• Over 180 Established and Emerging Artists Converge on Guilford Green for Craft Expo 2019

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    June 05, 2019
    Guilford, CT – The Guilford Art Center is pleased to welcome over 180 nationally-recognized and emerging craft artists to the historic Guilford Green for Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo 2019. Held on July 19-21, this annual show is celebrating its’ 62nd year as Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from across the country will display and sell their fine craft in a variety of media, including Clay, Glass, Leather, Metal and Non-Metal Jewelry, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Soap and Wood. 
     
    Craft Expo 2019 will feature a new “emerging artist” category this year. This category was established to provide access to a professional show for early-career artists, helping to grow their clientele and careers. Over 15 brand new emerging artists will exhibit at Craft Expo, injecting a fresh wave of talent across a multitude of craft mediums. 
     
    “We are excited to welcome all of our artists to Craft Expo, including our new emerging artists. They all exemplify such a high level of artistry and commitment to their craft. This year’s Craft Expo will truly have something for everyone – from returning artists with a loyal following to new artists just breaking into the art show experience. It’s a very exciting year for all audiences to visit the show and discover something new.” 
     
    Additionally, there are other activities that will entertain attendees, including a Family Art Tent for young visitors, silent auction of exhibitor-donated work, live craft demonstrations by Guilford Art Center faculty and students, and sale of Guilford Art Center student work. Attendees can enjoy a snack or meal in the food truck area, which will also feature live musical entertainment throughout the weekend.
     
    Craft Expo is the Guilford Art Center’s single most important fundraiser, providing proceeds that support all of its educational and community programming. It is sponsored in part by Shore Publishing Newspapers. 
     
    Craft Expo 2019 hours: Friday, July 19, 12-8:30pm; Saturday, July 20, 10am-7pm; Sunday, July 21, 12-5pm. Admission: Adults $9, Seniors $7, GAC Members, children under 12, and active military Free. Multi-day pass $15.
     
    For more information, visit www.guilfordartcenter.org, www.facebook.com/guilfordartcenter, email expo@guilfordartcenter.org, or call (203) 453-5947.
     
    All images courtesy of the artists:
    Glass vase by Danny Polk
    Zebrawood dresser by Peter Judge
    Gold bracelet by Wendy Lin
    Pottery and fiber bowl by Lynne Pulhalla
    Rough rock necklace by Dahlia Kanner
    Polymer clay necklace by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
     
     
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    About Guilford Art Center
    The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
     
    Contact:
    Lisa Ste. Marie
    (203) 453-5947
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