Over 85 Jury Selected Artists and Artisans
50 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
August 17 & 18, 2019
Saturday 10-5 Sunday 10-4 FREE ADMISSION
The Stockbridge Summer Arts & Crafts show enters it’s twenty eighth year in the area Rockwell called “the Best of New England, the best of America.” This show is located in historic downtown Stockbridge,MA on the beautiful grounds of the town offices and Bidwell park and within walking distance to specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and the historic Red Lion Inn. Stockbridge, blessed with internationally renowned summer festivals of music, theater and dance, major art museums and historic homes brings hundreds of thousands of art and craft lovers to our town. This ideal, highly visible location is on the route to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood and many cultural attractions. Stockbridge is within 2 ½ hours from Boston or New York City by car and less than an hour from Hartford, Vermont, Albany and southern Connecticut.
Among returning artisans in the 2019 show will be Karen Z and Stpehen Eames of Duxbury, MA who have participanted for over 10 years. Karen creates handbags while Stephen is a photographer/painter featuring New England Landscapes. Karen uses material she has been collecting since childhood with each bag offering a variety of patterns, textures and colors. Stephen has an appreciation for the unique beauty of New England, it’s cities and towns, rolling woodlands and sea shores. His work captures the beauty around him. Local artisan Emily Chase Wilson of Pittsfield, MA joins us. She has been creating handwoven goods for gifts and home since 1976. She weaves a variety of functional textiles to meet both traditional and contemporary needs. All of the work is individually woven on hand operated looms. Heather Kidson of Westwood, MA fell in love with painting on silk while in art college and has never looked back. Her focus is to enhance lives by creating designs of beautiful color and composition. Each piece is an original painting on silk. She offers wearable art with a touch of whimsy. Sue McFarland of Conway, MA is a felt maker and produces both functional accessories, sculptural and hanging work. Margie and Bill Lombard of Saratoga Springs, NY showcase their 60 years of combined metal-smithing offering fine crafted jewelry. Thom Cassotta of Northampton, MA offers original textural work he considers to be a form of “contemporary Folk Art”. The work began with a combination of acrylic paint and textural papers, using sponge, stipple brush, lace tissue paper, crackle paint and miscellaneous findings. He cuts and arranges the papers before applying an acrylic gel. No two works are alike. Other exhibitors are Roxanne Parent of Conway, MA exhibiting her handmade ceramic creations and Evelyn Villegas of New London, CT showcasing a personal and modernized interpretation of an ancient Peruvian jewelry making technique that she holds dear.