According to organizers of American Craft Week, “While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. The crafts industry contributes to our nation’s economy and the fabric of our national history. Craftwork is original, beautiful and enduring.” As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”
The Stowe show features 175 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. The exhibitors are a fascinating group of people. “Meet the artists! Hear their stories! And buy their work!” says organizer, Tim Cianciola.
While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers served by Idlletyme Brewery, all inside a heated dining tent.
Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos. Craftproducers is proud to feature Zhong-Hua Lu as one of its demonstrating exhibitors at this year’s show. His life story, artistic work and teaching career are all remarkable and well documented in a detailed memoir written by his wife, Ellen Graf. Joining him are Vermonters Richard Foye and his compelling Raku pottery demo and Harry Besett, a glassblower, with a glass blowing demo, taking incandescent white hot glass from his kiln.
In a nutshell, the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival will be held October 6 through 8 at Topnotch Field. Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-inside heated Camelot tents. Free parking. No pets, please. Complete information is available at Craftproducers.com.
CONTACT: Tim Cianciola 802-425-3399 or [email protected]
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