Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Coincides with Apex of Fall Color  

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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

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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.

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.

Appalachian Gap Distillery

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

A New Year of Great Art and Craft Festivals!

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Happy New Year! At Craftproducers we are looking forward to a new year of successful and enjoyable Festivals. We have great things in store for 2015!

We begin the year with the Crafts Pavilion at the New England Home Shows in Boston and Foxborough, MA. These extremely popular home shows are augmented by the addition of a dedicated handmade art and craft section organized by Craftproducers. Fine art, clothing, fine furniture, and more will be on display. These shows are coming up quickly – Boston in February and Foxborough in March! You can find out more about the New England Home Shows here, and even buy tickets in advance.

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Craftproducers own fine Art and Craft Festivals begin June 19-21 in Saratoga Springs, NY with the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival. This is the second anniversary of this Festival which features over 150 fine art and craft Exhibitors set up in soaring Camelot tents. Specialty foods, food and beverages to eat on site (including beer and wine!), and live music create an exciting and festive atmosphere, and then of course there are the balloons! Hot air balloons will be launched each morning and evening (weather allowing – high winds can be dangerous and we are all about safety at the SBCF!) and tickets for this once in a lifetime experience can be purchased prior to the show at www.balloonandcraft.com. On Saturday and Sunday evenings the Festival will be open late for the magical Balloon Glow – over 15 tethered hot air balloons lit from within, with live music and concessions. Don’t miss it!

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Next up is the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival, July 31- August 2, a southern Vermont summer tradition that was moved from Manchester to Bennington three years ago. Bennington has proven a delightful home for the Festival, with a supportive arts community and easy access for visitors from the surrounding areas including Albany, Saratoga Springs and northern Massachusetts. Come meet and purchase fine handcrafted items from over 150 Exhibitors, enjoy great food and live music, and then explore lovely and historic Bennington, Vermont. This weekend kicks off the newly formed Bennington Art Week.

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Moving into Autumn, we have the 27th Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival, October 2-4 in Manchester, Vermont. Surrounded by the green mountains with their flaming orange and gold foliage, the setting is nearly as impressive as the art and craftwork within the tents. The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an institution in southern Vermont. Formerly known as the Hildene Festival, the name and location have changed along the way but the quality and production of the Festival remain top-notch. Around 200 Exhibitors include fine art, furniture, clothing, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood products, and more and many Exhibitors demonstrate their craft techniques in their booths. A separate tent is home to a selection of Specialty Food Exhibitors – jams and jellies, maple syrup, salsas, and locally distilled spirits and liqueurs. Head over to the Dining Tent when you need a break, sit down with a plate of great food and a glass of beer or wine, and enjoy live music until you are ready to shop once more!

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The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is our northern Vermont equivalent to the Manchester show. Taking place the following weekend – October 9-11 – just outside the quaint village of Stowe, this Festival is usually right at the peak of the Vermont foliage color. Stowe is a destination year round, but if you want to experience a Vermont Autumn this is the time and place. 200 Exhibitors, Specialty Foods, craft demonstrations, great food and beverages, live music and entertainment combine to make this a not to be missed family weekend event. The Festival takes place at the Stowe Events Field, which is located on the Stowe Bike Path for easy access from the village and on up into the resort and mountains.

October Art and Craft Festival in Manchester Vermont

We end the 2015 Festival season with a brand new show! The First Ever Queen City Art and Craft Show in Manchester, New Hampshire will take place October 30-November 1. We look forward to sharing more details about this exciting new adventure soon!

Vermont Art and Craft Festivals and Events

We are beginning a new year with unlimited potential and we plan to make the most of it. We look forward to seeing you at our 2015 Fine Art and Craft Festivals!

Artist Spotlight: Jane Chenaille, Quilts by Jane

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we are profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors.
If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Jane Chenaille is a new Exhibitor with Craftproducers Festivals. Based in Granby, MA, Jane designs and creates beautiful quilted works, including bed and wall quilts, table runners, hotpads, and napkins, and a line of aprons that are now sewn by her husband. Meet Jane at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival, beginning Friday, October 4, at the Practice Tee at Riley Rink in Manchester VT.

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When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I’m a quilter

What mediums do you work with?
Mostly fabric. Hand embroidery with Redwork.

How would you describe your work?
Sewn items: Bed Quilts, Wall Quilts, Table Runners, Aprons, several sizes, and specialty items for special orders.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
To provide my clients with quality sewn items at reasonable and fair prices.

What do you want your work to accomplish?
I need to create my own satisfaction in producing high quality items for my customers.

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What are you most proud of?
The many and varied facets of crafting through sewing, and serving my client base.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
12 years

How many shows do you do each year?
As many as 20, and as few as 15, Depending on the year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
This is my first year.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
Meeting new crafters and people who enter my booth.

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Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to create things. From mud pies when I was a child to the quilts and sewn items I create today. Unfortunately, most of what I do today is for resale so I can only enjoy it until it finds a “new home”.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
I’ve never learned or been taught, TATTING.

Do you have a designated Studio? How does this space inspire or contribute to your creative process?
No studio. Just craft fairs, website, and Ebay or other sales outlets.

What is the best advice you ever received about how to be more creative?
My grandmother told me, many, many years ago to be yourself, and create what you love.

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Visit Jane Chenaille’s booth at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival.
You can also find her work online at www.qualitysewingbyjane.com.

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Artist Spotlight: Caryn King

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we are profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors.
If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Caryn King will be at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival with her lovely and gently humorous animal paintings. With bright colors and minimal backgrounds, these paintings are reminiscent of vintage graphics, while also being detailed realistic portraits. The artist clearly loves animals, and you will love her work! Here is Caryn…
I paint mostly animals. I find it hard to resist starting a new painting every time I see a great looking cow, sheep pig, cat etc. Many of the chickens I paint live by my studio door so getting good reference of chickens is easy!

My paintings are contemporary folk art, realistically painted animals with personality. I am concerned with finding emotion and individuality in my paintings and feel I have a mission to share the wonder and love I feel for animals.

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I first did Craftproducers fairs over thirty years ago although at the time I was working in clay and my business was called Claydreams. Through the years since I studied and received a BFA at  Massachusetts College of Art, worked as an illustrator, moved to Vermont and taught art in Southern Vermont schools. For the last 8 years I have concentrated on painting. My studio is in South Newfane where I welcome visitors and students.