Craftsmen Fair features nine days with top artists

  • "Red Squirrel among the Flowers" by Sheri Dowsett —Courtesy of NHAA

  • "Colors of the Marsh," an oil painting by Barbara Stevens Adams —Courtesy of NHAA

  • "Incoming," a pastel painting by Judy McKenna —Courtesy of NHAA

  • Richard Foye of South Newfane, Vt., demonstrates the “raku” pottery method at a past League of N.H. Craftsmen Fair. Courtesy of the League of N.H. Craftsmen

  • Woodworker Dan Dustin, of Contoocook, N.H., at his booth at the League of N.H. Craftsmen fair at Sunapee Mountain Resort in Newbury, N.H., on Aug. 9, 2016. Sarah Priestap—Valley News file

  • Harry Bassett of Vermont Glass Workshop creates a martini glass suring a demonstration at The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair. August 6, 2016 (JENNIFER MELI / Monitor Staff) —Monitor file

  • Deb Fairchild works on creating a beaded rope that can be added to any outfit as an accessory at the 83rd annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Fair on Aug. 6, 2016. Monitor file

  • Miriam Carter, executive director of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, left, speaks with Amy Lane Rusiecki, right, of Deerfield, Mass., who has been visiting the craft fair since she was a child. Rusiecki's parents have a house in Sunapee and hitting the fair is an annual summer event. (Valley News file) Nancy Nutile-McMenemy—Valley News file

Monitor staff
Published: 7/26/2019 5:13:54 PM

Hundreds of New Hampshire crafters of many media will once again gather in the shadow of Mount Sunapee.

The 86th annual Craftsmen Fair will be held Aug. 3 to 11 at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.

The League is anticipating more than 25,000 will come during the week to meet with artisans and shop their works.

The fair largely exhibits the works of its juried members representing forms such as basket-weaving, handblown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, print-making and painting, metal sculptures, folk art, furniture-making, quilting and wearable art and jewelry.

“This year it’s all about the new – exhibitions, workshops, bands and food, as well as inspiring crafts,” said Miriam Carter, executive director of League of N.H. Craftsmen, in statement. “This is more than a shopping experience, it’s an opportunity to explore the world of fine craft making. As a statewide arts organization and nonprofit, this is our yearly opportunity to celebrate our members and their extraordinary talent.”

The new presentations include “Art, Craft & Design: The exhibition,” which intends to explore ideas about how to use fine crafts in everyday life. Likewise, the “Sculpture Garden” will present ideas to visitors on how to incorporate art and plantings in their own yards.

The 2019 fair will also feature guest artists who are not members of the League, but have gone through a similar jurying process to be accepted. Those artists are Jennifer Armstrong, a fiber artist from Kennbunk, Maine; Lori Austill, a mixed media artist from Portland, Maine; Pong Gaddi, a leatherworker from Buffalo, N.Y.; Joel Hokkanen, a woodworker from Rockport, Mass.; Shaari Horowitz, a woodworker from Sharon, Conn.; Chong and Judi Lim, mixed media artists from Scarborough, Maine; Kent Maxwell, a mixed media artist from Portsmouth; Trenny Rob and Bob Michaud, mixed-media artists from Sutton, Vt.; and Sumiyo Toribe, a watercolor painter from Mullbury, Mass.

Among the exhibitors, 25 members of the New Hampshire Art Association will be displaying and selling their work. The artists include painters, photographers and printmakers.

In addition to the NHAA items for sale, the association will hold a Plein Air Paint Out and Wet Paint Sale on Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can watch the artists create their paintings, ask about their process, and view completed projects. Artists working at the Paint Out include Phil Bean, Eileen Belanger, Debbie Campbell and Maryclare Heffernan.

Loretta Hubley, an etching artist, will present a demonstration on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. The etching process will be discussed in relation to Rembrandt’s intaglio techniques.

Other participating artists include NHAA artists include Barbara Stevens Adams, Diane Bragdon, Elizabeth Craumer, Becky Darling, Sherie Dowsett, Elaine Farmer, Mark Giuliucci, Robert Goldenberg, Duane Hammond, Laura Cassinari King, Luci Lesmerises, Judith McKenna, Diane Orzel, Susan Peterson, Marilene Sawaf, Jef Steingrebe, Marianne Stillwagon, Liane Whittum, Debra Woodward and David Zerba.

A returning fair feature will be the Next Generation tent featuring the works of young artists ages 12 to 19 who are mentored by the juried members of the League.

The fair will also provide musical entertainment and a variety of food offerings, including craft beer and wine.

The fair will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $15; veterans, active military and seniors are $13; children 12 and younger are free. Please, no dogs other than service animals.

For more info or to purchase tickets, visit nhcrafts.org/annual-craftsmens-fair.




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