First Ever Queen City Art and Craft Show

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In an ambitious undertaking Craftproducers, of Charlotte, VT is staging the inaugural Queen City Art and Craft Festival at the Center of NH at the Radisson in  Manchester, NH October 30 through November 1, 2015. There will be 100 art and, craft, and specialty food producers displaying and selling their handmade products. Craftproducers has a 40 year history of producing craft festivals, mostly in Vermont and New York.

While Craftproducers enjoys a large following of Vermont based artisans, there are many Granite State exhibitors.  Among the more famous are potter May Ann Geis, from New Hampton; Rick Libbey photographer from Andover; Aaron T. Brown , sculptor,  from Lyndebrook; Matt Brown, printmaker, from Lyme; Dave Morrison, wood worker, from Concord; Marianne Stillwagon, folk artist, from Hillsborough; Christopher Morse, hand printed etchings, from Grafton; and two Manchester artists, jewelers Amee Sweet-McNamara and Nurit Niskala.

The focus of the show is shopping for handcrafted creations. All the exhibitors were selected because they make their own original products. Each  artisan will be in attendance to meet with the  public. As at the League of NH Craftsmen show in Sunapee, customers and artists get to know each other while discussing the work to be purchased.

Perfectly timed for the start of the Holiday season, the event will have something for everyone.

Take a break from the madness, the event is a campaign free zone.

Weekend admission to the Festival is $8 for adults. Kids are free. No pets.

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    The festival conveniently located is at the  The Center of New Hampshire Expo Center at the Radisson, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101,

    There is plenty of parking at the Raddison for only $5.00 per day.

    Hours: Friday 2p-7p, Saturday 10a-5p, Sunday 10a-4p

    Weekend admission is only $8.00. Kids are free.

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    Mascoma Valley Regional High School will bring to the Queen City Art and Craft  Show a celebration of our public lands comprised of a multifaceted interaction with patrons of the Queen City Craft Fair! Mascoma High School Art Teacher Christopher Morse explains. “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). 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.  I offer engraving workshops. Some of my Mascoma Valley Regional High School students will demonstrate their engravings and have them available for sale. They will also assist running two workshops to explore engraving at noon and two P.M. on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st. Many proofs of engravings done at these workshops will be included with a display about the NH AT.  The engraving workshop will explore creating space with a variety of tones and values, linear contouring, and other techniques of drypoint engraving. Participants would receive a hand pulled proof of their engraving printed by me and a second proof would become part of the display. I will show my etchings, photography and art. I hope you choose to explore engraving at our workshop.”

    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 will be displayed at the first ever Queen City Art and Craft Show at the Center of NH Expo Center at the Radisson in Manchester. Then it will be displayed at the Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH while the renovations are being completed at the High School.

     

  • The Raddison has several restaurants that provide a full menu of choices. Numerous restaurants are located nearby in downtown Manchester.

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    Hours: Friday 2p-7p, Saturday 10a-5p, Sunday 10a-4p

    Weekend Admission is only $8.00, good all three days.

    Plenty of parking is available in the hotel garage for only $5.00 per day.

    Weather proof, inside the Expo Center.

     


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