Friday, November 8, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: A Sparkling Tradition & Big-Box Shopping Antidote, Worcester Center for Crafts Unveils Line-Up for Annual Holiday Festival of Crafts

Worcester, MA- The Worcester Center for Crafts will be hosting its annual Holiday Festival of Crafts in celebration of the best of American handmade craft on Friday, November 29, Saturday, November 30, and Sunday, December 1, 2019 at their 25 Sagamore Road facility. Featuring over fifty-nine fine craft artists and their work, the Festival is held indoors and includes free parking and an on-site cafe provided by Bushel N Peck. The Festival is open on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM, and on Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM. Admission is a $5 donation to the Crafts Center with children 12 and under free.


This year’s line-up features an exciting mix of returning and newcomer artists with a wide variety of works ranging from ceramics to jewelry, to soaps and candles. “We love to give new artists a chance to expose our Festival audiences to their work” said Candace Casey, WCC Gallery/Gallery Store Director and organizer of the Holiday Festival. “The creative energy is alive and well at the Craft Center. Our artists and guests alike can expect to be regaled with work representing the finest of handmade American Craft and they will not be disappointed!”

Artists participating this year include: Carol Tripp Martens (Ioka Pottery), Andy Osborne (Beaded Dragon Artisans), Virginia Stevens (Virginia Stevens Designs), Ann Szerlip (Ann Szerlip Glass Designs), Mary Risley (Mary Risley Jewelry), Aaron Slater (Aaron Slater Glass), Betty Barrett (B.Barrett Jewelry), Laura Pierce (Iris Designs), Samir Dhamija (My Mez), Sibel Alpaslan (Ceramics by Sibel), Jan Franco (JMF Dezigns Exquisite Jewelry), Kathy Litchfield (Firecrow Handwovens), Libby Boss (Teesies), Nancy Marland Wolinski (Nancy Marland Jewelry), Allison Glick (Allison Glick Ceramics), Trish Kozub (Idazz Custom Designs), Frank Dobai (The Shade Tree, LLC), Michelle & Bill Champitto (Fresh Cut Glass), Reid Gilmore (Central New England Woodturners), Marcy Schepker (Pear Tree Studio), Peter Jones (Mountain Street Pottery), Doug Burritt (Harbor Sweets), J.Ann Eldridge, Betsy Keeney (Centre Village Studio), Lauren Beaudoin (Creative Dexterity), Sarah Michalik & Noah Weinert (Charged Glassworks), Erica Walker (Erica Walker Jewelry), Marian Ives (Ives Ornaments & Weathervanes), Carol Joannidi & Dana Hunt (Little Cat Metals), Michael Gadsby (Custom Wood Works), Linda Williams (Country Weaver Designs), Vartus Varadian (Vartus Designs), Ania Davis (EPOCA), Melissa Rioux (DAFNI Greek Gourmet), David Pollack (Maggie’s Farm), Elizabeth Ryan (Looka Jewelry), Renee Mallett (Amaranth & Rue), Joshua Swalec (Ferromorphics Blacksmithing), Carole Michelfelder (Taproot Threads), Nancy E. Burke (Quicksilver Glass), Kim Cutler (Kim Cutler Ceramics), Alison Cargill (Alison Designs LLC), Heather Bevilacqua (Grinns), Aisling Colleary (Horizon Line Ceramics), Lauren Blais (Lauren Blais Design), Tracy Levesque (Tracy Levesque Fine Art), Hillary Hutton (Hutton Handwovens), Suzanne & Steven Rosendahl (Teagan & Ash), Marcia Press (Meshugenah Hat Company), Marianne Janik (Calli B), Mark Hutton (Hutton Studios), Patrick Zephyr (Patrick Zephyr Nature Photography), Jennifer Moran (Gracies Gunnies), Nancy Engle (Goodness Remedies), Susan Swift (Swfit Farms), Caroline Golden Kirkland (c.e. golden), Kristin Kearns & Len Keeler (AnglerFish Jewelry), Heather Kidson (Heather Bell Designs).

Sponsored by UniBank and Patrick Motors, the Festival continues the tradition of the Worcester Center for Crafts as an economic engine for artists and helps advance the Craft Center’s mission to inspire and build a creative community. The Festival also serves as a logical partner in the Buy Local and Eat Local movements of the last decade, by featuring hand-made decorative and functional works exclusively in an environment where you can meet the maker, you can take your time, and the artist can personally assist you.
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“The Festival has become a Worcester-wide tradition for folks,” says Candace Casey. “It is our pleasure to promote the best of American handmade craft.”
Open year round, the Worcester Center for Crafts Gallery Store will also be open during the Festival to further showcase and represent more than 400 artisans from all over the country.

Festival goers are encouraged to give the Gift of Craft this season. Gift cards purchased in the Gallery Store are eligible for purchases in the Store as well as for registration for a variety of classes and workshops. The Craft Center offers educational programming for adults and for youth in both multi-week classes and short-term workshops, through which you can learn and develop the essential skills of making with glass, metal, enamels, clay, and more.

About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: New Glass / New England Opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts



Worcester, MA—Thirty-six talented glass artists will be showcased in New Glass / New England, a new exhibition opening at the Worcester Center for Crafts’ Krikorian Gallery on Thursday, September 26th. Curated by Jim Schantz of Schantz Galleries, the show’s evening reception will be held that day from 5:30-7:30 pm, and will continue to be on view through November 7th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, and admission is free and open to the public.

“Showcasing a wide range of technique and background, balanced with diversity and imagination,” New Glass / New England represents the work of both emerging and established glass artists who all hail from the New England area.

Featured in the show are: Melissa Ayotte, Emmett Barnacle, Josh Bernbaum, William Carlson, Dan Clayman, Shaun Conroy, Eric Cruze & Tomo Sakai, Dan Dailey, Owen Dailey, Robert Dane, Martin & Erik Demaine, Bernie D’Onofrio, Robin Grebe, Peter Houk, Sidney Hutter, Claire Kelly, Aron Leaman, K. William LeQuier, Susan Shapiro & Andy Magdanz, Martin Rosol, Thomas Scoon, Gale Scott, Josh Simpson, Randi Solin, Debbie Tarsitano, Natalie Tyler, Jennifer Violette, Adam Waimon, James Watkins, Steven Weinberg, Mark & Michiko Weiner, and Toots Zynsky.

“We have a vast wealth of talent and ability in New England,” says curator, Jim Schantz, “which clearly identifies the quality of our academic and technical programs, as well as establishing this part of the country as a region for creative growth. This artistic vigor reflects the strength of such programs at RISD, Mass Art, MIT, Salem State, and the Worcester Center for Crafts, as well as the numerous private glass studios. I hope this exhibition will continue the dialogue about the identity of a region that has great sources in education and environment for artists.”

In further celebration of the glass arts, the Worcester Center for Crafts’ New Street Glass Studio will host a special demo and slideshow talk by featured and visiting artist, Jen Violette on Friday, September 27th from 6:00-9:30 pm. This event will also be free and open to the public, and is located at 35 B New Street, Worcester, MA.

“It has been an honor to work with Jim Schantz, and to share in his enthusiasm and commitment to the arts,” says Candace Casey, the Krikorian Gallery director. “We are delighted to celebrate work of such caliber and we hope to share with the community our appreciation for the complexities of glasswork.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Candace Casey, ccasey4@worcester.edu.
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About the Worcester Center for Crafts

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) is one of the oldest non-profit institutions for craft study in the United States. Founded in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society to help immigrant women produce and sell handcrafted wares to support their families, the Center evolved into New England’s leading center for craft education, exhibition, and entrepreneurship. In 2004, the organization expanded and opened the New Street Glass Studio- an off campus, 8000 square foot state-of-the –art multi-studio glass facility. The WCC offers the only comprehensive glass studio program in New England available to the public. Through an affiliation begun in 2009, the WCC is home to the Worcester State University’s visual arts studios.

The Craft Center’s mission: The Craft Center's mission is "to inspire and build a creative community" by providing high-quality craft education and training, by supporting craft artists in their professions, and through advocacy and public education initiatives including adult education classes and workshops, exhibitions showcasing the work of established and emerging artists, artist residencies, lectures, family events, studio rentals, Gallery Store, its Youth Craft + Creativity program and major events. The WCC is a member of the Worcester Cultural Coalition and receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.