American Craft Week Announces Partnership With Thos. Moser
American Craft Week, now in its fourth year, announces partnership with Thos. Moser, makers of fine furniture, handcrafted in Maine, with showrooms in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Greenwich, Ct.
"We are thrilled Thos. Moser is celebrating our mission by contributing 5% of all sales on all products during American Craft Week, October 4-13. American Craft Week shows us how craft enhances our lives, makes us feel good and brings people together," says Diane Sulg, co-chair of American Craft Week and board member of Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow.
"Celebrating craft is core to who we are", says Tom Moser, founder, Thos. Moser. "While in recent years the artisan movement has been strong, especially in the design and culinary worlds, we still have work to do. Giving craft a place of importance is imperative to keeping America strong and vibrant. Encouraging people to value well designed, hand crafted items that have a reverence for materials, and will last generations is what the American Craft movement, and frankly, we at Thos. Moser are all about. It's only right that we support this organization with vital resources."
Four years ago, the American craft industry decided it was time to do something to bring more visibility to the industry that was facing challenges as the global market and advanced technology brought more competition for the consumer's dollar.
Diane Sulg launched the idea to have a national weeklong celebration to promote the wonders, value, innovations and traditions of American made craft. She says, "Other industries tout their products...now it's time to showcase the American craft industry with a nationwide celebration."
American Craft Week is a project of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow. Since its inception in 2010, American Craft Week has grown from 240 to nearly 1000 participating events in over 40 states in artist studios, galleries, museums and school, as well as at fairs and festivals. By taking part in the celebration, people are joining in on the trend of buying products made in America while shopping locally.
Festivals & Craft Shows
Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival (Craftproducers), Oct 4-6, The Practice Tee at Riley Rink?, Hunter Park Road, Manchester, VT. A gorgeous Autumn-in-Vermont weekend excursion: 150 juried artisan Exhibitors, great food and wine, seasonal Vermont beers presented by Long Trail Brewing Company, live music, comic juggling, craft demonstrations, and more. For more information go to: www.craftproducers.com
The Hudson Valley Art & Craft Festival (Artrider Productions Inc), Oct 4 & 5; 10-6 & Oct 6; 10-5, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY. The Hudson Valley Arts Festival will feature over 200 outstanding artists and craftspeople from 21 states, 30 gourmet food purveyors, 25 musicians and performers, and a host of other features and interactive activities. For more information go to: www.artrider.com
Stowe Foliage Art & Craft Festival (Craftproducers), Oct 11-13, Stowe Events Field, ?80 Weeks Hill Road, Stowe, VT. 150 juried Artisan Exhibitors come to Stowe for Northeastern Vermont's biggest fall Arts Festival. Now in it's 26th year, this event celebrates American handmade in beautiful Stowe at the height of Autumn foliage. Food, beer, wine, and entertainment for the whole family complete the weekend festivities. For more information go to: http://www.craftproducers.com
Paradise City Northampton, Oct 12, 13 & 14, 3 county fairgrounds, 54 old ferry road, off route 9, Northampton, MA. Meet 275 of the nation's very best craftsmen and artists showing their newest work. Dine on sensational cuisine by Northampton's best chefs under the Festival Dining Tent. Catch the excitement of live performances by nationally and regionally acclaimed musicians. For more information go to: http://www.paradisecityarts.com
American Fine Craft Show, Oct 25-27, Javits Center North, 11th Ave and 39th Streets. The show features some 200 artisans and artists who use innovative techniques in their approach to ceramics, jewelry, fashion, decorative and fine arts. Joining artisans at the Craft Show are painters, photographers, sculptors and artists working in mixed media at the Art Fair. Artists of Caribbean, African and Latin American ancestry are featured at Art Off the Main. For more information go to: http://www.americanartmarketing.com/
Open Houses and Open Studios, Oct 5 & 6, Open Studio Weekend at 127 Sites Across Vermont. Leaf peepers love Vermont in autumn, traveling the state to see the brilliant show of reds, oranges and yellows shimmering in the mountains and valleys. Craftspeople and artists at 127 sites in every region of Vermont will open their studios to the public. Iconic bright yellow Open Studio signs are posted along the roads to guide visitors to the studios. Visitors are offered a behind-the-scenes look at the workspaces of glassblowers, weavers, sculptors, potters, woodworkers, printmakers, jewelers, furniture makers, painters, quilters, and other makers. For more information go to: http://www.vermontcrafts.com/