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Westchester Craft Show

Last Updated: 08/13/2013 4:33 pm

Westchester Craft Show brings high style and imaginative design to Westchester County October 16-18.

The Westchester Craft Show, a national leader among juried contemporary American craft shows, returns to the Westchester County Center in White Plains for its 16th year on October 16-18. For this one weekend, the County Center turns into a huge and wondrous art boutique, where a select group of American artists exhibit and sell couture art-to-wear, exquisitely designed furniture and high-style decorative accessories. Many of the items sold at the Westchester Craft Show are one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces.

"We are delighted to once again put art lovers in touch with the world of American fine craft," said Betsy Kubie, founder of Crafts America LLC, and organizer of the show.  "This is a great time to shop America’s best and to celebrate the creative genius of our nation’s most talented artists.”

The show features  jewelry, clothing, ceramics, furniture, fiber decorative, as well as extraordinary works in glass, leather, mixed media, metal, wood, paper and basketry.

Every artist at this event has been selected from a highly competitive pool of established and emerging craft artists by a panel of distinguished judges. Highly trained in the traditions of skilled craftsmanship and techniques, these contemporary artists adapt new technical ideas into their work and create beautiful and original finished pieces.

On Friday, October 16, show attendees will have the opportunity to hear two special guest speakers. This year’s talks, included in show admission, will have a current and very relevant eco-friendly theme.

At 11:30 a.m., ceramic artist Dan Finnegan, whose woodland studio is located in Fredericksburg, VA, will discuss “21st Century Pottery: In the Studio and Off the Grid,” about current eco-friendly trends in the creation of his functional ceramic pottery. Among the topics he will cover are how he uses solar energy to power his studio, using recycled materials such as waste wood and collected rainwater, the movement toward wood-burning kilns (as opposed to those fueled by gas or electricity) and selling locally.

At 1:30 p.m., Susan Cozzi, an ASID interior designer based in Boca Raton, FL, will present “Slow Design: Making Eco-Friendly Choices When Designing Your Home.” She will discuss the slow approach to home design, which promotes quality over quantity, reducing the distance items must be transported, and choosing fine craft made by artists who use natural or recycled materials from American sources.

Sponsors of the Westchester Craft Show are Hudson Valley Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Westchester Home, AmericanStyle and American Craft.

Admission to the Westchester Craft Show is $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.  Show hours are Friday, October 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Westchester County Center is located at the intersection of Routes 119 and 100 at the Bronx River Parkway, exit 5 off I-287, within easy walking distance of the White Plains train station.  Further show information is available by calling Crafts America at (203) 254-0486, the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050 or by visiting www.craftsamericashows.com.


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