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Culture Vulture: Holiday Festival of Crafts Returns to Worcester

Friday, November 22, 2013

 

Model wearing a scarf by artist Ashley Conchieri who will be featured at the Holiday Festival of Crafts at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

The highly anticipated annual Holiday Festival of Crafts returns to Worcester Center for Crafts in November. A one-stop shopping opportunity, the 31 year-old festival brings together 60 fine craft artists of the highest caliber all under one roof. Unique hand-crafted gifts are available in all price ranges for everyone on holiday gift lists. For craft collectors, the Holiday Festival provides the rare opportunity to compare and purchase a wide-range of exceptional work for their collections. The Festival also coincides with Shop Local Saturday and accentuates the “Buy American/Buy Local” theme.

“We have some artists who have been featured in this show for decades and who have such a following that their fans come from all over the region,” said Candace Casey, organizer of the Festival. “But from emerging artists to established ones, all of the Festival’s artists show brilliance and creativity in abundance.”

The Festival will offer numerous craft and artisan gifts for purchase including wood, ceramics, wearable art, photography, hand-printed stationery, jewelry and metalwork, and so much more. The Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery Store will also be open during the Festival and features the work of over 200 artisans from all around the country including fine glass work by Simon Pearce. Inspired festival goers will also be able to sign up for a variety of classes and workshops while at the Craft Center.

Held indoors at Worcester Center for Craft’s 25 Sagamore street facility, the festival starts Friday, November 29 and runs through Sunday, December 1, 2013 Free parking and an on-site cafe provided by Bushel ‘N Peck are provided. Sponsored by UniBank, hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM, and on Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM. Admission is $5 with children 12 and under free of charge.

Established in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell hand-crafted wares to support their families, The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State visual arts studios and has evolved over the past 155 years into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition and entrepreneurship. The Festival is part of the Craft Center’s mission “to sustain craft as a vital part of our community” by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives.

For more information call Worcester Center for Crafts at 508.753.8183.

Central MA. Culture Vulture is the portal for arts and cultural events in the region. The heart of Massachusetts, rich in arts and culture, provides a wide array of events in venues that range from refurbished architectural gems to full stadiums. Central Ma. Culture Vulture will shine a weekly spotlight highlighting one of the many diverse cultural opportunities.

 

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