2018 Show and Festival Dates

Alternative Show 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 Craft 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





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.





An Art-Filled Weekend in Bennington

The warm sun was beating through the windows of my car as my friend Sheila—a fellow arts and crafts lover—and I hit the road for Bennington, Vermont, and the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival. This annual event has occurred in Bennington during the first weekend in August for five years. The crowning jewel of the annual, three-day Bennington Arts Weekend, the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival (put on by Craftproducers) is a vibrant event that draws locals and visitors alike to the gateway of Vermont.

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Tracy Levesque Returns to the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival in 2017

Paintings by Tracy Levesque at the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

Painter Tracy Lévesque was born in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts and credits her rural childhood for her abiding love of nature and its prominence in her artwork. Lévesque studied Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA and received a double BA in Theater Arts and English and American Literature from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. While her early work depicted realistic scenes, she “quickly abandoned realism,” she writes, “for a more impressionistic,  symbolic style that spoke more to the psychological realities of human existence rather than the more conventional interpretations of them.”

Massachusetts painter Tracy Levesque

Tracy Levesque in her booth at one of Craftproducers 2016 Festivals.

Lévesque will return to Craftproducers Stowe Foliage Arts Festival in October, 2017. Come to the Festival at Topnotch Field on Mountain Road in Stowe to meet this incredible Artist and see her paintings in person. Besides original paintings, she will also have prints and gifts featuring her work available for sale.





The MooseMan, Rick Libbey

As a child growing up on his father’s 165-acre dairy farm in Whitinsville, MA, Rick Libbey learned to appreciate nature and all living things. In 1981, after moving to New Hampshire, he had his first encounter with moose – ironically in the wilderness of Maine, where he had been invited to a friend’s remote cabin. The encounter would prove to be life-changing. For thirty-five years, Rick has returned twice yearly to that remote lake in Maine, dropped by float plane, to photograph moose from a kayak. Due to the frequency of his visits, he has come to know some of the bulls and a cow moose and their calves, watching them grow to adulthood. Every encounter is documented with a photograph as well as notes Rick takes in his log book.

Rick started his business, MooseMan Nature Photography in 2003. His love of wildlife and photography has expanded to include eagles, loons, fox, bears, and all animals of the woods and waters. It is with a great deal of respect that he approaches any of his subjects, studying them from a distance and slowly working his way closer, studying their behavior and earning their trust. By reading the animal’s body language, Rick knows when to not approach or back away if necessary. This is key for capturing some of these remarkable images. In these photographs, one can feel and appreciate the sense of calm and trust in the subjects.

Rick will only be Exhibiting at Craftproducers summer show – the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival in Bennington – this year, as the Autumn will find him back in Alaska searching out more incredible scenes of the wild.

One of the most important messages Rick wishes to share is that of gratitude. To be out in the quietness of early morning watching as the sun rises, or later, as it sets, is at the same time grounding and uplifting. Humbling, and awe-inspiring. He considers himself a very lucky man to be among nature doing what he does. He hopes you enjoy his labor of love.





Jeffrey Gale – traditional wood-splint basket maker

“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

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.

American Craft Week 2016

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.

SPONSOR

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.





Edwards Smith Fine Woodworking

Quality wood bowls make wonderful gifts and great additions to any kitchen.

Edward Smith woodworking

Edwards Smith Fine Woodworking creates beautiful wood bowls, utensils, furniture pieces, jewelry boxes and more. Smith began working with wood at a young age and over time working with wood called him more and more. Crafting artisan wood bowls is Smith’s specialty, he produces each item with American hardwood usually gathered from felled trees locally.

Edward Smith woodworking at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Come to the 28th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival and stop by Edwards Smith Fine Woodworking’s booth to see the incredible way he is able to manipulate native hardwoods into beautiful, quality items. You can also preview his work at www.edwardssmithfinewoodworking.com