Jeffrey Gale – traditional wood-splint basket maker

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“I like sharing with people,” says Jeffrey Gale, “its why I’m a basket maker – to keep the old craft alive to people so they know how it was done. Because I think it matters that a human being knows how to go in the woods, without any machinery taking the wood, and knowing how to work it to make […] something purely out of wood that is completely functional and beautiful at the same time.”

Jeffrey Gale, from Strafford, Vermont, demonstrated his traditional wood splint basket making techniques at our 2016 Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. His dedication to the craft has earned his work a place in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Celebrates American Craft Week

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When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. The 34th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is the absolute apex of American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held October 7 through 9 at the Topnotch Field about four miles north of the Routes 100 and 108 intersection in the Village of Stowe.

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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. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 16 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. 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.”

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Attending the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

The Stowe show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food tent. Exhibitors are housed in large Camelot tents, tents transformed into veritable cathedrals of creativity. Works include pottery, leather, blown and stained glass, clothing, graphics, original art, photography, and specialty food products including wines and spirits.

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Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, in the heart of Stowe, Vermont — where over 30 shops and restaurants await — and with easy proximity to the Stowe ski area and the historic village, invites families and friends to relax and reconnect while enjoying all the year-round resort and Stowe have to offer. Stoweflake’s world-class spa offers wellness programs, therapeutic treatments, and salon services. Delicious dining awaits at Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, where the menu is inspired by the fresh flavors of Vermont.

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While craft shopping, customers are delighted with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. The Culinary Court will feature local vendors serving a wide range of delicious treats, many prepared with Vermont products. This year Idletyme Brewing Company from Stowe, VT will showcase its craft beers. Live music will be played here too with The Spencer Lewis Trio featuring Chuck Eller on Friday, Two Cents In the Till on Saturday, and the Storm Cats on Sunday.

Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos, a Vermont Cheese and Sausage Tent, and a wacky comic juggler, Brent McCoy, whose show is called the Real McCoy, He will dazzle his audience with his physical prowess and bring a few smiles and chuckles to those watching. The craft demos will feature Harry Besset, a glass blower from Hardwick, VT and Richard Foye, a Raku potter from Newfane, VT. Their intriguing demos showcase not only their immense talent but also their subtle wit.

Famous Vermont Basketmaker to Demonstrate at Manchester Fall Crafts Fair

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When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. The 28th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held September 30, October 1 & 2 at the Practice Tee on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of the roundabout in downtown Manchester, Vermont.

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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. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 10 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. 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.”

American Craft Week 2016

Attending the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional pieces. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art, as well as a specialty food tent. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. The Dining Tent, which is heated, offers tables and chairs with a relaxed ambience. Vermont craft beers are served to accompany the luncheon plates. There will be live entertainment each day.

Jeffrey Gale, basketmaker, at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos. They are informative as well as entertaining. Jeffrey Gale, of Strafford, VT, will showcase his traditional basketmaking skills all three days. His baskets are made of white ash trees. He pounds the wood until it is the desired thickness and then weaves each new piece until ultimately there is a basket. He is widely collected by private individuals and Museums including the Smithsonian. Add Jonathan Woodward, a potter from Clinton, NY to the mix, with his Raku pottery demo and there  are all the necessary ingredients for a lively afternoon. This year the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester will be there offering demos of fly tying to participants through any level of fly tying-from basic to advanced. Additionally, casting instruction will be presented, ranging from beginner lessons to a specific course that teaches the nuances of casting with classic bamboo  and fiberglass rods. Why there’s even something for the kids: an interactive class tying clown flies.  

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As part of the American Craft Week celebration in Vermont, the Vermont Craft Council is planning its Fall Open Studio Weekend on October 1 and 2. Maps will be available at the Festival so craft show patrons may also visit those studios local to Manchester. For more details about the Open Studio Weekend, visit VermontCrafts.com. Interestingly enough American Craft Week has been expanded; it’s now October 1 – 16. The Vermont Crafts Council is following suit and  has added a second weekend of “Open House”  October 8 & 9 to its Fall Studio Tour.

Once again, the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival will be held September 30, October 1 & 2 at the Practice Tee in Manchester. Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. Rain or shine-under tents. Plenty of free parking. No pets, please.

Arts Festival Highlights Bennington Arts Weekend

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logo-sv-w-website-webFor the fourth consecutive year the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will be the jewel in the crown of an ever expanding Bennington Arts Weekend. The Art and Craft Festival will be held at Camelot Village on Route 9 about two miles west of downtown. 150 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under enormous gleaming white Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids activities, and a food court serving a menu to please any palate and featuring Vermont craft beers.

Several Bennington organizations work together to in staging the Arts Weekend; The Bennington Chamber of Commerce, Better Bennington Corporation, Bennington Potters, Cultural Bennington Arts Council, and The Four Corners North group including Hawkins House Craftsmarket, The Tap House at Catamount Glass, the Bennington Banner, as well as other galleries,  the Bennington Museum, and The Old Castle Theatre Company.

While the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the town of Bennington is busy and bustling with Vermont craft beer on tap and food vendors offering local farm to table fare. All this in the beautiful atmosphere that only Southern Vermont can offer. On Friday downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday, August 6, the Homebrew Festival takes place at The Four Corners North with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. Check the Better Bennington website for a complete schedule

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and kids and parking are free. All Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival details can be found at www.craftproducers.com.

Come spend the weekend in Bennington! Enjoy Vermont’s first town. Visit the Festivals, eat good food, drink good beer, walk the downtown. Breath the air, relax, and become a Vermonter!

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Interactive Celebration of our Public Lands with Mascoma Valley Regional High School

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A special event at the First Ever Queen City Art and Craft Show: Engraving demonstrations and workshops with Mascoma Valley Regional High School Art Teacher Christopher Morse and students, with prints — on display and for sale — celebrating the beauty of the White Mountain National Forest and the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail. “This past summer, I immersed myself in the outdoors deeper than I ever have, spending several weeks continuously in the woods doing sections of the 160+ miles of the New Hampshire Appalachian Trail (NH AT),” Morse explains. “I took hundreds of photographs and with these, I encourage students to learn the art of engraving while celebrating the beauty of our White Mountain National Forest and the NH AT.”

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Engraving workshops with Morse and students will be held at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 at the Queen City Art and Craft Show. Workshops will explore creating space with a variety of tones and values, linear contouring, and other techniques of drypoint engraving. Participants will receive a handpulled proof of their engraving, done by Morse, and a second copy will become part of the display.

In addition to the engraving project, Mascoma Valley Regional High School worked all last year on a mural celebrating our National Parks. The mural’s world premier debut was at the NH Samboree, North Haverhill Fairgrounds, in North Haverhill, NH. It is on display at the first ever Queen City Art and Craft Show and will then be displayed at the Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH while the renovations are being completed at the High School.

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A Brand New Art Festival

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Coming to Manchester, New Hampshire: a brand new venue for Fine Art and Craftwork! The First Ever Queen City Art and Craft Show will open October 30-November 1 at the Center of New Hampshire Expo Center at the Radisson, 700 Elm Street in Manchester NH.

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A new undertaking by Craftproducers, this show has a fantastic central location: an easy drive from Boston, Portland, Providence, and Brattleboro – to name just a few surrounding cities. The timing is also great: opening at just the right time to start thinking of holiday gift-buying, its also early enough that you needn’t feel guilty making purchases just for yourself. And with the quality of work that will be on display, this show is an ideal place to spend your art and fine craft purchasing dollars.

Find gifts, decor, functional pieces, jewelry, clothing, and more – all made by the Artisan Exhibitor in the booth and all the result of years of work, training, and practice. Art and Craftwork such as you will find at the Queen City Art and Craft Show are unique pieces developed and produced by an individual or small team, with each piece handcrafted and bearing the unique marks of its maker. These are not mass produced “decor”, but real Art. From coffee mugs to precious gemstone jewelry, your purchases from the Queen City Art and Craft Show will bring an element of intention to your life, an extension of the intention and attention the Artist brought to creating the piece.

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American Craft Week in Manchester and Stowe

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When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. In October Craftproducers offers two superb craft shows as part of American Craft Week.

The 27th  Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival kicks it off. The Festival will be held October 2 through 4 at the Practice Tee on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of the new roundabout in downtown Manchester, Vermont.

The second show, the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival,  will be held at Stowe Events Field October 9-11, on Columbus Day weekend, at the zenith of fall’s color.

Attending the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival and the Stowe Arts Festival  is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

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. Along with craft organizations across the USA, Vermont is a leader in supporting American Craft Week. American Craft Week is held 10 days in October and the hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. 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.”

Watermelon Salad from Seven Barrels

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Summer in the North Country is a marvelous thing, but even here it does get hot. And there’s truly no better food on a summer afternoon than watermelon… unless it is watermelon and cucumber, with some ripe tomatoes warm from the garden, a crumble of goat cheese, a few sprigs of fresh basil…
This delightful salad recipe is brought to you from the good folks at Seven Barrels, purveyors of olive oils and aged Italian balsamics and one of the fabulous Specialty Foods Exhibitors at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, starting this Friday (July 31) and happening all weekend at Camelot Village in beautiful Bennington, VT!
 
WATERMELON SALAD
1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
2 ripe red tomatoes, cubed
1 English cucumber, cubed
4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
2 Tbsp basil, chopped
1/2 c arugula, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
For dressing
1/4 c Prickly Pear Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp Lime Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Basil Olive Oil
In a small bowl, jar, or container, mix the vinegar and oils for the dressing – whisk (or shake, if using a lidded jar or container) well and set aside.
Cube, crumble, and chop salad ingredients and add to a large serving bowl. Lightly toss to mix. Drizzle dressing over the top and gently toss again to coat. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Design Your Own Silk Scarf!

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Paint on water and create your own gorgeous silk scarf with Shibumi Silks at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

 

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Richard Borden and Patricia DeSantis are the dynamic duo behind Shibumi Silks – creating custom designed water marbled silk scarves and drawing crowds with their demonstrations and interactive booth display.

Visit Shibumi Silks at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival to try your hand at painting with ink on water, marbling, and ultimately creating your own one-of-a-kind marbled silk scarf: a masterpiece of color and texture! Shibumi Silks will have their entire set-up waiting for you to choose your ink colors and scarf style and they will guide you in every step of this fascinating creative process! Look for their booth in the outdoor courtyard.

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photo credit: Shibumi Silks

Spirited Away

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First it was cheese. Then craft beer. Now it’s distilled spirits. And like Vermont Cheese and Vermont Craft Beers, Vermont Spirits are winning awards and raising the bar (no pun intended) for whiskey, rum, rye, vodka, and gin.

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At the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, we are very pleased to welcome five fabulous distilled spirits Exhibitors:

Whistle Pig 100% Rye Whiskey – Award winning and one of the best whiskeys in the world.

Dunc’s Mill – the longest running distillery in Vermont, distilling small batches of rum made from scratch.

Saxton’s River Distillery – featuring Maple Liqueur, Maple Bourbon, and Maple Rye.

Caledonia Spirits – award winning gin and vodka made with honey.

Appalachian Gap – making a variety of spirits from their solar powered distillery.

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Samples will be available at the Festival, and you can purchase your favorites right on the spot and take the bottles home to enjoy later with friends and family. Gift shopping? look no further! These wonderfully crafted spirits will please even the most discerning palette.

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First and last photo via Whistle Pig Whiskey, Middle photo via Appalachian Gap Distillery