2nd Annual MakersFest in Lancaster, PA

2nd Annual MakersFest

Street festival celebrating making & makers

Sunday June 14th, 2015 10 am to 4 pm
300 block of N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA 17603
Free Admission

Making T-Shirts at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s MakersFest

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will host the second annual MAKERSfest on the 300 block of N. Queen St. on Sunday, June 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. This street festival celebrates the beauty of a finished object, as well as the act of making. The Guild invites everyone to come for the day, to start making craft, to acquire a piece from a master craftsman, and revel in the creative expression of music, food, art, craft, and more.

The event features 30 craftsmen, live music, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages that focus on the artistry and ingenuity of making. All the craft on display is the inspired work of the craftsmen in the booth, ranging from ceramics to jewelry, handmade clothing, weaving, artisan furniture, functional objects, and more.

Special Activities

  • Silk-screen your own “Lancaster, City of Makers” shirt with Graphic
  • Communications & Printing Technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Food Trucks in Building Character courtyard
  • 3-D printing demonstrations with Make717 and PrintedSolid – and try your own hand at designing a trinket to be printed!
  • Chalk up the sidewalk with Lancaster Transplant
  • Soldering Zone (ages 10 & up) with Make717
  • Personalized bookmark printing with The .918 Club of Heritage Press Museum
  • Lancaster Creative Reuse will host an upcycled craft table
  • Make origami with the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
  • Indoors at 335 N Queen St, enjoy a painting zone, try the messy and wonderful process of decorating paste paper, then watch woodturning and weaving demonstrations in the Guild’s classrooms

Annual Holiday Fine Craft Fair – Lancaster, PA

Date of the event: November 8 & 9
Time of events (if applicable): 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday
Venue of Event: Lancaster County Convention Center
Address of the event: 25 S Queen St
City of Event: Lancaster
State of Event: PA
Expected Visitors: 5000
Admission: Admission is $8. Coupons are available for $1 off entry. Free for children 16 and under.

Website: http://www.pacrafts.org/november

Description of Event:
A celebration of American creativity is coming to the Lancaster County Convention Center, November 8 & 9. The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen presents its annual holiday fine craft fair, open from 10 am – 6 pm Saturday and 10 am – 5 pm Sunday.
The fair features the work of 140 craftspeople who were selected by a jury for their unique vision and impeccable craftsmanship. Items for sale include pottery, jewelry, designer clothing, furniture, scherenschnitte, and fine art.Among the craftspeople representing handmade ingenuity are several Lancaster-based artists.
 Eric Berman creates bird houses from both new and old wood, topping them with verdigris copper or tin roofs. The quality of his individually crafted birdhouses was truly tested when one weathered storm Sandy in October 2012 – and still remained sturdy to provide a home for returning birds!
 Christine Spangler creates woven items of soft yarn and carefully selected color combinations. Her interpretation of this centuries-old craft often utilizes innovative fibers like bamboo.
“Lancaster itself is a great mix of creative energy and valued traditions,” says executive director Sherrie Boyer. “Our craftsmen exemplify those qualities, too. It makes Lancaster a wonderful spot for our hometown and for our annual holiday show.”
The Guild welcomes 6 emerging craftsmen to the fine craft fair. Three exhibitors who have honed their skill with years of constant practice will also receive recognition through the Benchmark Awards program. These awards recognize craftspeople who embody excellence in craftsmanship, resolved design, and unique style.
In its first-ever year as a “homeowner,” the Guild continued its tradition of connecting master craftsmen with lovers and students of fine craft at its new headquarters, the Center of American Craft at 335 N. Queen St. The center provides creative spaces for workshops, exhibitions, and a store.
See you there!
Fair hours are 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $8. Coupons are available for $1 off entry. Free for children 16 and under.
1500 parking spaces are available onsite and at downtown garages, parking lots, and on the street. Download a map of parking within a two block radius of the Convention Center. For questions call (717) 431-8706.

Fine Craft Fair – Oct. 10, 11 & 12, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA

Swoon-worthy Fine Craft

The autumn complement to our spring fine craft fair at the prestigious Rittenhouse Square. Through a partnership with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen brings 140 of its very finest craft artists, to downtown Philadelphia.

The Guild’s Fine Craft Fair is the fine craft equivalent of the much-loved Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (held twice-annually at the same site). Both shows feature exclusively artisans who are the makers of the original work shown in each booth. Both events “circle” the square with canopies and both are part of a larger urban setting with cafes, and local eateries.

In recognition of each other’s specialties, the Fine Craft Fair will focus on hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing, fine porcelain, and other interpretive works including blown glass, limited edition photography and sculpture. The Fine Art Show will continue its long tradition of exceptional two-dimensional fine art such as paintings, watercolors, oils, graphite and pastels.

The Pennsylvania Guild is known for its premier events; the Guild’s largest is in Wilmington at Chase Center on the Riverfront (July) and in Lancaster at downtown’s new Convention Center (mid-November). Both of these shows feature 140 to 200 artisans.

See you there!

Fair hours are 11 am to 6:30 pm Friday & Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free. Street and garage parking is plentiful.

PA Guild Fine Craft Fair – July 26 & 27, 2014 – Wilmington, DE

PA Guild Fine Craft Fair

Whether it’s for a wedding, birthday, anniversary, house-warming present or special thank you, locally-made designer craft makes a great gift with a story that is sure to make someone happy.
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen celebrates its 8th anniversary as the Brandywine Valley’s largest premier fine craft fair featuring more than 190 independent local and regional craft artists!  This beloved event returns on July 26th and 27th at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  Loyal art patrons and craft collectors from around the region descend on Wilmington, in search of invigorating contemporary and heritage fine crafts.
The 2014 fair features thousands of designs from independent American artists including furniture, clothing, jewelry, sculpture, and fine art. The Guild is known for uniting impeccable craftsmen with craft-seeking customers in search of one-of-a-kind objects made in America.  This annual two-day event delivers exceptional works to a savvy audience.

“Enjoying authentically unique American craft has become a lifestyle choice for many casual collectors,” said Sherrie Boyer, executive director.  “We all want to cheer up our space with beautiful things. It makes us happy. It makes others happy. Craft is a very accessible form of inspiration on a day-to-day basis.”

See you there!

 

 

Pennsylvania Guild MAKERS FEST June 8th in Lancaster, PA

Pennsylvania Guild MAKERS FEST

Sunday June 8, 2014 : 10am-6pm

300 Block of North Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

Admission: free

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will host the first annual MAKERSfest on the 300 block of N. Queen St. on Sunday, June 8. This brand-new street festival celebrates the beauty of a finished object, as well as the act of making. The Guild invites everyone to come for the day, to start making craft, to acquire a piece from a master craftsman, and revel in the creative expression of music, food, art, craft, and more.

The event features more than 50 craftsmen, live music, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages that focus on the artistry and ingenuity of making. All the craft on display is the inspired work of the craftsmen in the booth, ranging from ceramics to jewelry, handmade clothing, weaving, artisan furniture, functional objects, and more.

Special activities throughout the day include:

  • Silk-screen your own “Lancaster, City of Makers” shirt with Graphic Communications & Printing Technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
  • Food Trucks in Building Character courtyard
  • Paint watercolors with Susquehanna Waldorf School
  • 3-D printing demonstrations with Lanco/Berks Makers
  • Fleece to Shawl – shearing to weaving, knitting and spinning with Red Rose 4-H Fiber Artist Club
  • Rare breed sheep with Flying Fibers
  • Chalk up the sidewalk with Lancaster Creative Factory
  • Soldering Zone (ages 10 & up) with Lanco/Berks Makers
  • Live music with River Valley Music Collective
  • Coffee making demonstration with Commonwealth on Queen
  • Print making demonstration with Heritage Press Museum
  • Plein air painting demonstration with Michael Allen
  • Spinning directly from angora rabbit with Ellen Anderson
  • Wine making demonstration with Lancaster Homebrew

“We’re excited to bring the MAKERSFest to Lancaster,” says Sherrie Boyer, executive director. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get their hands on craft–whether as a brand new maker experimenting at one of our demonstration and maker tables, or as an art lover who picks up beautiful handmade works from the many master artisans at our event.”

MAKERSfest is free and open to the public. Hours are Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm, along the 300 block of N. Queen St., Lancaster.

For more info visit the PA Guild of Craftsmen website or call 717-431-8706

Craft, Shopping, & Mom – A Classic Combination – Philadelphia, PA

Rittenhouse Square craft show

Finding fine craft in downtown Philly.

Save the date for the return of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen to Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square on May 9, 10 & 11, 2014.

A perfect weekend to be outside with mom shopping American craft on the tree-lined boulevards of Rittenhouse Square.

Through a partnership with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will bring its signature premier Fine Craft Fair, featuring 140 of its very finest craft artists, to downtown Philadelphia on May 9, 10 & 11, 2014. This is believed to be the first professional fine craft fair at the Square.

Founded in 1944 at the recommendation of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Pennsylvania Guild is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized craft guilds, specializing in the advocacy and support of more than 1,400 members whose handwork is known for its unparalleled skill and artistry.  Fine craft is often defined as the hand and mind transformation of raw materials into inspired works of art. The finished products may be either traditional or contemporary in style and design.

“Our craftsmen and women pair the aesthetics of fine art with the technical precision of craftsmanship.” says Executive Director Sherrie Boyer. “This balance creates work that is visually unique yet often fully functional. Imagine a bowl or chair. Our artisans elevate these everyday objects into works of art with style and design so that using them daily is both delightful and practical.

The Guild’s fabulous 3-day outdoor show is in an elegant district of downtown Philadelphia and falls on Mother’s Day weekend.  Bring your family for a beautiful park atmosphere with street cafes, crowded sidewalks and all the pleasure of a bustling urban setting.

For details go to visit us online or call 717.431.8706

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square

May 9, 10 & 11, 2014
Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Corner of 19th and Walnut
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is a free event.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Returns to Wilmington

An annual tradition for craft-lovers in the region, the Guild returns for its 7th year on the Wilmington Riverfront with independent artists who set up in boutique booths to showcase and sell their outstanding work in all media: glass, jewelry, wood, metal, clay, fiber and more. Explore and shop thousands of unique, handcrafted works by nearly 200 fine craftspeople at the Brandywine Valley’s most prestigious fine craft fair.

This fine craft fair unites the beauty of contemporary craft, the richness of heritage, and unique designs of American craftsmen in one premier event.  Seize the opportunity to support regional professionals and American handmade works of functional and decorative craft.

For details, go to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen or call 717.431.8706

WHEN: Saturday July 27th 10am – 6pm and Sunday July 28th 10am – 5pm

WHERE: The Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE

HOW MUCH: Admission $8.00, Free Parking

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen debuts fall Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

Surround yourself with the beauty of handmade craft while you soak in the autumn foliage of Rittenhouse Square. The inaugural autumn complement to the Guild’s spring Fine Craft Fair at the prestigious Rittenhouse Square will bring more than 140 craftsmen to downtown Philadelphia, October 11, 12, and 13.

During the three-day event, patrons can peruse original works of hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing, fine porcelain, blown glass, and more.  Craftsmen are jury-selected into the show, ensuring that craft lovers and collectors find products that embody precise craftsmanship, creative design, and unique style.

Philadelphia potter Jerry Bennett exemplifies these three qualities.  An expert in the use of paperclay, Bennett’s ethereal pottery is carefully formed, thoughtfully embellished, and elegantly glazed.  His designs and construction are highly contemporary, but draws inspiration from traditional techniques such as pit-firing.

“Buying fine craft gives you the opportunity to express your own handmade style with something unique,” says Sherrie Boyer, executive director.  “And it also gives you the opportunity to talk directly to the craftsmen who made it.  It’s a gift to be able to wake up under a quilt made by someone you know, or sit down on a bench that was created just for you.”

The fine craft fair is open Friday, October 11 from 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday, October 12 from 11 am – 7 pm, and Sunday, October 13 from 11 am – 5 pm.  Admission is free. More details at www.pacrafts.org/october.

Pennsylvania Guild at Rittenhouse Square

At long last, fine craft is coming to the tree-lined boulevards of Rittenhouse Square.

Through a partnership with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will bring its signature premier Fine Craft Fair, featuring 140 of its very finest craft artists, to downtown Philadelphia on May 11, 12 & 13, 2012. This is believed to be the first professional fine craft fair at the Square.

Founded in 1944 at the recommendation of Eleanor Roosevelt, the Pennsylvania Guild is one of the nation’s largest and most recognized craft guilds, specializing in the advocacy and support of more than 1,400 members whose handwork is known for its unparalleled skill and artistry.  Fine craft is often defined as the hand and mind transformation of raw materials into inspired works of art. The finished products may be either traditional or contemporary in style and design.

Paula Brown-Steedly

“Our craftsmen and women pair the aesthetics of fine art with the technical precision of craftsmanship.” says Executive Director Sherrie Boyer. “This balance creates work that is visually unique yet often fully functional. Imagine a bowl or chair. Our artisans elevate these everyday objects into works of art with style and design so that using them daily is both delightful and practical.”

The Guild’s Fine Craft Fair is the fine craft equivalent of the much-loved Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (held bi-annually at the same site). Both shows feature exclusively artisans who are the makers of the original work shown in each booth. Both events “circle” the square with canopies and both are part of a larger urban setting with cafes, and local eateries.

In recognition of each other’s specialties, the Fine Craft Fair will focus on hand-crafted jewelry, contemporary furniture, functional and decorative pottery, designer clothing, fine porcelain, and other interpretive works including blown glass, limited edition photography and sculpture. The Fine Art Show will continue its long tradition of exceptional two-dimensional fine art such as paintings, watercolors, oils, graphite and pastels.

The Pennsylvania Guild is known for its premier events; the Guild’s largest is in Wilmington at Chase Center on the Riverfront (early August) and in Lancaster at downtown’s new Convention Center (mid-November). Both of these shows feature 140 to 200 artisans.

Fair hours are 11 am to 7 pm Friday & Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free. Street and garage parking is plentiful.

For more information, go to pacrafts.org/may.  Call (717) 431-8706 or e-mail handmade@pacrafts.org with any questions.