’s unique “Art-Buying Boot Camp” helps you choose the best art for your space. Admission: free.

Contemporary Crafts Market
Santa Monica, Calif., June 10-12
(See March listing for more information.)

American Crafts Festival
New York, N.Y., June 11-12 and 18-19
Buy an abundance of unique American crafts from 175 artists. Admission: free.

Old Town Art Fair
Chicago, Ill., June 11-12
The art fair celebrates its 62nd year with work from 260 artists, a garden walk and tour of the area’s historic homes. Admission: $7 donation.

Talbot Street Art Fair
Indianapolis, Ind., June 11-12
In its 56th year, the annual street fair features juried work from 270 artists. Admission: free.

Boardwalk Art Show & Festival
Virginia Beach, Va., June 16-19
In honor of Virginia’s statewide celebration of women in the arts, the festival celebrates the work of female visual artists with an awards program. Admission: free.

Lakefront Festival of Arts
Milwaukee, Wis., June 17-19
Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum, this annual festival features leading artists as well as a sculpture garden, fashion show and silent auction. Admission: $12 per day or $20 for a three day pass.

Crafts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 18-19
This show features handmade works in all mediums in a range of prices and styles. Admission: $7.

Des Moines Arts Festival
Des Moines, Iowa, June 24-26
This festival has 30 hands-on art activities and showcases more than 180 of the country’s best artists. Admission: free.

Art-A-Fair Festival
Laguna Beach, Calif., June 24-Aug. 28
Explore the work of almost 130 fine artists in a relaxed setting during this two-month-long festival. Admission: $7.

Sawdust Art Festival
Laguna Beach, Calif., June 24-Aug. 28
Lasting more than two months, this event’s mission is to educate the public about handcrafted art made in the Laguna Beach area. Admission: $7.50.

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival
Midway, Ky., June 25-26
One of the local community‘s most anticipated events, the festival offers a mix of high-quality art that will have you coming back year after year. Admission: $5.

Indian Market and Festival
Indianapolis, Ind., June 25-26
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s market features traditional Native American art as well as performances by dancers, singers and storytellers. Admission: $10.


Berkshires Arts Festival
Great Barrington, Mass., July 2-4
Featuring work in all craft categories, festival goers can spend all day exploring 165 booths. Admission: $11.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Denver, Colo., July 2-4
Don’t miss Colorado’s premier festival showing 200 of the best fine artists in the country. Admission: free.

The Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach, Calif., July 3-Aug. 31
The outdoor art show displays the work of 140 award-winning artists along with special events like guided art tours. Admission: $7 for a season pass.

Art Santa Fe
Santa Fe, N.M., July 7-10
Check out world-class contemporary art from more than 1,000 international artists. Admission: $8.50.

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach, Calif., July 7-Aug. 31
“Only Make Believe” is the theme of this year’s performance, which sees 500 volunteers transformed into life-sized re-creations of world-famous art. Admission: $15-$100.

Art Fair on the Square
Madison, Wis., July 9-10
In its 53rd year, the festival attracts nearly 200,000 visitors with a range of art and craft, music and family entertainment. Admission: free.

Guilford Craft Expo
Guilford, Conn., July 14-16
The Guilford Art Center’s outdoor show features work from 175 artists as well as a food court, music and children’s crafts. Admission: $7.

Midsummer Festival of the Arts
Sheboygan, Wis., July 16-17
Approximately 135 artists exhibit in a stunning sculpture garden at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Admission: free.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
Ann Arbor, Mich., July 20-23
The fair’s mission to increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and crafts is evidenced by the 150 artist booths. Admission: free.

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
Ann Arbor, Mich., July 20-23
The fair, created and run by the Michigan Guild of Artists & Artisans, is a unique event that gives patrons an opportunity to interact with the artists. Admission: free.

State Street Area Art Fair
Ann Arbor, Mich., July 20-23
The fair combines the talents of 325 artists with a host of merchant displays along the vibrant streets of Ann Arbor’s campus area. Admission: free.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Asheville, N.C., July 21-24
Browse the art of 200 guild members while participating in the fair’s educational demonstrations. Admission: $8.

Bellevue, Wash., July 29-31
With 325 artists from all over the United States and Canada, there is something here for everyone. Admission: free.


Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 4-7
The show is an intimate affair of extraordinary work from 30 galleries. Admission: $15 per day or $25 for a three-day pass.

Anacortes Arts Festival
Anacortes, Wash., Aug. 5-7
The festival provides a one-of-a-kind experience by combining fine art with a rural island setting. Admission: free.

Kimball Arts Festival
Park City, Utah, Aug. 5-7
Set in a renowned ski resort town, this juried event shows work by 220 national artists. Admission: $10.

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair
Newbury, N.H., Aug. 6-14
In addition to 200 artist booths, the show offers two exhibitions, “Living with Craft” and “CraftWear,” a lecture series, demonstrations and a sculpture garden. Admission: $10.

The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 12-14
(See March listing for more information.)

Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 20-21
Featuring work from more than 100 Native American tribes, this market is the largest and oldest Native Arts market in the world. Admission: free.

American Craft Exposition
Evanston, Ill., Aug. 26-28
This highly competitive show displays 12 handcrafted mediums to benefit breast and ovarian cancer research and care. Admission: $15 for a three-day pass.


Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival
Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 2-5
For more than 30 years, this annual Labor Day festival has showcased work by ceramic, fiber, glass and wood artists. Admission: $10-$12.

Art in the Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Portland, Ore., Sept. 3-5
Set in a park, the festival is one of the only all-volunteer, artist-created and -run shows in the Portland area. Admission: free.

Sausalito Art Festival
Sausalito, Calif., Sept. 3-5
Located on the tranquil shores of San Francisco Bay, the view comes only second to the amazing work by the festival’s 280 artists. Admission: $20 or $30 for a three day pass.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sept. 5
This one-day festival allows patrons to surround themselves with work by nearly 200 fine artists and craftspeople from all over the country. Admission: free.

The Saint Louis Art Fair
Clayton, Mo., Sept. 9-11
Along with literary, musical and dance performances, the fair entertains patrons with 170 artists and craftspeople. Admission: free.

Art & Apples Festival
Rochester, Mich., Sept. 9-11
Set in the sprawling 30-acre Rochester Park, the festival features more than 250 artists. Admission: $5 donation.

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend
Wausau, Wis., Sept. 10-11
Hailed as the “biggest art bash in north central Wisconsin,” the weekend includes three events: Art in the Park, the Wausau Festival of Arts and “Birds in Art.” Admission: free.

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, N.J., Sept. 16-18
(See April listing for more information.)

TACA Fall Craft Fair
Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 23-25
(See May listing for more information.)

Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Armonk, N.Y., Sept. 24-25
The juried show displays 200 artists working in paint, mixed media and fine crafts. Admission: $9.

Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
Peoria, Ill., Sept. 24-25
The riverfront venue provides a first-rate experience by showcasing artists working in all mediums. Admission: $7 per day or $10 for a weekend pass.

Peters Valley Craft Fair
Augusta, N.J., Sept. 24-25
The fair features more than 180 booths of fine handmade American crafts along with demonstrations in a number of mediums. Admission: $7.

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 30-Oct. 2
(See April listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Timonium, Md., Sept. 30-Oct. 2
(See March listing for more information.)

St. James Court Art Show
Louisville, Ky., Sept. 30-Oct. 2
One of the nation’s largest art shows features more than 700 artists in historic downtown Louisville. Admission: free.


Crafts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, N.Y., Oct. 1-2
(See June listing for more information.)

Festival of Fine Craft
Millville, N.J., Oct. 1-2
See more than 145 artists show their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. Admission: free.

Bayou City Art Festival
Houston, Texas, Oct. 8-9
(See March listing for more information.)

Sedona Arts Festival
Sedona, Ariz., Oct. 8-9
Browse the work of 150 artists while taking in the red rocks that create a unique festival experience. Admission: $10.

Paradise City Arts Festival
Northampton, Mass., Oct. 8-10
(See March listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., Oct. 14-16
(See March listing for more information.)

Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Northport, Ala., Oct. 15-16
The festival showcases work from almost 300 juried and guest artists of national acclaim. Admission: $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Asheville, N.C., Oct. 20-23
(See July listing for more information.)

Morristown CraftMarket
Morristown, N.J., Oct. 21-23
Check out 160 artists from across U.S. and Canada at this nationally-acclaimed event. Admission: $10 per day or $12 for a weekend pass.

Westchester Craft Show
White Plains, N.Y., Oct. 21-23
Approximately 110 artists provide an exciting mix of work in fiber, clay, mixed media and more. Admission: $12.

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Providence, R.I., Oct. 21-23
(See April listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Somerset, N.J., Oct. 28-30
(See March listing for more information.)


SOFA Chicago 2011
Chicago, Ill., Nov. 4-6
Expect only cutting-edge works that bridge the worlds of design, craft and fine art. Admission: $15 per day or $25 for a three-day pass.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Oaks, Pa., Nov. 4-6
(See March listing for more information.)

One of a Kind Show and Sale NY
New York, N.Y., Nov. 10-13 and 17-20
A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, this show is the ideal place to find unique handmade gifts. Admission: $12.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 10-13
Discover the work of almost 200 high-end artists while watching daily demonstrations. Admission: $15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Hartford, Conn., Nov. 11-13
(See March listing for more information.)

Downtown Festival & Art Show
Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 12-13
This community-oriented event features 250 artists working in more than 10 disciplines. Admission: free.

Best of the Northwest
Seattle, Wash., Nov. 18-20
(See March listing for more information.)

Paradise City Arts Festival
Marlborough, Mass., Nov. 18-20
(See March listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., Nov. 18-20
(See March listing for more information.)

CraftArt 2011
St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 19-20
This show is dedicated strictly to fine craft, as seen in the work of more than 130 artists. Admission: free.

Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair
Winston-Salem, N.C., Nov. 19-20
The warm and welcoming atmosphere found at this fair is only second to the quality work of its craftsmen. Admission: $7 per day or $11 for a weekend pass.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art Festival
Laguna Beach, Calif., Nov. 19-20, 25-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11
Start the holiday season with handcrafted work by 175 artists. Admission: $6 per day or $9 for a season pass.

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair
Covington, Ky., Nov. 25-27
A Thanksgiving tradition for many, the fair allows shoppers to find handmade items for holiday giving. Admission: $7.


One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago
Chicago, Ill., Dec. 1-4
(See November listing for more information.)

Columbus Winterfair
Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2-4
This fair allows shoppers to find handmade items for holiday giving. Admission: $7.

Washington Craft Show
Washington, D.C., Dec. 2-4
More than 10,000 patrons attend this annual craft show to survey the mix of top-notch work by 195 artists. Admission: $15.

Holiday CraftMorristown
Morristown, N.J., Dec. 2-4
(See April listing for more information.)

CraftBoston Holiday
Boston, Mass., Dec. 9-11
Featuring 90 of the most innovative craft artists of our time, it’s an amazing opportunity to be creative with your holiday shopping. Admission: $15.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Chantilly, Va., Dec. 9-11
(See March listing for more information.)


Celebration of Fine Art
Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 4-March 25
Patrons watch artists create their works, from beginning to end, during this 10-week-long festival. Admission: $8.

Bonita Springs National Art Festival
Bonita Springs, Fla., Jan. 14-15
(See March listing for more information.)

Art Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, Fla., Jan. 19-23
The festival presents the best in contemporary art, photography, video, installation and sculpture from 70 galleries. Admission: $15.


St. Armands Circle Art Festival
Sarasota, Fla., Feb. 4-5
Painting, photography and jewelry are just a few of the mediums shown at this annual festival. Admission: free.

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival
Location TBA, Feb. 18-20
This outdoor event showcases a juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts along with artist demonstrations and interactive art activities. Admission: $10.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Coconut Grove, Fla., Feb. 18-20
A signature event on the south Florida cultural calendar, this show offers visitors a chance to meet the exhibiting artists. Admission: $10.

Naples National Art Festival
Naples, Fla., Feb. 25-26
Join 275 artists as they present their work in fine art and craft in downtown Naples’ premier shopping and dining district. Admission: $5 donation.

Style Spotlight: Under the Sea

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has merged science, conservation and art in the exhibition “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.” Shocked by the accelerating demise of coral across the globe, creators and curators Margaret and Christine Wertheim, of the Institute for Figuring, were inspired to tell the story of coral reefs through crochet. Participants from around the world helped create the “The Toxic Reef,” which is on display as part of the exhibition through April 24.

To learn more, visit www.mnh.si.edu.

Style Spotlight: Rewarding Creativity

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Matthias Pliessnig won his grant for work like the steam-bent white oak “Amada.”
Credit: Gene Young/Smithsonian American Art Museum

The national grant-making and advocacy firm United States Artists (USA) has outdone itself again: in December, it selected 52 artists to receive 50 USA Fellowship grants of $50,000 each during a ceremony in New York City. The artists range from award-winning documentary filmmakers to socially conscious designers, and include six notable craft artists.

Passamaquoddy basketmaker Jeremy Frey of Princeton, Maine, W.A. Ehren Tool, a ceramist from Berkeley, Calif., and Jennifer Heller Zurick, a basketweaver based in Berea, Ky., were all recognized, in addition to three artists who have been featured in the pages of AmericanStyle:

Furniture designer Matthias Pliessnig of Philadelphia, Pa., was a prominent part of an article on studio furniture (and featured on the issue’s cover) in April 2008. In the article, he described his recent work as “becoming more and more about holding the body and making connections with historical context.”

“Over the years, I realized it was not being a potter that I was so interested in—it was communicating,” explained Michael Sherrill of Hendersonville, N.C., in a winter 2000-2001 “One on One” feature. “Hopefully, these pieces stay transcendent enough to ‘talk’ about ideas.”

Baltimore, Md.-based bead artist, performance artist and painter Joyce Scott explained in a “One on One” article in the spring 2000 issue, “I’m fearless about beadwork. About everything else I have trepidation.”

Panels of experts judged each artistic discipline, selecting 52 winning artists (including one collaboration) from more than 300 nominated applicants from 46 states. In five years, USA has awarded $12.5 million in unrestricted grants. To read biographies about each artist, visit www.unitedstatesartists.org.

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