Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra At Bennington Arts Weekend

Bennington Arts Weekend is an annual celebration of the Arts taking place on the first weekend in August. Anchor events for this weekend include the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival (August 2-4) and the Southern Vermont Home-brew Festival (August 3). On the evening of Saturday, August 3, as a showcase event for the weekend, the Better Bennington Corporation and the Bennington Area Arts Council (BAAC) will present a free concert in the downtown Masonic Hall (504 Main Street) at 7pm. Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra formed in October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY. This 12 piece award-winning ensemble plays hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers, and events annually, taking audiences by storm with their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bombastic, plena, and Latin jazz.

Thanks to underwriting support from the Town of Bennington, as well as the support of our generous business sponsors – Bennington Potters, John Cohen Law Offices, and MSK Engineering and Design – the BAAC is pleased to announce that this concert will be free and open to the public.

Alix Jones, BAAC President, explains: “Having accessible art and entertainment directly in our town center is a key part of the Bennington Cultural Plan. Our job is to bring this plan to fruition, bring the party to the people who live here, and finally, to bring new people to the town. This is a great start.”

For more information about the BAAC, visit benningtonartscouncil.org.





Bennington Museum Offers Free Admission for Southern Vermont Festival Visitors

What’s even better than spending a day at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival? How about also getting free admission to the Bennington Museum?

On the weekend on August 2-4, visitors to the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival will receive a voucher for complimentary admission to the renowned Bennington Museum with purchase of a Festival ticket. At just $8 adult admission to the Festival (and only $5 on Friday!), this is an excellent excuse to make your visit to Bennington a full Art weekend getaway.

Fields of Change exhibit at the Bennington Musem

Through November 3 –Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont explores a complex time that has come to define Vermont as it is today. The 1960s were a decade of dramatic, paradigmatic shifts in the social, political, and cultural identity of Vermont.

The Bennington Museum is open 10am-5pm daily (through October), is wheelchair accessible, and has free on-site parking. Special exhibitions this summer include Fields of Change: 1960s Vermont, Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism, and Color | Gesture: Early Works of Emily Mason. The permanent collection includes the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, Bennington Pottery – From the Beginning, Early Vermont History and Firearms, Gilded Age Vermont, Contemporary and Outsider Art, and more in 14 galleries located in downtown Bennington, Vermont.

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is located at Camelot Village and features over 120 fine art and craft Exhibitors selling their own handcrafted creations, with a special section of Specialty Food and Spirits makers. There is live music, great Festival fare and beverages, and special activities from local organizations including the Art Bus with children’s art projects. Parking is free and convenient, and although you could rush through in a couple hours you will likely want to plan at least a full afternoon to browse and have some time to relax in the dining tent with a local brew while the band plays!

Make the most of this great offer and come enjoy southern Vermont at one of its finest times! While Vermont is known for it’s Autumn foliage, experiencing the Green Mountains at their greenest is topped only by the array of incredible artworks on display in Bennington on the weekend of August 2-4!


The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is supported by Best Western Hotel in Bennington, Vermont

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival is supported by Best Western Hotel in Bennington, Vermont – a great place to stay when visiting Bennington and Southern Vermont!





35th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Coincides With Apex of Fall Color

Stowe, Vermont – Craftproducers kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont with the 35th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. The show will be held October 5-7, 2018, at Topnotch Field on the Mountain Road, Route 108, in Stowe, Vermont 05672.

Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, children are free. It’s a rain or shine event; several large heated tents will house all the exhibits. Free parking. No pets.

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 producer, Tim Cianciola.

While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers served by Idletyme 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’ show. Joining him are Vermonters Richard Foye and his compelling Raku pottery demo. Piper Strong, another Vermonter, will showcase her welding techniques creating a new take on classical masterpieces.

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. Craft work is original, beautiful and enduring. “As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”

 





Art & Craft Festival Kicks off Foliage Season in Manchester, September 28-30

Famous New Hampshire Artist to Demonstrate at Manchester Fall Crafts Fair

When the cooler days of autumn approach, that’s when the craft festival season heats up. Craftproducers kicks off the Fall season in Vermont with the 30th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. The show will be held September 28 through 30, 2018, at Riley Rink on Route 7A (410 Hunter Park Rd.), a mile and a half north of downtown Manchester, Vermont. It will take place inside the confines of Riley Rink and expands outdoors with array of exhibitors, the food court and. a dining tent, lending a festive mood.

October Art and Craft Festival in Manchester Vermont
The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food section. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with great food, music, and Vermont craft beers.

Hours are 10-5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Adult admission is $10, but $7 on Friday. Children are free. Rain or shine-inside building and outdoors. Saturday is Health Awareness Day with MVP and its RV and staff sharing tips for a healthy lifestyle. Free parking. No pets, please.

Organizer Tim Cianciola is an enthusiastic supporter of the handcraft movement in the United States. He says, “Our hope is to educate more people about the importance of American craftsmen and women. Crafts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. Craft work is original, beautiful and enduring. As one craft artist put it, “this is the creative economy!”


Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos. Craftproducers is proud to feature Matt Brown, currently residing in Lyme, NH and New Haven, VT, as one of its demonstrating exhibitors. Matt explains, “I have been working the craft of color woodblock printmaking since January 1993. Self-taught in my printmaking, my pursuit in the first few years was mostly in isolation. Spending time with Japanese prints in my home, visiting Japanese prints at the homes of friends and neighbors, at museums, and through books, was largely how I learned in the early formative years.” Brown uses the hangar method – a woodblock printing technique using water as a medium. Festival goers can witness Brown at work in his booth, creating original pieces.





Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Highlights Bennington Arts Weekend

125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under spacious Camelot tents. While the 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.

Bennington, Vermont – Craftproducers presents their 40th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, the jewel in the crown of an ever-expanding Bennington Arts Weekend, August 3-5, 2018. The Festival itself will be held at Camelot Village, 66 Colgate Heights, Bennington, VT 05201.

125 artists, artisans, and specialty food producers will showcase their creations under spacious Camelot tents. Along with craft shopping, the ambiance is festive: live music, craft demos, kids activities, and a varied food court, serving a menu to please any palate and featuring Vermont Craft beers.

Fair-goers enjoy the intimacy of the show with many tourists booking their Vermont summer vacations to coincide with this weekend. The Festival connects both the artist and the customer in a unique relationship: the buyer gets to know the maker of the product, hear the story about how it’s made, and learns about the artisan and his/her life. Legions of day trippers from Albany/Saratoga and the Berkshires often frequent the festival.

While the 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. On Friday, downtown is alive with First Friday. On Saturday August 5, the Homebrew Festival takes place at The Four Corners North with a free shuttle running to the craft show at Camelot Village. Saturday is also Healing Arts Day with presentations of yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and massage at the Festival.

The Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs 10-5 on Friday and Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. There is a special price for adult admission on Friday – $5 – and Saturday and Sunday are $8; and kids and parking are free. No pets. Complete info can be found at www.craftproducers.com.

So, come spend the weekend. Explore Vermont’s first town.  Relax, and enjoy the full spectrum of what Bennington has to offer on its Arts Weekend.





The Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival

The 5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival is back once again at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. There are two important differences in 2018: The Festival will no longer be held on Father’s Day Weekend; the new date is June 22-24. Perhaps, more importantly, the name of the Festival has changed: formerly the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival has become the Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival.

After four successful years, the event organizers realized that they wanted to create a bigger and better event. “With all the great entertainment our audience can have an enjoyable day,” organizer Tim Cianciola points out. “And let’s not dismiss the balloons; they are worth the price of admission. As they ascend as a parade of skyward seeking colorful balloons, actually, an amazing sight.”

This year’s Festival schedule is filled with entertainment, kids activities, bountiful BBQ, craft beer, wine slushies, bands, street performers, an art and craft marketplace, pony rides, and the balloons. During the weekend the Festival expects to launch up to 100 balloons. Perhaps,the most exciting single event is the Friday evening Balloon Glow at dusk. Cianciola says, “It’s magic, just pure magic.”

So keep the date: The 5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival, at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, June 22-24. The show opens on Friday at 3PM and closes after the Balloon Glow. Saturday runs from 10 until 8PM. Sunday hours are 10-4. Adult admission is $10, kids $5. Advance sales tickets are available on the the Festival website www.balloonandbbq.com . No dogs are allowed at the Fairgrounds.





2018 Show and Festival Dates

Craftproducers 2018 Show and Festival Dates in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Our Marketplace shows are ideal for all types of Artists, Crafters, and Vendors, and are part of larger events – the New England Home Shows and the Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival. The Juried Art and Craft Festivals in Vermont have solid reputations from decades of experience and take place in gorgeous outdoor Vermont venues.

Marketplace Dates:

  • New England Home Show/Marlboro Feb 9-11
  • New England Home Show/Boston Feb 23-25
  • New England Home Show/Foxboro March 23-25
  • Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival June 22-24

Juried Art and Craft Festivals:

  • 40th Annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival Aug 3-5
  • 30th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival  Sept 28-30
  • 36th Annual Stowe Foliage Arts Festival  Oct 5-7

Acceptance to all our 2018 Events and Festivals is ongoing. After our initial jury deadline, we continue to jury applications as received and will notify applicants very quickly.





Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Coincides with Apex of Fall Color  

Stowe,​ ​Vermont

When ​autumn​ ​approaches,​ ​that’s​ ​when​ ​the​ ​craft​ ​festival​ ​season​ ​begins​ ​in​ ​earnest.​ ​Craftproducers​ ​​ ​concludes​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week​ ​in​ ​Vermont​ ​with​ ​the​ ​39th​ ​​​ ​Annual​ Stowe Foliage Arts ​Festival​. ​The show ​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ October 6-8 ​at Topnotch Field on the Mountain Road, Route 108, in Stowe, Vermont. Several large heated tents will house all the exhibits.

Stowe Foliage Arts Festival - October 6-8 at Topnotch Field in Stowe, Vermont

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 Festival​ ​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!” urges organizer, Tim Cianciola. “And buy their work!”

​While​ ​craft​ ​shopping,​ ​customers​ ​are​ ​delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers served by Idletyme Brewery, all inside a heated dining tent.

Besides​ ​savoring​ ​Vermont​ ​food​ ​and​ ​drink,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​craft​ ​demonstrations.​ ​​Craftproducers​ ​​is​ ​proud​ ​to feature Zhong-hua​ ​Lu​ ​as​ a ​demonstrating​ ​exhibitor ​at​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​show.​ ​His​ ​life​ ​story,​ ​artistic work, and​ ​teaching​ ​career​ ​are​ ​all​ ​remarkable,​ ​and are​ ​well​ ​documented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​detailed​ ​memoir​ ​written​ ​by​ ​his wife, ​ ​Ellen​ ​Graf. Joining him are Vermonters Richard Foye, with a compelling Raku pottery demo, and Harry Besett – a glassblower – with a glass blowing demo, taking incandescent white hot glass from his kiln.    

The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is Sponsored by Idletyme Brewing Co and MVP HealthCare

THANKS TO OUR FESTIVAL SPONSORS

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 – most Exhibitors are located inside​ heated Camelot tents.​ Free​ ​parking.​ ​No​ ​pets,​ ​please.​ ​Complete​ ​information​ ​is​ ​available​ on the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival event page.

CONTACT:​ ​​Tim​ ​Cianciola​ ​802-425-3399​ ​or​ ​tim@craftproducers.com

The Stowflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont is a Sponsor of the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival





Famous​ ​Chinese​ ​Artist​ ​to​ Demonstrate​ ​at​ ​Manchester​ Fall​ ​Art and Craft​ ​Festival – Now Indoors at Riley Rink

As autumn​ ​approaches,​ the​ ​craft​ ​festival​ ​season​ ​begins​ ​in​ ​earnest.​ ​Craftproducers​ ​kicks off​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week​ ​in​ ​Vermont​ ​with​ ​the​ ​29th​ Annual​ ​Manchester​ ​Fall​ ​Art​ ​and​ ​Craft​ ​Festival​. ​The show ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​September​ ​29​ ​through​ ​October​ 1 ​at​ ​Riley​ ​Rink​ ​on​ ​Route​ ​7A,​ ​a​ ​mile​ ​and​ ​a​ ​half​ ​north of​ ​downtown​ ​Manchester,​ ​Vermont.​ ​This year the​ ​show​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​inside​ ​the​ ​cozy​ ​confines​ ​of​ ​Riley​ ​Rink itself.

According​ ​to​ ​organizers​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Craft​ ​Week: ​“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 ​Manchester​ ​show​ ​features​ 150​ artists​ ​and​ ​artisans​ ​displaying​ ​and​ ​selling​ ​traditional​ ​and​ ​contemporary crafts and​ ​original​ ​art as​ well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​specialty​ ​food​ ​section.​ ​While​ ​craft​ ​shopping,​ ​you will be delighted with great food, live music, and Vermont craft beers.
Besides​ ​savoring​ ​Vermont​ ​food​ ​and​ ​drink,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​craft​ ​demonstrations.​ ​​Craftproducers​ ​​is​ ​proud​ ​to feature Zhong-hua​ ​Lu​ ​as​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the ​demonstrating​ ​exhibitors​ ​at​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​show.​ ​Zhong-hua​ ​Lu​’s ​life​ ​story,​ ​artistic work, and​ ​teaching​ ​career​ ​are​ ​all​ ​remarkable​ ​and​ ​well​ ​documented​ ​in​ ​a​ ​detailed​ ​memoir​ ​written​ ​by​ ​his wife, Ellen​ ​Graf.​  Mary Ann Filkins, a master Basket Maker, will demonstrate basket weaving.
September​ ​29​ ​through​ ​October​ ​1​
Riley Rink at Hunter Park – Manchester, Vermont
Hours​ ​are​ ​10-5​ ​daily,​ ​Friday​ ​through​ ​Sunday
Adult​ ​admission​ ​is​ ​$10,​ ​children​ ​are​ ​free
Rain or​ ​shine-inside​ ​building and outdoors under tents
Free​ ​parking •​ No​ ​pets,​ ​please

Please come on out and meet the artists and hear their stories. Buy their work! Support handcrafted products! Without you there would not be a craft show! See you there.





Stock your Pantry at the Arts Festival

You come to the Arts Festival, most likely, for the incredible fine Art and Craftwork. You will find plenty at the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival – original paintings, photography, woodwork, jewelry, fiberwork, and more; but what you might not expect are the fantastic array of specialty food Exhibitors selling their edible art. And you aren’t going to want to miss these booths!

You will have plenty of options at the Jamtastic booth – small batch jams locally made in Arlington, VT. Ross and Danine Warren are proud of making their jams by hand from start to finish, using less sugar than most commercial alternatives. Pair your Vermont jam with Alaskan coffee from the Alaska Artisan Coffee, with irreverently named roasts such as Up’en At’em and Outhouse Blend. The Nut Lady will have a variety of sweet and salty nuts – baked, not roasted!

Step up your cooking game with olive oils and herbs from Lakonia Greek Products; finishing sauces, vinegar, seasonings, hot sauces, and more from Bittersweet Herb Farm; and sea salts, herbs, and oils from Sabrosa Gourmet. These make great gifts as well!

Mad River Distiller, Barr Hill, Saxton’s River Distillery, and Smuggler’s Notch Distillery will all be in attendance with their many styles and types of spirits. Taste and take home vodkas, rums, gins and more, including Saxton’s River Distillery’s Sapling Vermont Maple Liqueur.