On Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the 19th annual festival will be held at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor.
Participants from 24 states and every region of the continental United States were selected from 631 applicants by a jury of professional craft and art experts. In addition, a selection of moderately priced food and desserts will be available, including French sweet and savory crepes, smoothies and more. Continuous craft demonstrations will also be available.
Dramatic metal and stone sculpture, designer apparel in silk, cashmere, organic cotton, alpaca and other natural fibers, diamonds, rubies and sapphires set in gold and platinum, fine paintings on canvas, home furnishings, sculpture, original fashions in dyed leather, blown and stained glass, as well as hand-crafted creations fashioned from exotic, nonendangered woods, will all be presented personally by 90 American master craftsmen and fine artists under large tents.
Seven-thousand visitors are expected to see a display representative of America’s most interesting craft masters and fine artists offered at Long Island’s premier art museum. The event is produced by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship, the same organization that produces the Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
One of the most novel creations will be presented by Joan Michlin of Sarasota, FL, who will display a hand-fabricated one-of-a-kind sterling silver triangular container decorated with hand-carved Lapis Lazuli and with a 14-karat gold bracelet embellished with diamonds, as well as a 14-karat gold and diamond stick pin enhancing the exterior, and removable for use as body adornments, will be priced at $11,500. Most items range in price from $50 for a multi-colored enameled ladybug on a lily pin combining forms and vibrant color to express a unique charm and humor, available from Cynthia Chuang of Locust Valley, to $600 for a one-of-a-kind, original design-turned wood vessel fabricated from hand-polished cherry wood, with black walnut accents requiring 40 hours of work to accomplish by Richard Nolan from Johnson City, NY. A selection of art and craft demonstrations can be enjoyed at this family-friendly event.
The purpose of the day is to provide the museum with additional community support and visibility so as to enhance their mission and bring to Nassau County the finest crafts event available with many of the best craft artists culled from every region of the United States. It was conceived as an opportunity to provide a support mechanism enabling master craft artists to continue their work, providing themselves with a dignified living, while offering the community an unparalleled cultural event.
Admission is $9, children under 12 admitted free, $1 discount for seniors on Saturday. Proceeds benefit the museum.
—Submitted by the American
Concern for Art and Craftsmanship