Annual Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show

February 20-22 is the time to be in Asheville, North Carolina for the annual Arts and Crafts Conference and Antiques Show. Since 1988, when author, collector and former high school English teacher Bruce Johnson created the conference, it has been dedicated to the education of arts and crafts collectors. Each February, Johnson brings together the most dedicated collectors to enjoy speakers, various craft displays and more.

The setting for this amazing event is The Grove Park Inn which opened in 1913 and was considered at the time one of “the finest resort hotels in the world.” It includes arts and crafts furnishings, Roycroft lighting fixtures and other beautiful designs.

The three day conference includes 1500 attendees and more than 2000 tickets that are sold for the antiques and contemporary crafts show. The three days are packed with lectures, small group discussions, special exhibitions, book exhibits, a craft show and an antique show.

Come and be part of the fun.

NY Ceramics and Glass Fair

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The NY Ceramics and Glass Fair is definitely worth enjoying. It is taking place at the UES’s Bohemian National Hall from January 21-25 at 321 East 73rd Street. The opening night preview on Tuesday, January 20th will start the kick off.

This year’s fair is the 16th annual show and includes works from 30 galleries. These include pieces from leaders like Antiques van Geenan from Delft, Holland and Chen Yan Arts from China.

The five day affair will also include a series of lectures. The show is set on three floors and will include everything from 17th century items to contemporary pieces and will include porcelain, pottery, glass, cloisonné and enamels

Since 2005, the event has been praised by the New York Times and it presents the most comprehensive ceramics offerings under one roof.

Ceramic Delight Coming to Pasadena

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If you love pottery, you should put this into your to-do book. On February 7-8 at the Pasadena Convention Center in California there will be the largest art pottery and tile show in America.

The 18th annual show includes more than 90 exhibitors from around the country who come to show what they are doing with ceramics today and to sell their wares. The event will include appraisals from David Rago of Rago Arts. Visitors from past years rave about the event and the displays. As James Fox and Jacob Sunny said about last year’s fair, “It’s not often that you find so much pottery in one place. Artist Jose Embers agrees. “It feels good, as an artist, to have people focus on pottery and ceramics rather than paintings and other more popular items.”

The event takes place on Saturday from 10-6 and on Sunday from 10-4.

Exhibitors include:
Annie’s Garden Ceramics…Big Bear Lake, CA

Walt & Jody Bammann…Roseburg, OR

Joanne & John Barrett…Gardena, CA

Eric Berg, Early California Antiques

William Bilsland III, Cedar Rapids, IA

Christy Brown…Artpotters.com, Springville, CA

Kirby Brown, Kirby Brown Books & Curios…
Manteca, CA

Carole Coates, Pottery Hound…Kenwood, CA

Steve Conti…Brastoff.com Los Angeles, CA

Al & Elaine Eldridge…Lake San Marcos, CA

Jim Ely…Concord, CA

Dan Emerson, Dan Emerson Collection…So. Pasadena, CA

Ephraim Pottery…Lake Mills, WI

Fox & Lois Garney…Cambria, CA

Warhol-Iday May Be Worth a Look

If you love Andy Warhol, or you’re really into Christmas, you’ll want to know about the current online sale by Christie’s auction house named “Warhol-iday.” The work that will be available for sale includes festive polaroids and seasonal illustrations. As Amelia Manderscheid, head of eCommerce for Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s said, “the work is very personal…[It was] pretty much all made for his own desire.”

The auction collection includes many holiday cards which were most likely from Warhol’s days illustrating for Tiffany & Co. Other notable items include Lot 91, a cookie tin that is decorated with poinsettias and a black and white photo of Keith Haring posing in a Santa suit.

Miami – The Place for Art in December

Photo by DomenicBlair

Photo by DomenicBlair


If you love art fairs, now is the time to come to Miami. As part of the Art Basel Miami Beach event, there will be more art events than you can imagine during the first week of December. Here is a taste of what’s coming:

From December 4-7 at the Miami Beach Convention Center you can enjoy the Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Aqua Art Miami is taking place at the Aqua Hotel from December 3-7 and the Design Miami will be at the Convention Center over the same days.

For something off the beaten path, check out the Ink Miami Art Fair also from December 3-7. This one will take place at 1850 Collins Avenue. The NADA Art Fair Miami Beach will be from the 4th to the 7th at the Deauville Beach Resort.

These are but a few of the many events happening in Miami at the beginning of the month.

Love Quilting?

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As the winter approaches and we all look for comfort, people are drawn to quilting. For more information about quilting there is a wonderful resource at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Visitors to the museum can see the largest publicly held quilt collection in the world. A local couple donated their 1000 piece quilt collection. The museum is a great opportunity for kids to see hand and machine made quilting techniques and to see objects that are used for folk art.

In total, the museum has 3500 quilts from 30 countries made over four centuries. These include doll, French, African-American and Amish quilts.

Art of the Brick Comes to Boston

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Run, don’t walk, to enjoy ‘The Art of the Brick.’ This exhibit is touring the world and has now arrived at the Faneuil Hall Museum in Quincy Market.

Created by NYC-based artist Nathan Sawaya, the exhibit features art that is made…as you might have predicted….out of Lego. Sawaya’s sculptures use Lego bricks to bring all sorts of designs to life. You can’t play with his exhibits, but you can marvel at the time, creativity and energy that each sculpture has taken him.

The exhibit officially opens today and the tour is expected to remain in Boston until January 11, 2015 when it will then move to Alaska. Assuming you don’t want to trek to Alaska to look at Lego, you just might want to catch it now.

As the Lego website says, the exhibit is a place “Where kids are welcome, but not required.”

The Art of Food

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Art comes in many forms, and while many people don’t consider food an art form – it certainly is. And if you’re in the Asheville area, you can enjoy the fall food festivals and dinners that are coming our way.

Asheville GreenWorks is having their second annual Root Ball at the “Boathouse” today. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and all sales will benefit Greenwork’s efforts to keep Asheville clean and green. Participants can expect gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, watermelon gazpacho, make-your-own sundae bars and more. Learn more at (www.ashevillegreenworks.org).

On September 21, people can enjoy oysters galore at Asheville’s Curve Studios and garden. It will benefit Arts for Life, which provides art lessons to patients of Mission Children’s Hospital. The event will include live music, an art display, a silent auction, oysters, barbecue and more. Tickets are $40 through September 21 at artsforlifenc.org/shuck.

The 27th Greek Festival will begin on September 26th and will include all the spanakopita you can eat, Greek folk dancing, cooking classes, jewelry making and more. It will take place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and admission is free.

Affordable Art Fair Coming to NYC

The Affordable Art Fair started in 1999 when Will Ramsay wanted to bring art to the people without a huge price tag. At Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London, he started bringing in unknown artists so that he could offer works from $100 to $5000.

The first fair launched in Battersea Park in October of 1999 and 10,000 people too advantage of buying affordable art. Now, the Affordable Art Fair takes place in cities around the world and over 1.4 million people have visited a Fair of this sort and purchased a whopping $339 million worth of art.

For those in New York, the Affordable Art Fair will be coming to The Tunnel from September 25-29, 2014. The fair will include 50 local and international galleries with amazing programs and buying opportunities.

Here is a video where the Fair is described in more detail:

Enjoy the Upcoming Kings Mountain Art Fair

dress by artist Anna Broenink

dress by artist Anna Broenink

Nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in California, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is definitely one that you shouldn’t miss. This annual event is held on Labor Day weekend and it benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and other community activities. It is staffed by local volunteers. It is set among the redwoods and is celebrating 50 years of art and enjoyment.

The fair includes a Kiddie Hollow where children can make their own art at supervised booths.

There is also a firefighter booth where you can meet the firefighters and get a free blood pressure check.

Judged artists who are going to be part of the 2014 fair include: Joseph Battiato, Sumati Colpitts, Linda Fahey, Fox Garney and many others.

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