The juried show will present 47 Vermont artisans exhibiting in the Weston Playhouse from 10 am to 5 pm all three days. New this year are a craft workshop for children 4 to 12 on Saturday, and a gala celebration featuring a live jazz band, wine and cheese, and door prizes Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Proceeds from the annual show benefit the preservation and maintenance of historic buildings donated to the community by earlier generations of Weston families. These buildings- the Farrar-Mansur Museum, the Old Mill Museum and Dam, and the Craft Building, together with the Village Green and the Playhouse, have earned the town’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 25 years, the Weston Craft Show has contributed $260,000 to preserve the town’s historic buildings.
In tribute to those visionary benefactors, the craft show turns its attention to a new generation this year. A children’s craft workshop will be held under a spacious tent on the Village Green from 10 am to 12 pm and from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday. All craft supplies will be provided. Parents must accompany the children. Projects will include hardbound photo albums or journals, decorating on fabric, and decorating wood and paper puzzle pieces. Adult supervisors will be on hand to help the children.
Also, the show has awarded a $1,100 grant to the Flood Brook School Art Program for a three-day artist-in-residence program at the school in November and a $500 grant to The Little School in Weston for its arts and crafts projects.
The Weston Craft Show has been designated a Top Ten Fall Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the third time this year. The show attracts visitors from out of state and throughout Vermont each year, and much effort is made to make attendance comfortable and informative. Free seminars this year include artisan Lisa Curry Mair describing “Working with the Artisan to Create Custom Craft Pieces,” and gallery owner Greg Worden discussing “Why American Craft?” Parking is free and ample, and lunch is available at the Craft Café on the lower level of the Playhouse.
Works on exhibit include wall art from photography to pictures made of layers of felt; baskets, quilts, jewelry, clothing and accessories, glass, ceramics, furniture, wooden carvings and sculpture; stone sand carving; ironwork; and folk art including paintings, canvas floorcloths and sculpted wool dolls.
For more information visit www.westoncraftshow.com.