East Coast/West Coast...Shows & Honors

East Coast/West Coast...Shows & Honors

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Girasole Ring, paper jewelry by Francesca Vitali.

The American Craft Show Baltimore
As a new year approaches, the Council is busy preparing for its 34th annual show in February at the Baltimore Convention Center, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation. Buyers can save time by pre-registering online until Feb. 18 for badges to access the wholesale event (Feb. 23–24). Now running for four days, the retail portion will take place Feb. 25–28.

There will be several opportunities for wholesale buyers to mix and mingle, including complimentary continental breakfast, educational seminars and roundtables with leading experts in the field. For the second consecutive year, Canadian makers will be among the 700 talented artists presenting their work. Special exhibition categories, at both wholesale and retail portions of the show, include the debut of Lawn & Garden and repeat appearances of Craft4Kids and Green Craft as well as School-to-Market, which builds a bridge between academic study and the craft marketplace. This year the Council invited students from the Rhode Island School of Design and Savannah College of Art and Design to curate a section for their work.

At the retail show the work of 15 AltCraft Artists will once again be on view. This bustling section celebrates the burgeoning indie movement. Demonstrations offer even more opportunities for visitors to interact with expert makers and learn about craft.

Artists Honored At San Francisco Show
At the American Craft Show in San Francisco, held Aug. 14–16, Awards of Excellence were presented to Jeung-Hwa Park of Providence, RI, for her fashion accessories, Los Angeles ceramist Maria White, and Francesca Vitali of Rochester, NY, for her paper jewelry.

The top award for booth design went to Niki Ulehla of San Francisco for her display of jewelry. Jennifer McCabe, the director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art was the invited juror.