League of N.H. Craftsmen to host annual Capital Arts Fest in downtown

  • Diane Nericcio of Thornton poses with her handmade leather bags at last year’s Capital Arts Fest. The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will bring art and fine craft to the streets of Concord with the Capital Arts Fest, running Sept. 27 to 29. Courtesy photos

  • Gigi Laberge of Henniker showcases her jewelry and décor made from glass at last year’s event. Courtesy

  • Kathleen Curtin of Tamworth showcases the metal jewelry she made for last year’s Capital Arts Fest. The weekend-long event will showcase dozens of artisans, craftsmen, musicians and food vendors on Main Street.

Published: 9/18/2019 4:57:50 PM
Modified: 9/18/2019 4:57:40 PM

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will once again bring art and fine craft to the streets of Concord with the Capital Arts Fest, running Sept. 27 to 29. The weekend-long event will showcase dozens of artisans, craftsmen, musicians and food vendors in front of the League’s headquarters at the south end of Main Street.

“After last year’s inaugural Capital Arts Fest, excitement is growing for this year’s event – which will be even bigger and more diverse than last year’s,” said Miriam Carter, Executive Director, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. “Much like the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, we hope to attract visitors from across the state and far beyond to introduce them to the world of art and fine craft – and the dedication and skill required to make each piece. This is a great opportunity to shop fine craft, learn about the League and our wonderful partners, and experience all that the city of Concord has to offer.”

The event, which will showcase downtown Concord’s arts district as a cultural destination, is the result of a successful partnership with the City of Concord, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Concord Committee, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and the Concord Community Music School.

“We’ve worked hard over the past several years to make Concord a destination for both those looking for space to create and those looking to appreciate art and fine craft,” said Concord Mayor Jim Bouley. “The city of Concord has a fantastic partner in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, which is headquartered right in the heart of our arts district. We’re proud to have their support in organizing this event to showcase all of the amazing things we’re doing here in Concord.”

Visitors will have numerous activities to choose from; they can shop for one-of-a-kind craft, watch craft demonstrations, see performances sponsored by the Capitol Center for the Arts, meet talented artists, and indulge in delicious food and New Hampshire craft beer. In the League’s Exhibition Gallery, guests can view two exhibits: “Then and Now – How Far We’ve Come” featuring both early and current work of League juried members to showcase their personal journeys as craftsmen, and “Journey – An Encaustic Exhibition,” which will feature three contemporary encaustic artists who are invited guests: Emma Ashby, Fran Koenig and Wo Schiffman. The Exhibition Gallery will be open extended hours to coincide with the Fest’s other activities. These two exhibits will run through Dec. 20.

Event hours are as follows: Sept. 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will take place on South Main Street in front of the League of N.H. Craftsmen headquarters at 49 S. Main St., Concord.

For more information on the festival, see nhcrafts.org.




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