Maple Valley Days Festival in Seattle

If you happen to be in Seattle next month, you’ll want to enjoy the Maple Valley Days festival from June 12-14. This festival draws between 10-15,000 visitors each year and has 120 food and vendor booths. There are 75 parade entrants, carnival rides and more.

It all started in 1050 when a group got together at the Gaffney’s Lake Wilderness Lodge to celebrate and raise funds to buy the area’s first fire engine. Firemen sold tickets for one dollar each with the hope of raising $1000. They managed to raise the funds and the yearly event was born. The festival moved to Lake Wilderness Park in 1998, which became the property of The City of Maple Valley in 2003.

Learn more about the event and have a blast!

A Great Activity for Mother’s Day

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Here is a great idea for Mother’s Day. If you’re in St. Louis, Missouri you can enjoy the 28th Annual Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park at 12580 Rott Road. The event will take place from May 8-10 and admission costs $10 for ages 12 and up. It’s only $5 for little guys, and under five is free.

The fair will include all sorts of art, of course, but it also includes some other unique finds. You can taste a variety of wines with unlimited samples from Missouri wineries at the art fair. You can also taste beers and learn about the Schlafly brewing process. On Sunday, May 10th, there will be a special Mother’s Day brunch with seatings at 10:15 and again at 11:45. The tickets to the brunch include art fair admission.

Volunteers are still needed at the fair, and this can be a fun way to get involved. Volunteers receive an art fair T-shirt, free admission, an invitation to the annual volunteer appreciation picnic and community service credit (for students). Find out more details and have a great time!

Enjoy the {Re}HAPPENING

If you live in Asheville or you’ll be in the area on April 4, you must check out the {Re}HAPPENING. Located at Camp Rockmont at 375 Lake Eden Road, this is a multi-sensory experience that includes art, performance and food. It takes place on the grounds of the Black Mountain College Lake Eden campus.

As explained on their website, “Each year, the {Re}HAPPENING features over 80 local, regional, national, and international artists collaborating on 30+ visual art installations, new media presentations, and performances dependent upon wildly innovative visual and participatory components. As with Cage’s 1952 event, the {Re}HAPPENING is a democratizing art experience, participatory and interactive rather than hierarchical.”

Here is just a small look at the type of art and fun that will be part of the day:

JULIE BECTON GILLUM (Asheville): “AEROSPHERE” butoh dance

LINDSEY BREWER (Asheville): “Grit Graf”- dance

DAVID SANCHEZ BURR (Nevada): “n o w h e r e r a d i o” – sound installation

DALTON CARTER (Asheville): “TV Camp”- sound installation

JENNI COCKRELL (Asheville): “Butoh Tarot”- dance

ZACHARY COOPER (Black Mountain): “:43” -sound installation

AMANDA-RAY DANKO (Asheville): “A Step Into The Elements”- interactive installation

MICHAEL DICKINS + McLEAN FAHNESTOCK(Tennessee): “Rocket Launch” – video

GENE FELICE (Maine): video

ANDREW GOODMAN (Rhode Island): “The Lighthammer Project”- sculptural installation

AMY HAMILTON (Asheville): “Untitled”- performance/installation

ARON KALLAY: “Beyond Twleve”- music performance

Upcoming Art City Austin

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If you don’t know about the Art City Austin, you should. Austin has so many amazing things to do and see – and this is certainly high on the list. Each year, they have an art fair which is now about to have its 65th year. They have an annual attendance of 20,000 people and the juried art fair is one of the biggest in Texas.
The fair includes an outdoor display of nationally recognized artists, live music and amazing food options. Food that will be available includes Crepe Crazy, Coolhaus, Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Whole Foods and more.

Bringing kids along is always fun as well. There will be interactive projects and entertainment for kids throughout the fair.
The list of already confirmed artists includes:

Meyer Abrams
Todd Alexander
Chester Allen
Susie Aoki
Yoshi Aoki
Will Armstrong
Lynn Armstrong
Cynthia Bjorn
Barbara Bouman Jay
Jason Brueck
Doug Cavanah
David Conroy
Lisa Crowder
Joseph Cyberski
Greg Davis
Jason Dean

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

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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.

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