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.

Entertainment at the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival

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Live music adds an extra air of festivity to grounds of the Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival. Take a break from shopping to relax in the Dining Tent and listen to some great tunes.

On Friday, Spencer Lewis will play 2 sets (12:30 and 2:30). Lewis plays a blend of classical, new-age, folk and country on an acoustic steel-stringed guitar. Have a listen below:

 

On Saturday, enjoy a revival of the Fab Four with Studio Two the Beatles Tribute. Taking listeners back to the early 60s when the Beatles took the world by storm, Studio Two relives the music, instruments, and onstage banter in performing your most favorite hits. Catch them at 12:30 and 2:30 and get a preview below:

 

Sunday brings the Bondville Boys back to the Festival stage. Hailing from right here in Vermont (“some of us are from Bondville and some of us are boys!”) the Bondville Boys play a huge assortment of music, including many original tunes and covers of everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie. Stop by for sets at 12:30 and 2:30 and check them out below:

Bondville Boys: Vermont Bluegrass Jam Band from Travis Wilber on Vimeo.

A Chance Encounter

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Craftproducers’ Exhibitors travel extensively for Festivals – up and down the East Coast and westward as well. And they also travel for supplies: we ran into jewelry artisan Karen Cardoza unexpectedly at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show! Karen was purchasing brightly colored Afghan beads and stopped for a quick picture.

Jeweler Karen Cardoza at the Tucson AZ Gem and Mineral Show

We can’t wait to see what Karen creates from her gem show purchases! Visit Karen Cardoza at several of our 2014 Art and Craft Festivals.

Holiday Gift Guide: Handmade For Him

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Our Syracuse Holiday Crafts Spectacular is coming up next weekend – December 6-8 – at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse NY.  This show is a Holiday favorite for Customers and Exhibitors alike! Join us to find handcrafted gifts for your friends and family, holiday decor that will set you apart from the masses, and maybe a little something to pamper yourself…

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There is something for everyone at the Syracuse Holiday Crafts Spectacular. To get you started, here is a selection of wonderful gifts for the men in your life, handcrafted by Artisans who will be exhibiting at the show…

Does he already have All The Tools? How about chocolate ones? Isn’t It Sweet, a chocolate shop out of Albany NY sells a handyman set ideal for fixing up a sweet tooth. If he prefers savory treats, maybe artisan beef jerky made with top quality meats and all natural seasonings would fit the bill. Or for a gift that keeps on giving, select the Roaster’s Pick monthly coffee delivery from Simple Roast Coffee Company.

Of course, there’s a lot more than food. Find wonderful handcrafted items such as personalized golf markers, family name history plaques, fine art, unique clothing… and more.

See more of our picks and find links and info on our pinterest board:

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Artists Gather in Southern Vermont

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MANCHESTER VT — For the 21st year, over 150 Artisans from around the country will gather for the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival to be held October 4, 5, & 6 at the Practice Tee at Riley Rink. The original Hildene Craft Festival, this weekend event has an updated name and has changed location due to Hildene’s decision to return their grounds to agricultural purposes. The new Practice Tee at Riley Rink location promises easy access from Highway 7A, beautiful views of the Green Mountain foliage, and solid footing for Exhibitors and Festival visitors alike.

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The Festival is participating in American Craft Week, October 4-13, a nationwide celebration of American craft in all 50 states. “Craft embodies our national history and heritage” says Festival promoter Charley Dooley of Craftproducers. “By taking part in this celebration, Craftproducers is embracing the practice of purchasing high-quality, American made products while shopping locally.”

Festival-goers will enjoy an incredible variety of Fine Art and Craftwork for sale from jury-selected Exhibitors. Discover delightfully whimsical artwork from Vermont painter Kimberlee Forney (www.kimforney.com), contemporary earth-toned pottery and handwoven textiles from husband/wife team Art and Cynthia Baird (www.artbairdpottery.com), and unique inlaid wooden instruments from Dan Williams of the Woodrow String Instrument Company (www.thewoodrow.com), as well as jewelry, clothing, toys, and so much more. The popular Specialty Foods tent will feature many wonderful treats to take home – jams and jellies, chocolate, hot sauce, baked goods, cooking sauces, wines, and spirits.

All this and more: live music, comic juggling, Vermont craft beer on tap, food vendors selling hamburgers, sweet and savory crepes, tacos, wood-fire oven pizza… At the height of foliage season in beautiful Southern Vermont, this is a family-friendly weekend event not to be missed!