Brian Hewitt Kind Art

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Brian Hewitt fine art at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

Beautiful and surreal, oil works by Brian Hewitt Kind Art are mesmerizing.

The brightly colored scenes are eye-catching and are done in what has been described as a “fish-eye” perspective. Hewitt, a self-taught artist from North Bennington, says “mostly I was trying to do something a little different and found that this unique style resonates with art lovers. Many say it gives the painting movement.”

Come and discover the wonderful, vibrant world of Brian Hewitt Kind Art at the 28th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. And preview Brian’s work and learn more about the artist on his website.





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





CERF’s “At the Ready” Fund

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For 30 years, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, or CERF+, has helped artists get back on their feet after personal and natural disasters. Providing immediate financial aid through grants, no-interest loans, access to resources, waivers and discounts on booth fees, and donations of craft supplies and equipment, CERF+ allows artists from all over the USA to get back on their feet and back to creating.

Donations to CERF+’s “At the Ready” Fund will be matched by the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Help support American Artists and keep our creative economy strong. Donate to CERF+ today!





Bennington Top-Ranked in Arts Vibrancy Index

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Bennington, Vermont: Quaint Vermont village, historical hot-spot, and top-ranked in National Center for Arts Research Arts Vibrancy Index! The recently published  NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index: Hotbeds of America’s Arts and Culture includes Bennington in the top 20 Arts Vibrant Medium and Small Cities, even ranking higher than its more well-known artsy neighbor to the North, Burlington VT. “Bennington, VT is home to a diverse population of visual artists who are community oriented and take part in public art projects, individual showings and non-profit events,” the article reports.”Visual artists, film makers, and musicians are drawn to the area.”

Craftproducers is proud to be a part of this community of Artists, Artisans, and Arts Supporters with our Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival.

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A gorgeous day at the Art and Craft Festival in Bennington, Vermont