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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org