Web Exclusive: AmericanStyle’s 2012 Essential Guide to Fairs & Festivals

March 2012 | BY | Issue 79, Spring 2012 | NO COMMENTS

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.

MARCH

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
West Palm Beach, Fla., March 2-4
More than 100 artists present a mix of one-of-a-kind or limited edition work in fiber, glass and metal. Admission: $15.

Kentucky Crafted: The Market
Louisville, Ky., March 3-4
The market features Kentucky’s finest crafts, visual art and books, as well as live performances and demonstrations. Admission: $10.

La Quinta Arts Festival
La Quinta, Calif., March 8-11
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.

The American Craft Council Show in Atlanta
Atlanta, Ga., March 9-11
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 three-day pass.

Scottsdale Arts Festival
Scottsdale, Ariz., March 9-11
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 9-11
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 10-11
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 10-11
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 16-18
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 16-18
Displaying work from 150 artists, the show features craft suited to even the most sophisticated palate. Admission: $7.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Oaks, Pa., March 16-18
(See first March listing for more information.)

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Winter Park, Fla., March 16-18
Discover the artist-lined streets of historic downtown Winter Park and enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Admission: free.

Bayou City Art Festival

Houston, Texas, March 23-25
Explore the work of 300 artists producing original pieces in 18 mediums at this unique event. Admission: $12.

CraftBoston
Boston, Mass., March 23-25
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 23-25
Now in its 17th year, explore the longest-running craft show devoted to furniture and furnishings. Admission: $12 or $15 for a weekend pass.

Tempe Festival of the Arts
Tempe, Ariz., March 30-April 1
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 30-April 1
With more than 100 artists, this juried show features only the best of the best artists and craftspeople. Admission: $7.

APRIL

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., April 13-15
(See March listing for more information.)

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival
The Woodlands, Texas, April 14-15
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 19-22
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 19-22
Presented by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, this juried show features the work of 120 top-notch artists. Admission: $15 per day, $20 for a two-day pass.

The American Craft Council Show in St. Paul
St. Paul, Minn., April 20-22
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.

SOFA New York
New York, N.Y., April 20-23
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.

Fiesta Arts Fair
San Antonio, Texas, April 21-22
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: $10 per day or $16 for a two-day pass.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Timonium, Md., April 27-29
(See March listing for more information.)

Crafts on Columbus
New York, N.Y., April 28-29, May 5-6, May 12-13
The Upper West Side of Manhattan becomes an art gallery, displaying some of America’s best handmade craft. Admission: free.

MAY

Brookside Art Annual
Kansas City, Mo., May 4-5
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.

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Baltimore, Md., May 4-6
This invitational show features handcrafted furniture, and functional and decorative craft in a wide range of designs, styles and materials. Admission: $10 per day, $15 for a two-day pass.

Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, N.Y., May 4-6
Overlooking the Hudson River, this festival showcases works in fiber, metal, clay and mixed media, benefiting the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Admission: $10.

TACA Tennessee Craft Fair
Nashville, Tenn., May 4-6
This festival showcases the work of 180 artists from across the state. Admission: free.

A La Carte & Art
Mountain View, Calif., May 5-6
Enjoy original work from 200 artists and craft artisans, as well as live music, festive food and wine tastings. Admission: free.

Broad Ripple Art Fair
Indianapolis, Ind., May 19-20
A fund-raiser for the Indianapolis Art Center, this fair features 225 artist booths, demonstrations and classes. Admission: $15.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston, Va., May 19-20
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 25-27 and June 1-3
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 26-38
(See March listing for more information.)

JUNE

Columbus Arts Festival
Columbus, Ohio, June 1-3
For more than 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 1-10
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 2-3
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 2-3
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 8-10
(See March listing for more information.)

American Crafts Festival
New York, N.Y., June 9-10 and 16-17
Buy an abundance of unique American crafts from 175 artists. Admission: free.

Old Town Art Fair
Chicago, Ill., June 9-10
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 9-10
In its 56th year, the annual street fair features juried work from 270 artists. Admission: free.

Boardwalk Art Show & Festival
Virginia Beach, Va., June 14-17
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 15-17
Presented by the Milwaukee Art Museum, this annual festival features leading artists as well as a sculpture garden, fashion show and silent auction. Admission: $14 per day or $20 for a three day pass.

Des Moines Arts Festival
Des Moines, Iowa, June 22-24
This festival has 30 hands-on art activities and showcases more than 180 of the country’s best artists. Admission: free.

Crafts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 23-24
This show features handmade works in all mediums in a range of prices and styles. Admission: $7.

Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival
Midway, Ky., June 23-24
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 23-24
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.

Art-A-Fair Festival
Laguna Beach, Calif., June 29-Sept. 2

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 29-Sept. 2
Lasting longer than two months, this event’s mission is to educate the public about handcrafted art made in the Laguna Beach area. Admission: $7.75.

JULY

The Festival of Arts
Laguna Beach, Calif., July 1-Aug. 31
The outdoor art show displays the work of 140 award-winning artists along with special events like guided art tours. Admission: $10 for a season pass.

Berkshires Arts Festival
Great Barrington, Mass., July 6-8
Featuring work in all craft categories, festival goers can spend all day exploring 165 booths. Admission: $11, $13 for a three-day pass.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Denver, Colo., July 6-8
Don’t miss Colorado’s premier festival showing 200 of the best fine artists in the country. Admission: free.

Pageant of the Masters
Laguna Beach, Calif., July 7-Aug. 31
“The Genius” 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 Santa Fe
Santa Fe, N.M., July 12-15
Check out world-class contemporary art from more than 1,000 international artists. Admission: $10.

Art Fair on the Square
Madison, Wis., July 14-15
In its 53rd year, the festival attracts nearly 200,000 visitors with a range of art and craft, music and family entertainment. Admission: free.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
Ann Arbor, Mich., July 18-21
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 18-21
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 18-21
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 19-22
Browse the art of 200 guild members while participating in the fair’s educational demonstrations. Admission: $8.

Guilford Craft Expo
Guilford, Conn., July 19-22
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 21-22
Approximately 135 artists exhibit in a stunning sculpture garden at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Admission: free.

Artsfair
Bellevue, Wash., July 27-29
With 325 artists from all over the United States and Canada, there is something here for everyone. Admission: free.

AUGUST

SOFA West
Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 2-5
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. 3-5
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. 3-5
Set in a renowned ski resort town, this juried event shows work by 220 national artists. Admission: $10.

The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco
San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 3-15
(See March listing for more information.)

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair
Newbury, N.H., Aug. 4-12
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.

Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe, N.M., Aug. 18-19
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. 24-26
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., Aug. 31-Sept.3
For more than 30 years, this annual Labor Day festival has showcased work by ceramic, fiber, glass and wood artists. Admission: $10-12.

SEPTEMBER

Art in the Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Portland, Ore., Sept. 1-3
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. 1-3
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: $25or $40 for a three day pass.

Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival
Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sept. 3
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. 7-9
Along with literary, musical and dance performances, the fair entertains patrons with 170 artists and craftspeople. Admission: free.

Art & Apples Festival
Rochester, Mich., Sept. 7-9
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. 8-9
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. 21-23
(See April listing for more information.)

TACA Fall Craft Fair
Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 28-30
(See May listing for more information.)

Armonk Outdoor Art Show
Armonk, N.Y., Sept. 29-30
The juried show displays 200 artists working in paint, mixed media and fine crafts. Admission: $10.

Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair
Peoria, Ill., Sept. 29-30
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. 29-30
The fair features more than 180 booths of fine handmade American crafts along with demonstrations in a number of mediums. Admission: $7.

Crafts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, N.Y., Sept. 29-30
(See June listing for more information.)

OCTOBER

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 5-7
(See April listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Timonium, Md., Oct. 5-7
(See March listing for more information.)

St. James Court Art Show
Louisville, Ky., Oct. 5-7
One of the nation’s largest art shows features more than 700 artists in historic downtown Louisville. Admission: free.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., Oct. 5-7
(See March listing for more information.)

Festival of Fine Craft
Millville, N.J., Oct. 6-7
See more than 145 artists show their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. Admission: free.

Paradise City Arts Festival
Northampton, Mass., Oct. 6-8
(See March listing for more information.)

Westchester Craft Show

White Plains, N.Y., Oct. 12-14
Approximately 110 artists provide an exciting mix of work in fiber, clay, mixed media and more. Admission: $12.

Bayou City Art Festival
Houston, Texas, Oct. 13-14
(See March listing for more information.)

Sedona Arts Festival
Sedona, Ariz., Oct. 13-14
Browse the work of 150 artists while taking in the red rocks that create a unique festival experience. Admission: $10.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Asheville, N.C., Oct. 18-21
(See July listing for more information.)

Morristown CraftMarket
Morristown, N.J., Oct. 19-21
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.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Northport, Ala., Oct. 20-21
The festival showcases work from almost 300 juried and guest artists of national acclaim. Admission: $10.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Somerset, N.J., Oct. 26-28
(See March listing for more information.)

NOVEMBER

SOFA Chicago 2012
Chicago, Ill., Nov. 2-3
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.

Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
Providence, R.I., Nov. 2-4
(See April listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Oaks, Pa., Nov. 2-4
(See March listing for more information.)

Downtown Festival & Art Show
Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 3-4
This community-oriented event features 250 artists working in more than 10 disciplines. Admission: free.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 8-11
Discover the work of almost 200 high-end artists while watching daily demonstrations. Admission: $15 per day or $20 for a two-day pass.

Best of the Northwest
Seattle, Wash., Nov. 16-18
(See March listing for more information.)

Paradise City Arts Festival
Marlborough, Mass., Nov. 16-18
(See March listing for more information.)

Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Gaithersburg, Md., Nov. 16-18
(See March listing for more information.)

Washington Craft Show
Washington, D.C., Nov. 16-18
More than 10,000 patrons attend this annual craft show to survey the mix of top-notch work by 195 artists. Admission: $15.

CraftArt 2012
St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 17-18
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. 17-18
The warm and welcoming atmosphere found at this fair is only second to the quality work of its craftsmen. Admission: TBD

Greater Cincinnati Winterfair

Covington, Ky., Nov. 23-25
A Thanksgiving tradition for many, the fair allows shoppers to find handmade items for holiday giving. Admission: $7.

Holiday CraftMorristown
Morristown, N.J., Nov. 30-Dec. 2
(See April listing for more information.) 

DECEMBER

One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago
Chicago, Ill., Dec. 6-9
A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, this show is the ideal place to find unique handmade gift. Admission: $12.

CraftBoston Holiday
Boston, Mass., Dec. 7-9
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. 7-9
(See March listing for more information.)

JANUARY 2013

Celebration of Fine Art
Scottsdale, Ariz., TBA
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., TBA
(See March listing for more information.)

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

FEBRUARY 2013

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

ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival
TBA
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. 16-18
A signature event on the south Florida cultural calendar, this show, celebrating its 50th anniversary, offers visitors a chance to meet the exhibiting artists. Admission: $10.

Naples National Art Festival
Naples, Fla., Feb. 23-24
Join 275 artists as they present their work in fine art and craft in downtown Naples’ premier shopping and dining district. Admission: $5 donation.

Studio Glass at 50: Breaking Away

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Harvey Greenleaf demonstrates glassblowing techniques to Rosemary Gulassa while Harvey Littleton, center, looks on. Collection of the Corning Museum of Glass

It could have been just nine exhilarating and exhausting days: a dozen artists melting glass and twirling blowpipes with the curiosity of 10-year-olds tinkering with a chemistry set. But through a combination of tenacity and serendipity, what happened at a workshop in a garage on the grounds of the Toledo Museum of Art in March 1962 triggered art’s equivalent of a chemical reaction. Fifty years later, we are still feeling its effects.

The man behind the workshop and a second that followed in June was Harvey Littleton. Today he is an icon; back then he was a potter, husband, father, teacher, dreamer and indefatigable searcher. The son of the head of research at Corning Glass Works, Littleton took his father’s word for it that you couldn’t work glass alone, according to Littleton’s biographer and former student Joan Falconer Byrd. The prevailing hypothesis was that you could throw a pot and fire it in your studio, but to make something from glass you needed the kind of furnace and teamwork that only an industrial setting could provide. When it came time to enroll at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Littleton chose ceramics.

But there is “a romance to glass,” to borrow from Byrd, and for years Littleton carried a torch for it. In 1958, on a break from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he traveled to Venice. Watching the glassblowers of Murano, he started to believe he could work glass solo. Back home, he melted glass in his kiln, blew some “bubbles,” and improvised a furnace and an annealing chamber—not Murano caliber, but the results were credible enough that word got around the craft community and glass emerged as a hot topic at the 1961 national conference of the American Craftsmen’s Council.

Still, there was a long way to go. As Corning Museum of Glass director Paul Perrot cautioned conference attendees, “The true potential of this fascinating material will only burst forth with the entry of many more craftsmen into the field.”

To read the rest of the story, pick up a copy of the Winter 2011-2012 issue of AmericanStyle today!

All Creatures Great and Small

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The blue-footed Paromius can be found skimming the water, consuming everything that will fit in its floppy gullet. Courtesy of the Jane Sauer Gallery

In a small studio in Santa Fe, N.M., a modern-day alchemist bends over his worktable. Around him lie piles of twisted sticks, bicycle tires, baling wire, rusted screws and washers, torn canvas, medallions and a few tools. Layer by layer, contemporary sculptor Geoffrey Gorman builds charismatic creatures that, with the final touches, suddenly become “real.” As the puppet Geppetto once carved from wood turned into the boy Pinocchio, so do Gorman’s creatures come alive, exploring the territories between reality and legend, science and imagination.

Commenting on why collectors are increasingly attracted to Gorman’s work and why she is pleased to represent it, Jane Sauer, of the Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, said, “Geoffrey captures whimsy in the midst of a serious dialogue on the relationship between man and animal. His pieces are so complex that you can return again and again and see new details. For me, it was love at first sight. Geoffrey has an uncanny ability to illustrate the core traits of any animal, yet make them quite human.”

To read the whole story, pick up your copy of the Winter 2011-2012 issue of AmericanStyle today!

Portfolio: The Beauty of Opposites

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Sterling silver and 18kt gold combine in an elegant wide cuff. Credit: Munir Doumet

The jewelry of Sana Doumet is a study in contrasts. Graceful 18-karat gold tendrils entwine around sturdy shapes of sterling silver. Primeval spirals adorn a contemporary form. Warmth and coldness embrace each other.

Doumet’s pieces celebrate these contradictions: They are at once delicate and strong, ancient and modern, silver and gold. These contrasting elements combine into a harmonious whole that Doumet refers to as “the beauty of opposites.”

Lebanese-born Doumet began her artistic life as a sculptor. However, she found the large dimensions too unwieldy. She turned her attention to making jewelry, sculpture on a smaller scale.

Indeed, the three-dimensional qualities of her pieces reflect an affinity for sculptural form. In a shimmering necklace from her “Ribbed” collection, sterling silver bars enclose freshwater pearls. The “Bird’s Nest” collection features exquisite silver “twigs” bound together with golden wire. Her ring designs showcase layered bands of gleaming precious metals.

To read the whole story, pick up a copy of the Winter 2011-2012 issue of AmericanStyle today!

Editor’s Note: A Closer Look at Gorman’s World

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Geoffrey Gorman’s “Apetola Investigates” incorporates a shell of sturdy mountain bike tires. Courtesy of the Jane Sauer Gallery

The first thing you notice about Geoffrey Gorman’s sculptures is their size: they are very big. And mesmerizing. And varied.

Some of them carry what look like whole boxes of bolts, hooks, screws, washers, keys, nails and wires on their backs. Others have mates. All come with Latin names, species identifications and fascinating back stories, courtesy of the irrepressible Mr. Gorman.

If you look at these animals long enough, you can even imagine a complete set of them marching two by two onto a new Noah’s Ark.

I had a chance to chat with Geoffrey about his evolving menagerie at the Jane Sauer Gallery during a recent visit to Santa Fe. Two parts Merlin, three parts Huck Finn, he relishes his role as mythmaking artist and thoroughly enjoys conjuring tales to match each new creature he invents.

Strange names come tumbling out—Degeeri (an otter), Dryomis and Perigyps (two ibis), Jayakari (an antelope), Paromius (a pelican). Body constructions include everything from cedar branches to flattened bicycle tires and talismanic trinkets hanging down from the animals’ torsos.

“We’re all trying to figure out each other’s cultural identifications,” Gorman says of the human race. All the bits and pieces of materials he uses to assemble his menagerie are meant to give hints about the animals’ origins.

Gorman has even created a cultural identifier for himself. ”Sometimes closer spiritually to the animals he creates than the humans he exists with” it reads in part, “Geoffrey Gorman (species name: Geoffrensis) is characterized by an obsessive fascination with discarded artifacts and the development of ‘animology,’ the study and documentation of animal societies showing advanced cultural complexities.”

For a complete profile of Geoffrey Gorman and a look at even more of the creatures he sometimes calls “stick figures with wire,” take a look at the Winter 2012 issue of AmericanStyle. And enjoy!

Palette: Art Soars on Nature’s Wings

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Birds are a recurring motif in Judith Smith’s work. Credit: Sherwood P. Smith

Pastellist and encaustic artist Judith Gebhard Smith stands in out front of her Nightwing Studio at the edge of Puget Sound, gazing at the gulls and ravens circling overhead. She knows the formula for encaustic: melt beeswax, add pigment, paint, then fuse. She also knows that she alone must pick up the tools to make her art happen.

It all began with passion and a gift. Recognizing her abilities in biology and science, Smith’s father encouraged her early on to become a doctor. Young and willing, she began premed studies at Chatham College in Pennsylvania, but soon opted to take a different path and transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to study art history.

“My undergraduate art history degree grounded me,” she says, ”allowing me to keep one foot in medicine and the other in art. I never regretted that decision, but I also knew it was just the beginning.”

To find out the rest of Judith Gebhard Smith’s story, pick up the Winter 2011-2012 issue of AmericanStyle.















Online Exclusive: The State of Craft

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The Guild Store – Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

Shopping for a gift?  Redecorating your family room?  Splurging on accessories or jewelry?  You’ll find what you are seeking at galleries that specialize in the handcrafted products made in your state.

Whether you’re coveting a handbag, vase, basket, bowl or brooch, you can appreciate the fine craftsmanship that sets locally handmade items apart from mass-produced merchandise.

You’ll see designs ranging in style from traditional folk to contemporary couture. The prices are pleasing, too: At many galleries, you can find handmade items for under $50 as well as masterworks at collector prices.  Whatever you choose, you can be certain that your spending will contribute to economic recovery by supporting artists in the state where you live.

How will you find the stores that carry made-in-your-state handcraft?  We have them right here! Exclusively for AmericanStyle readers, we’ve compiled a list of great galleries, sorted by geographic region. Originally researched to help out a reporter from USA Today, the list includes galleries that are nonprofit, guild-run, government-backed or founded with an economic development mission. On Dec. 9, USA Today published 10 of the names: You get to see them all. Scroll ahead.

Also, AmericanStyle maintains an online list of great galleries of American craft, most of them run by independent and local small businesses. Use the drop-down menu below for a state-by-state directory.

Happy handmade holidays!

AmericanStyle State-By-State Directory

 
WESTERN STATES

Volcano Art Center Gallery
In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 129
Volcano, HI 96785

Hours:  Daily, 9am-5pm
(808) 967-8222
www.vacgallery.com

Handcrafted art works by more than 300 local artists. The gallery is located at Kilauea on the big island of Hawaii, in the 1877 Volcano House hotel under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. Annual exhibition and sale of artisan-made wreaths and ornaments continues through Christmas.

Crafty Wonderland
802 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR

Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; and Sun, Noon-5pm
(503) 224-9097
www.craftywonderland.com

The Crafty Wonderland shop opened a year ago as a pop-up shop representing 100 Portand-area artists. It was intended to exist only as a six-week holiday sale taking over a vacant storefront. Downtown Portland embraced the indie artists and local support has enabled the store to stay in place. Its organizers also sponsor retail shows at the convention center.

Corner Gallery Ukiah – Art Center Ukiah
201-203 South State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

(707) 462-1400
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm; closed Sun-Mon
www.artcenterukiah.org

Art Center Ukiah is a non-profit organization with classes, workshops and public events and exhibitions. Corner Gallery Ukiah is an artist cooperative-run retail store with local member artists showing their work in a full variety of art forms. The Art Center and the Corner Gallery are located next to each other with an interconnecting door, and a relationship that helps sustain them both.

Marin Jewelers Guild
at Art Works Downtown

1331 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 454-2711
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm
www.marinjewelersguild.com

Marin Jewelers Guild is a cooperative of local artists who design and hand-fabricate distinctive jewelry from silver, copper, gold, bronze and precious and semi-precious stones. The guild’s for-profit retail store is a tenant of Art Works Downtown, a nonprofit center for art built in a former opera house complex.

The Art Studios at Spanish Village Art Center
1770 Village Place (in Balboa Park)
San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 233-9050
Hours:  Daily, 11am-4pm
www.Spanishvillageart.com

Home to San Diego artist guilds representing painters, potters, sculptors, enamellists and woodcarvers, the Center emphasizes locally made and regional art. Visitors see artists at work in their studio-galleries. Built in 1935 to depict a Spanish village for the second California Pacific International Exposition, the village is located in Balboa Park.

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
111 South Grand Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715

(406) 587-9797
www.theemerson.org

The nonprofit Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is located in a former school building. It relies on community support and the ventures undertaken under its roof, including three non-profit galleries and seven for-profit galleries. These include the Mud Room, which sells ceramics made by Montana artists. Also, in the center’s Galleria Hall are several privately run retail boutiques including Tart, which carries affordable craft objects made from up-cycled and recycled materials by Montana artists.

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts Sales Gallery
2915 Country Club Avenue
Helena, MT 59602

(406) 443-3502, ext. 18
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, and in holiday season open Sundays, 1pm-5pm
www.archiebray.org

The annual holiday sale continues through Dec. 23 at this nonprofit educational institution, founded by a brickmaker in 1951.  The foundation maintains a gallery of fine and affordable ceramic artwork made by its current and past resident artists and faculty.

 

NEW ENGLAND
Center for Maine Craft Gallery
West Gardiner Travel Plaza
Route 126, off Exit 103 from 95 South.
Mailing address:  24 Service Plaza Drive, West Gardiner, ME 04345

(207) 588-0021
Hours: 9am-8pm
www.mainecrafts.org

The nonprofit Maine Crafts Association operates this gallery. The Center was created with collaboration from state departments and agencies, as a unique place in a highway service plaza where made-in-Maine products could be promoted. Also visit the association’s two pop-up stores open now through Christmas in the Maine Mall, 364 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, 04106, enter through the food court; and the Bangor Mall, 663-Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, Maine, 04401.

Frog Hollow Craft Gallery
85 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401

(802) 863-6458
Hours (holiday season): Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; and Sunday 11am-7pm through Jan 7
www.froghollow.org/content/our-gallery

Founded in 1971 in Middlebury, Vt., Frog Hollow bills itself as the first designated “state craft center” in the nation. The nonprofit Frog Hollow Foundation operates the gallery. Two additional Vermont State Craft Centers were designated in 2009: Artisans Hand Craft Gallery, 89 Main Street/City Center, Montpelier, VT 05602, (802) 229-9492, a cooperative gallery carrying the work of more than 150 Vermont artists; and the Gallery at the Vault, 68 Main Street, Springfield, VT, 05156 (802) 885-7111, which carries local and regional artist works.

The League of NH Craftsmen Retail Galleries
The nonprofit League of NH Craftsmen oversees a network of eight retail galleries around the state. These galleries feature the work of juried craftspeople from New Hampshire.

 

SOUTH
Mississippi Crafts Center Gallery
950 Rice Road
Ridgeland, MS 39157

(601) 856-7546
www.mscrafts.org

The Mississippi Crafts Center opened in Nov. 2006, and belongs to the state; the nonprofit Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is self-supporting and must maintain the facility through its projects and fund-raising. At the gallery, shoppers see the work of more than 400 members who are fine craft artists. The guild also operates the Mississippi Craft Center Gallery at Fondren, 2906 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, and hopes to open a second satellite gallery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the spring to assist with restoring art districts destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
200 Artisan Way (off I-75 at Exit 77)
Berea, KY 40403

(859) 985-5448
www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov

The center began as a local initiative in Madison County, following a tornado that struck Berea in 1996, and developed into a state economic development initiative.  The Kentucky legislature designated funds to build the state artisan center, which opened in 2003 and is a state agency.  At the gallery, you’ll find folk art and other fine crafts.

South Carolina Artisans Center
3318 Wichman Street
Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-0011
Hours:  Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sundays 1pm-6pm
www.scartisancenter.com

Designated by the state legislature as South Carolina’s official folk art and craft center, it is located near Charleston.  The center presents the work of nearly 300 South Carolina artists. Started by three local women with a goal of economic development for downtown Walterboro, it received city, state and corporate help to open.

Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery
601 N. Trade Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

(336) 725-1516
Hours: Tues-Fri, 10:30am-5pm; and Sat 11am-4pm
www.piedmontcraftsmen.org

The shop carries a wide range of unique works by members of Piedmont Craftsmen Inc., a nonprofit guild representing more than 400 Southeastern artists. Fine craft representing folk traditions and contemporary art works are available for sale.

Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center
Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville, NC 28805

(828) 298-7928
Hours: 9am-6pm, from April to December
www.southernhighlandguild.org

The oldest continuously operating craft shop in the United States, Allanstand was started by a missionary in 1897 and was donated to the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 1930. The Guild represents more than 900 craftspeople from nine southeastern states. The store presents the work of  200 members of the guild, with fine traditional and contemporary crafts in media including fiber, clay, wood, glass, metal, paper and natural materials. The guild operates four additional shops in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, and a prestigious juried craft fair, and partners with the National Park Service.

  • Guild Crafts, 930 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805,  (828) 298-7903
  • Parkway Craft Center, Milepost 294, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, (828) 295-7938
  • Cumberland Crafts, US 25, E. Middlesboro, KY 40965, 606-242-3699
  • Arrowcraft, 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, 865-436-4604

Florida Craftsmen
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 821-7391
Hours: Mon-Wed, 10am-5:30pm; Thurs, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-5:30pm
www.floridacraftsmen.net

A statewide nonprofit organization for fine craft art, Florida Craftsmen Inc. teaches workshops to assist artists with their business and art skills, and maintains a fine craft gallery. The gallery features contemporary craft works from more than 300 Florida artists.  Florida Craftsmen Inc. is supported by the state’s Division of Cultural Affairs.

RHINO Contemporary Crafts Co.
The Shops at Canal Place, Level 3
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-7945
www.rhinocrafts.com/gallery

RHINO stands for Right Here in New Orleans. It is a nonprofit artist cooperative incorporated in 1987 and devoted to promoting fine crafts made in Louisiana. Shoppers can meet fine craft artists on duty in the gallery, which sells its members’ work.

ArtWorks
The Galveston Art Center
2501 Market Street

Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 763-2403
www.contemporaryartgalveston.org/artworks.html

The ArtWorks retail gallery carries the contemporary creations of Texans, in all media including woodworking, ceramics, and metalsmithing.  Sales support the artist and the art center. Incorporated in 1986, the Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is an independent nonprofit organization.

 

MID-ATLANTIC
Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia

1 Tamarack Park
Beckley, WV 25801-2674
(304) 256-6843
Hours:  Sun-Sat, 8am-8pm
www.tamarackwv.com

Conceived as a state economic development initiative and built by the Parkways Authority, Tamarack became the nation’s first statewide showcase of craft, art, theater and cuisine. The facility includes a retail gallery, which showcases thousands of handcrafted objects by West Virginia artists.

Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway
1 Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210

(276) 492-2095
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm and Sun: 10am-3pm
www.heartwoodvirginia.org

Newly opened in 2011, Heartwood was founded as an economic development initiative by the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission and ‘Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network.  It features several galleries devoted to traditional and contemporary Southwest Virginia handcraft, including quilts and coverlets, baskets and pottery, art glass and jewelry.

Artisans Center of Virginia, “The Official State Artisans Center”
601 Shenandoah Village Drive
Near Milepost 0 of both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive
Waynesboro, VA 22980

(540) 946-3294
www.Artisanscenterofvirginia.org

Part of the state’s Artisan Trail Network, the center features the work of Virginia artists in its retail sales gallery and exhibition space. The Center also has a program designating “retailer partners,” additional locations where shoppers can find Virginia fine craft. (These partners are listed on the center’s website.) Economic development directives given to state agencies by the governor in 1987 led to the founding of the center. In 2000, it was designated as the “official state artisans center.”

Art Galleries at The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org

The building complex was originally a torpedo factory and later, a federal storage facility. With city and artist collaboration, several renovations occurred, and now the Center is a highlight of the Potomac River waterfront in Alexandria. Along with 1,000 cooperative gallery members and some 2,000 art students, the Center attracts artists from across the region to its multiple studios, galleries and classes. Among the galleries are the Scope Gallery, a clay artists’ cooperative; the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery; and the Enamelists Gallery – all of which show work by artists from the Alexandria and Washington D.C. areas.

MIDDLE STATES
The Guild Store – Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

252 N. Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 717-431-8706
(717) 431-8706
Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm
www.pacrafts.org/shop-now/guild-store/

This award-winning retail store sells works made by members of the nonprofit Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

Ohio Craft Museum & Gift Shop
1665 W. Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

(614) 486-4402
www.ohiocraft.org

The museum is a program of the nonprofit Ohio Designer Craftsmen, a guild with more than 2,000 members.  OCM is the only museum in the Midwest exclusively devoted to exhibiting and collecting fine craft. The gift store carries work by artists from Ohio, the nation and the world.

The Gift Gallery at the Foothills Art Center
809 Fifteenth Street
Downtown Golden, CO 80401

(303) 279-3922
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 1pm-5pm. Holiday art market is open through Dec. 30, 2011.
www.foothillsartcenter.org

Staffed by artist volunteers, the Gift Gallery features exclusively works by Colorado artists. The juried holiday sale includes jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber, glass and photography. Local artists founded the nonprofit art center in 1968.  Today, it occupies a historic Victorian mansion and nearby gothic-style church.

Illinois Artisans Shop
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 2-200
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 814-5321
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/chicago/geninfo.html

The Southern Illinois Artisans Shop
at the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center
14967 Gun Creek Trail
Whittington, IL 62897

(618) 629-2220
Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm

http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/so-il/events.html

The Illinois Artisans Shop, in downtown Chicago, showcases a diverse collection of works by Illinois artists.  The Southern Illinois Artisans Shop presents fine craft by more than 850 juried Illinois artists, plus workshops and demonstrations. Both shops are operated as part of the Illinois State Museum System, which is headquartered in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield and overseen by a state museum board.

The Textile Center Shop at The Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

(612) 436-0464
Hours: Mon-Thu, 10am-7pm; and Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm
www.textilecentermn.org/shop.asp

Through Dec. 30, the Textile Center Shop is featuring fine-quality, artist-made fiber art by more than 150 artists, mostly from Minnesota. Included are felted and knitted accessories, shibori-dyed garments, beaded items and art quilts. The Textile Center, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit member organization and a national center for fiber art, the first facility in Minnesota representing all fiber art forms including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, needlework, lace making, basketry and beading.

Frank M. Basile Studio Shop at the Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

(317) 255-2464
Hours: Mon-Sat, noon-6pm
www.indplsartcenter.org

The Basile Studio Shop showcases fine craft and art by Indiana artists, including glass, ceramics, works on paper, jewelry and wood. The Indianapolis Art Center had humble roots in a Works Progress Administration/Depression-era art league, which operated a school.  Today, the foundation-backed Indianapolis Art Center continues to offer arts training and community arts programs.

Gallery of Wood Art
American Association of Woodturners
222 Landmark Center
75 W. 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 484-9094
Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm; Sun, Noon-3pm, and by appointment
www.galleryofwoodart.org

The gift store carries work by woodturners from across the country, with an emphasis on regional artists. The store features a wide range of work and prices, from handcrafted pens and Christmas ornaments to kitchen items and vessels. The American Association of Woodturners is a nonprofit.

Craft Alliance Gallery Shop
6640 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130

(314) 725-1177, ext. 322
www.craftalliance.org

Craft Alliance was established in 1964. Its Gallery Shop in Delmar Loop sells jewelry and clay, glass, fiber, wood and metal art by local and national artists.  Craft Alliance is a funded member of the Arts & Education Council of Greater St. Louis and receives support from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council as well as individual, corporate and foundation donors.

Style Spotlight: Cities Roll Out Some Very Big Outdoor Art

December 2011 | BY | Issue 78, Winter 2011-2012 | NO COMMENTS

Claes Oldenburg’s “Paint Torch” rises at a 60-degree angle.

Two cities in different parts of the country have recently gone for art in a big way.

In August, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Lenfest Plaza in Philadelphia unveiled a new sculpture by 82-year-old artist Claes Oldenburg. The pop sculptor has made a career of blowing everyday objects up to gargantuan proportions and installing them in major cities across the country. Oldenburg’s latest creation is a 51-foot, light-filled paintbrush called “Paint Torch.”

This is Oldenburg’s second installation in the City of Brotherly Love. His first sculpture was a monumental 12,000-pound clothespin installed in 1976. In his newest piece, the paintbrush sticks up at a 60-degree angle, and a glob of “paint” sits on the sidewalk. Most notably, this is the first piece he has created since the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Coosje van Bruggen, in 2009.

In July, Chicago’s Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue became home to a 26-foot, 34,000-pound sculpture celebrating a classic scene in American cinema. J. Seward Johnson’s “Forever Marilyn” features a supersized Marilyn Monroe as she appeared in Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, frozen in the moment as her iconic white dress is raised by a blast of air.

But as it beset the actress herself, controversy has surrounded the sculpture since its debut. Complaints range from claims that the piece is sexist (there have been stories of lewd novelty pictures being taken) to questions about the quality of the art itself (critics have called it “kitschy”), to irritation over the fact that the movie took place in New York City, not Chicago.

Style Spotlight: ‘Genius Grant’ Goes to Master Silversmith

December 2011 | BY | Issue 78, Winter 2011-2012 | NO COMMENTS

Ubaldo Vitali is one of 22 new MacArthur fellows. Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ubaldo Vitali, a fourth-generation silversmith, has won a prestigious MacArthur Foundation award. He is one of 22 new MacArthur Fellows for 2011. Others, from a wide range of disciplines, include an architect, a cellist, a poet, a sports medicine researcher and a radio producer. Each receives $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. The fellowships, often called “genius grants,” are underwritten by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and are intended to give recipients complete freedom to reflect, create and explore.

Vitali, 67, uses his extensive knowledge of past and modern metalworking techniques to restore historical masterworks and to create original pieces in his Maplewood, N.J., studio. He trained in the workshops of his father and grandfather in Italy before moving to the United States in 1967.

Vitali does everything needed to restore or create a piece himself, from chemical analysis and mixing raw materials, to making molds and custom building tools. He has worked for Tiffany, Steuben, Bulgari, Cartier and Movado, as well as completing commissions for Queen Elizabeth II, American presidents and Italian dignitaries.

Vitali says he is interested in the play of light off the surfaces of metals. As he told Smithsonian magazine before his exhibition at the Renwick Craft Invitational in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, “Each object reflects its own structure, its own soul, its own personality.”

Style Spotlight: Even at 80, Babar Still Gets Around

December 2011 | BY | Issue 78, Winter 2011-2012 | NO COMMENTS

Babar celebrates his 80th birthday with museum exhibitions around the world. Credit: The Hyde Collection

Babar, the wise elephant, has become Babar, the ubiquitous elephant, as museums on two continents celebrate the 80th birthday of the beloved children’s book character.

On Dec. 8, the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs opened a retrospective exhibition fêting Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff’s book series, begun in 1931. Since then, there have been dozens of books and all kinds of spin-offs, including toys, films, a TV series, board games, figurines and even giant inflatable Babars for parades. Through more than 100 original drawings, the exhibition depicts how Babar has evolved over the years. It runs until Sept. 2, 2012.

On this side of the Atlantic, the traveling exhibit “Draw Me a Story: A Century of Children’s Book Illustration” explores the world of kids’ literature through the works of 41 artists. It includes adventure stories, fairy tales, books about animals and even imaginative ABCs by such artists and authors as Kate Greenaway, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer and Sarah Noble Ives. The exhibition originated at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and will open at the Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh Jan. 28.

While the exhibit was on view at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y., this fall, the museum also presented “Hyde and Seek: Illustrated Children’s Books From the Permanent Collection,” marking the first time the books had been on view. Babar was prominent among the books, which belonged to the grandchildren of Samuel and Eliza Pruyn, whose daughters, Mary, Charlotte and Nell, lived in the three houses that now comprise the heart of The Hyde Collection’s campus.

Style Spotlight: Finds!

December 2011 | BY | Issue 78, Winter 2011-2012 | NO COMMENTS

Barbie as Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer I.”

Okay, it’s not handcrafted. It’s not one of a kind. It’s not even hard to find. But it was just too striking to pass up: the first release of the Barbie Collector Museum Collection, featuring a gorgeous representation of Gustav Klimt’s “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” complete with the famous Viennese beauty’s golden dress and upswept hairdo. The original painting, now in New York’s Neue Galerie, sold for $135 million in 2006. The Barbie beauty is somewhat more affordable: she retails for around $40. Others in the collectible series were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”—with an enigmatic half-smile on Barbie’s face—and by Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” reimagined as Barbie in a swirly cocktail dress

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