Piedmont Craftsmen’s Christmas Fair 2015 Coming to Winston-Salem This Weekend

By Staff

early fair photo -piedmont craftsmen
early fair photo -piedmont craftsmen

For the over 50 years years, the Piedmont Crafstmen’s Fair has brought high art and functional craft to holiday shoppers in Winston-Salem.  Many wonderful gifts and future family heirlooms have been created by the organizations artisans since the creation of Piedmont Craftsmen’s in 1963.  This year’s Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair will be held on November 21st and 22nd at the Benton Convention Center downtown.

Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., is a guild founded in winston-Salem by craft artists and collectors to honor the work of its members. Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., a non-profit education and arts organization, is dedicated to the promotion of fine traditional and contemporary craft and art through a wide variety of educational and membership activities and services for the benefit of the community.

Piedmont Craftsmen represents nearly four hundred of the United States’s most talented artisans. Exhibiting members are juried into the organization on the basis of their skills and professionalism by a standards committee made up of exhibiting craftsmen and other professionals. Our members’ work includes fine handmade garments, jewelry, one-of-a-kind functional housewares and decorative objects.

True to the mission of our organization, Piedmont Craftsmen provides educational/instructional opportunities for audiences from ages 8 to 80 – working both within our school systems and out in the community – highlighting the materials, processes, and techniques that are specific to each crafts artists’ creative process. We are proud of our long tradition as an organization that brings attention to the vision, spirit, and craftsmanship that are essential elements in the making of artful objects.

This weekend’s annual Christmas Fair fair will showcase the handwork of more than 120 fine artisans from across the southeast in a setting that allows shoppers to meet the crafts people, talk to them about their work, and view demonstrations of craft techniques.

Exhibiting members include craft artists who work in clay, wood, glass, fibers, leather, metal, photography, printmaking, and mixed media creating one-of-a-kind works that can be functional as well as beautiful. In addition to the quality of the work shown, the fair will not only feature craftspeople selling their wares, it will also have a heavy educational component for the serious artisan to the hobbyist and beginner.  The demo schedule is:

Saturday Nov. 22

11:00am   Jerry Maxey     Fiber – Basketry

11:00am   Rachel Smith   Clay – wheelthrowing

12:00pm     Erica S. Bailey        Metal – silver jewelry

12:00pm     Ron Propst             Clay – wheelthrowing

1:00pm       David Bennett        Glass – torch

1:00pm       Nancy Green          Clay – handbuilding

2:00pm       Annie Grimes Williams    Metal – Enameling Jewelry

2:00pm       Kerry Gonzalez               Clay – wheelthrowing

3:00pm       Chery Cratty                    Paper – Pulp Painting

3:00pm       Lee Hazelgrove               Clay – wheelthrowing

4:00pm       Betty Helen Longhi    Metal – Forming Techniques

4:00pm       Evelyn Ward              Clay -wheelthrowing

Sunday Nov. 23

1:00pm      Betti Pettinattii-Longinotti      Glass – Painting on Glass

1:00pm      Santiago Gutierrez                Clay – Traditional Surface Design

2:00pm       Ben Dyer                             Metal – jewelry

2:00pm       Annie Van Every                 Clay – wheelthrowing

3:00pm       Jim Carpenter                      Wood – bordcarving

3:00pm       Richard Montgomery           Clay – handbuilding

Purchase tickets at the door or in advance HERE

Adults $7.00, Students/Seniors (age 65 and up) $6.00, and Children under 12 no charge. You can purchase a full Weekend Pass for $11.00

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