Sample Handmade Products at the Tasting Tent

THE 2017 FAIR HAS PASSED – HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

Along with the vast array of beautiful and creative fine craft, you can also enjoy delicious handcrafted treats from specialty food vendors. Fuller’s Sugarhouse (a Fair sponsor — shown right), King Arthur Flour, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative are all returning for a second year in the Fair Tasting Tent.

Stop by and sample their products, which you can also purchase at the Fair.  Here is the schedule:

Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6:

  • Pure maple products (syrup, candy, and sugar) from Fuller’s Sugarhouse

Monday, August 7:

  • Delicious popcorn from Popzup Popcorn

Thursday, August 10 & Friday, August 11:

  • Delicious baked goods from King Arthur Flour
  • Tasty and savory cheese and other dairy products from Cabot Creamery Cooperative

 

New Fair T-shirt Designs for 2017

NOTE THAT THE 2017 FAIR HAS PASSED – HERE IS SOME INFO FROM THE EVENT

The League’s Fair Committee is launching a special program to capture the essence of the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair: a Fair T-shirt featuring the design of one of our talented juried members. Folk artist Jim Lambert’s colorful and whimsical designs were selected to be reproduced onto two new, one-of-a-kind T-shirts for this year’s Fair. One T-shirt design is of a bright, beautiful sun, which sells for $30; the other is of birds feasting on a watermelon, which sells for $20. These T-shirts are available for purchase during the Fair at the Info Tent. Please note that the 2017 Fair T shirts are a special Fair promotion and no member discounts apply.

Enter the Raffle to Win Jim Lambert’s Handcrafted Sun

#Here comes the sun – Jim Lambert’s version, that is! The handcrafted sun that inspired the T-shirt design will be the raffle prize at this year’s Fair. Stop by the Info Tent to see it in all its glory and enter the raffle to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. Proceeds from the raffle support the League’s Annual Fund.

About the Maker
Jim, juried in multi-media, creates colorful, one-of-a-kind classical and traditional free -standing and wall figures using found and cast-off materials. He believes in the old saying, “waste not, want not,” making art out of scrap pieces of wood, sticks, and used wire. He develops design ideas and then searches for the appropriate objects to incorporate into his work. “Sometimes I’ll be walking in the woods and I see a stick and I’ll think, ’Hey, that looks like a leg or a tail,” he explained.

This year will be Jim’s 11th time participating in the Fair. He sells his folk art year-round at the League’s Fine Craft Galleries located statewide. Jim’s work has also appeared in national magazines such as Country Collectibles, Country Living, and Early American Homes, and in 2004, New Hampshire Magazine chose his work as “Best Folk Art” in their Best of New Hampshire Edition. He has exhibited in the Museum of Folk Art (in NYC) and his work is in the private collections of former President Bill Clinton, the Vatican, Bloomingdales, and numerous others.

Learn about year-round shopping at the League’s Fine Craft Galleries Booth

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2017 FAIR HAS PASSED – BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENT

Did you know that the League has eight fine craft galleries located throughout the state of New Hampshire selling the work of our juried craftsmen? The galleries are the face of the League all year long, and this August they will be represented at the Craftsmen’s Fair!

Visit the Fine Craft Galleries booth to find out more about each location and what they have to offer. There will also be special events and/or raffles each day, so be sure to stop by and meet the managers!

Every Day at the Fine Craft Galleries’ Booth

  • Collaborate in the creative process: Stop by and add a row of fabric to our weaving grid!
  • Enter to win a handcrafted bowl (pictured right) by juried League member David Robinson.

Saturday, August 5

  • Meet the Nashua Gallery Manager and learn about the gallery’s craft classes. See examples of craft projects.

Sunday, August 6

  • Meet the Concord Gallery Manager and learn about the gallery and things to see and do in the Concord Area.

Monday, August 7

  • Meet the Center Sandwich Gallery Manager and learn about the gallery and area.

Tuesday, August 8 – Littleton

  • Learn more about the Littleton area from the Littleton Gallery Manager and a representative from the Littleton Chamber of Commerce.
  • Enter to win the Welcome to the Glad Town Package: A basket filled with gift certificates and other treasures from Littleton and surrounding area, including items from the Littleton Gallery, The Beal House, Harman’s Cheese, Littleton Studio School, Pollyanna, and more.

Friday, August 11

  • Meet the Meredith Gallery Manager and learn about the gallery and area.
  • Enter to win Destination Meredith Package that includes: one night stay at Mill Falls at the Lake; $25 Hart’s Turkey Farm gift certificate; Hermit Woods Winery wine tasting and tour for 2; 2 tickets to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse; 2 adult admissions to Castle in the Clouds; and 4 daytime cruise tickets on the M/S Mount Washington (or 2 tickets to the Sunday Champagne Brunch and Cruise).

Saturday, August 12

  • Meet the North Conway Gallery Manager, the North Conway Gallery Education Coordinator, and a representative from the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Enter to win a hand blown glass vase by League juried member Philip Jacobs.

Sunday, August, 13

  • Learn about the Hanover area from the Hanover Gallery Manager and a Hanover Chamber of Commerce representative.
  • Learn about the Hanover Gallery’s CraftStudies education program. See examples of pieces made by students.
  • Enter to win the Hanover Getaway Package that includes: a one night stay with valet parking at the Six South Street Hotel in Hanover; CraftStudies gift certificate; and $100 Hanover Fine Craft Gallery gift certificate.

During the Fair, you can also meet the League’s Hooksett Gallery Manager and other Hooksett staff members at the CraftWear exhibition — please stop in and say hi!

 

Craftsmen Getting Ready for the Fair

PLEASE NOTE THE 2017 FAIR HAS PASSED – BELOW ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS

The 300+ craftsmen participating in this year’s Fair are busy creating quality fine craft. As you can imagine, the weeks leading up to the Fair can be hectic — and fun! Here is a peek at what is happening at some of the studios and workspaces of our juried members right now.

Andy Hampton prepares his pottery for the Fair.
Blair LaBella’s cat, Ares, casts a watchful eye as Blair makes her jewelry for the Fair.
Louis Pulzetti planed and sanded these redwood bases for his lamps.
Lia Gormley hammers a texture onto a handcrafted ring.
Kate Kilgus is hand weaving a herb garden cotton kitchen towel.
Some of the precious metal clay beads and other elements Karen Eisenberg uses to make her jewelry.
Catherine Green is finishing up three new prints for the Fair.
Dan Abramson is working on a sweet table among other pieces for the Fair.
Naomi Lindenfeld sketches out a design for this colored clay platter.

Visit our Facebook page to see more works in progress!

Click here for the 2017 Craftsmen’s Fair participant list.

 

Become a Supporting Member of the League

Supporting members of the League are craft enthusiasts and collectors who want to learn more about craft and support the League mission and activities. If you want to be a part of continuing the tradition of creating fine craft by hand, and educating generations to come on the value of this work, consider joining the League as a Supporting Member.

As a benefit of membership, you will receive free Fair pass(es), discounts at Fair exhibitions and our eight Fine Craft Galleries statewide and invitations to member events. Veterans, seniors and active students receive $10 off any member level.

Join online today and receive free admission to the 2017 Fair!

Shopping doesn’t get any better than this!

Shop 200+ BOOTHS filled with some of the nation’s finest craft – quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that will take your breath away. Serious collectors and casual visitors alike will find unique craft in all price ranges. You will see work from every media area to include: baskets, clay, felting, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, non-metal jewelry, photography, polymer clay, prints and wood.

Whether this is your first time or if you have attended the Fair for years, you will always discover something new. Many of craftsmen that participate every year create new work especially for the Fair.  You can also see the work of new participating craftsmen – many of whom are newly juried members of the League. All Fair participants have met the League’s stringent jury standards for quality and craftsmenship.

Click here for the 2017 Craftsmen’s Fair participant list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See How It’s Made or Do It Yourself

See Creativity in Action!

Part of what makes the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience so memorable are the daily craft demonstrations. Every day at the Fair, you can watch master craftsmen transform raw materials into finished pieces of functional art before your eyes. You will receive first-hand insight into the creative process and the range of techniques craftsmen use.

Every day there will be engaging demonstrations including artistic blacksmithing, woodworking, glass blowing, quilting, furniture making, beaded jewelry making, pottery (stoneware and raku pots), needle felting, the making of a didjeridu and much more!

See daily schedules here.


Make it Yourself!

Express your creativity and try your own hand at craft in one of the daily craft workshops. You’ll receive personalized instruction from a master craftsperson in a friendly, relaxed setting. There are workshops for children, teens, and adults, including: Tools for Kids, where children learn to use early American tools like planes, lathes and drills; printmaking; pottery; making sculptures with sticks and stones; and many others.

Some workshops are free of charge while others do require a fee. Registration is available at the Information Tent on the day you attend.

See daily schedules here.

 

Fair Activities Overview

Every day at the Fair there are numerous opportunities to see craftsmen at work, or to try your hand at craft with expert guidance.

Our program pages contain a great overview of the daily and “every-day” activities and demonstrations at the Fair, as well as the featured musicians who will play on our stage. All schedules are subject to change, but will provide an opportunity to plan your visit to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair based on your specific interests.

Craftsmen's Fair 2017 scheduleEvery Day at the Fair

Saturday, August 5

Sunday, August 6

Monday, August 7

Tuesday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13