if you would like to see a large collection of fantastic arts & crafts, the cobb galleria is holding the american craft council show (thursday march 10 thru sunday March 13). you can also get a sneak peak at what the show has to offer by attending the Preview Benefit Party on march 10, from 6-9pm.
more than 200 of the country’s leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work. This is the largest juried, indoor craft show in the southeast. the highest quality of handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home décor, and more, will be available for purchase.
the american craft council is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 by aileen osborn webb. the mission of the council is to champion the craft.
the a.c.c. has four main programs: a national craft show circuit, a magazine, an awards program, and educational initiatives including access to a world-class, on-site library.
as a membership organization, the council welcomes those with an interest in or curiosity about the crafts. many institutions and individuals belong to the council – not only artists, but teachers, scholars, collectors, gallery owners and professionals in several fields across the u.s. and abroad. this diversity is well represented in the council’s governance through its board of trustees elected annually by the members.
as a program of the american craft council, the library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on american craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. containing over 6,400 books, 7,000 exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, a substantial collection of artist files and an accompanying database, the library is also the repository of the council archives, including those of the american craft museum (1956-1990). while focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts.
also the council is sponsoring a show in duluth that starts today, march 8 and runs through may 21, 2011
We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art
Mar. 8 — May. 21
The Hudgens Center, Duluth, Georgia
The exhibit showcases works by Southern folk artists and potters, such as a collection of works by the historically significant North Georgia Meaders family. As well as potters( including Cheever, Arie and Lanier), Meaders face jugs on loan from Crocker. Works on loan from several local collections include such significant artists as Howard Finster and Minnie Evans as well as several ‘Memory Paintings’ from Georgia’s own Mattie Lou O’Kelley and Louisiana’s Clementine Hunter.
the american craft council also has a magazine that carries great articles on u.s. craftsman, artists, and designers.
“the american craft” celebrates the modern makers who shape the world around us. Presenting unknown innovators and artistic stalwarts, american craft connects the disparate worlds of art, industry, fashion, architecture and design, giving an entirely new voice to the craft community.
the magazine originated in 1941 as craft horizons, the title changed to AMERICAN CRAFT in 1979 and has been continuous publication since the 1940s.
galleries are major advertisers in the magazine, creating a vivid picture of the marketplace. leading education centers also advertise in AMERICAN CRAFT.
a benefit of membership in the council, AMERICAN CRAFT enjoys a broad readership, and is available in many school and public libraries as well as on newsstands.
this upcoming show, here in atlanta, sounds like fun! i will be attending on friday, march 11, with several area interior designers and interior designer educators. hopefully this article has sparked your interest in the show, the american craft council, and if you see me there please come up and say hello!
for ticket info go to the american craft council website: www.craftcouncil.org