Don’t worry if spring takes a holiday this weekend. Join more than 240 new and established artists as they present the latest in handcrafted clothing, jewelry, furniture, and home décor. Celebrating its 25th year, the American Craft Council’s Show in St. Paul highlights some of the finest craft artists in the country, including at least 25 local talents. Special features at the show include decorative accessories for the garden, finds under $100 for fine craft collectors just getting their feet wet, green crafts, as well as lively demonstrations centered on topics ranging from ceramics to wood techniques.
These artists are at the top of my “must see” list:
(Above) Finding his inspiration in nature, century old buildings, nearby forests, and his own backyard, artist Paul Klein combines wood, stone, patinaed copper, and his own handmade kozo papers to create interesting table and floor lamp shapes, abstract mirrors, and candle holders.
(Right) First introduced to the idea of making furniture from branches, twigs, and bark in their natural state, Perkins began crafting twisting and gnarly chairs from a young age. Using unprocessed materials, Perkins likes the immediacy of a willow shoot and builds furniture that beautifully incorporates birch bark and modernist style.
(Below) Joseph and Georgia Pozycinski love everything brilliant and bronze. Their repertoire includes intriguing organic sculptures, table lamps, fountains, and teapots.
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd.
DATES AND SHOW HOURS:
Thursday, April 14 (6-9 p.m.)
*Special Preview Benefit
Friday, April 15 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Saturday, April 16 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Sunday, April 17 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Become a member of the American Craft Council and get free admission to the show.
Purchase tickets online for $12 per person or $20 for a three-day pass.
**Special Friday night offer: $5 at 5! Starting at 5 p.m., admission is just $5 until the show closes at 8 p.m. Children 12 and under free.