Excited to start holiday shopping but don’t know where to begin? Come to the Westport Young Woman’s League’s 39th annual CraftWestport, November 8 and 9, 2014, for the opportunity to find unique, handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. CraftWestport brings more than 175 fine contemporary artists and craftspeople from the region and across the country to exhibit at Connecticut’s largest indoor fine craft festival.
Visitors will enjoy the rare opportunity to meet these visionary artists and purchase their latest work as well as help to raise money for local charities. There will be something for everyone at CraftWestport, from the collector, art enthusiast and discerning shopper to the imaginative holiday gift giver. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry; fashion and accessories; furniture, and home décor pieces; as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. Net proceeds from admission fees will be distributed to local charities by the Westport Young Woman’s League.
SPECIAL POP-UP MARKETPLACE
Returning for its second year at CraftWestport is a pop-up marketplace of local artists. Hand-selected by the Westport Young Woman’s League, these artists will provide a unique view of the local talent and will include fun, budget-friendly items great for the holiday season.
FEATURED CONNECTICUT ARTISTS
Connecticut is well represented with over 25 participating artists from around the region including: colorful felted scarf maker Elizabeth Rubidge of Westport; celebrated wooden vessel sculptor Peter Petrochko of Oxford; unusual handpainted tide clock maker Alan Winick of Westport; reclaimed hardcover book handbag maker Kathleen Scranton of Coventry; photographer Tom Kretsch of Westport who photographs local life as well as his personal travels; and collectable glass animal artist Vadim Pavliouk of Shelton. A full list of local CraftWestport artists is available upon request.
Tasty local treats will also be available at the show by Norwalk’s own coffee roasting company, Solude Coffee, Greenwich based Prima Dolce berry compote and Weston based edible raw cookie dough Whipped Up. Baked goods will also be available for purchase by the Westport Young Woman’s League; net proceeds will be donated to ElderHouse, a not-for-profit adult day center, serving seniors in Fairfield County.
FEATURED NATIONAL ARTISTS
CraftWestport is a high quality, national “fine” craft show featuring some of the country’s leading contemporary craft artists including: vibrantly colored felt jewelry by Danielle Gori-Montanelli; whimsical figurative clay sculpture by Margaret Wozniak; geometric wool jackets by Teresa Marie Widuch; life-size human caricature dolls by Barbara and Eli Lalicich; wooden kaleidoscopes by Arny Weinstein; three-dimensional structural steel jewelry by Donna D’Aquino; metal Judaica by Nachshon Peleg; and paper mache ornaments by Kathy Marx. A full list of CraftWestport artists is available at craftwestport.com.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVITIES
CraftWestport is not just great shopping, but a great place to watch and participate in demonstrations as well as bid on a selection of artist-donated raffle items. Net proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Staples Tuition Grants, a grant that provides tuition assistance to Staples High School seniors and graduates in Westport, CT. Don Hart will be spinning his wood turning lathe and showing how to make his signature pens and Patricia Disantis will be hosting make-your-own Shibumi scarf workshops during the entire show. It’s a great way to wear your memories home.
CraftWestport, November 8 and 9 will be held at Staples High School on North Avenue in Westport, Connecticut. Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors $9 and children under 12 are free. Admission is good for all weekend. For more information call 845-331-7900 or visit craftwestport.com.
WESTPORT YOUNG WOMAN’S LEAGUE
CraftWestport is sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need in the community while providing its members an opportunity for camaraderie and personal growth through its many educational and special interest activities. Membership is open to women ages 21 and over. For more information on the League or to join, visit wywl.com