WinterArts is Back!

It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means! For the last 4 years, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been opening night for WinterArts – a consortium of local artists who sell and show their work in a holiday artists’ market. For the last three years, WinterArts has been in the same location – 2055 West Street in the Shops of Saddle Creek South in Germantown.

Today, the artists continue to set up their work and everything will be in place for the opening reception this Friday night, November 23rd from 5 PM to 9 PM. As usual, the wine will be free flowing and there will be plenty of sweet and savory snacks to enjoy. But best of all, the opening will showcase the best that Memphis has to offer in fine handcrafted art. And the artists will be on hand and available to talk about what inspires them! The media represented in the show includes all kinds of glass: handblown, kiln fired, fused and lampworked; wood, including handturned, segmented, carved and handbuilt furniture; jewelry of all kinds: precious stones, precious metal, polymer clay, ceramic and glass, ostrich eggs(!); clay in all manners of form, shape and sizes; metal both as jewelry and as home decor; fiber including knitted, sewn, dyed and handwoven, and of course there will be artists who paint and sculpt represented here as well.

This year’s  WinterArts’ artists include: Jen Winfrey•Dorothy Northern•Ansley Larsson•Sharron & Jim Barrett•Rick Cannon•Linda Livaudias•Lisa Mergen•Lisa Butts•Bryan Blankenship•Lisa Hudson•David Johnson•Linda Twist•Shove•IT Designs•Becky Ziemer•Thomas Spake•Beth Prussia Day•David Day•Angela Goza•Karen BottleCapps•Virginia Nuckolls•Cheryl Hazelton•Mary Lou Egger•Felcitas Sloves•Marian McKinney•Katie Dann•Chris Dalrymple•Briggette Lang•Nancie Roark •Cathy Talbot•Ron Olson & MORE! Most are local artists, but there are a few from Mississippi, Nashville and Chattanooga who were invited because of the high quality of their work.

My work is mostly set up as of today. And here is a teaser of my handwoven accessories that you will see at WinterArts.

Not to worry if you can’t be there for the opening reception. WinterArts will be open daily from November 24th through Christmas Eve. All the artists will continue to bring in new work every day throughout the month. All of us at WinterArts will look forward to seeing you and hope that you will come back again and again! WinterArts means that you will find affordable gifts by local artists, and it has become a premiere shopping destination for the holiday season.

Desperately Seeking High End Crafts in Memphis

 

WinterArts - Affordable Gifts by Local Artists

Living in the Bible Belt guarantees that each holiday season there will be a gazillion opportunities to attend “Arts and Crafts Bazaars” at a local church on any given Saturday between Halloween and Christmas. Few of these fairs are juried by committees with discerning eyes for fine craft. So by this time in November, local folks may get pretty tired of seeing yet another onesie proclaiming that it’s wearer is “Cute as a Button” or thin socks made in China, or wreaths and jewelry assembled from kits that were assembled in China. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But for those who expect a unique and finely made craft object produced by a maker who considers himself/herself a professional artist, and who produces his/her art locally, there is relief in sight.

In recent years, the craft holiday market in Memphis has been growing to include high end craft items created by local artists who have been doing this kind of work for years.  Previously, many have found greater success in selling their work outside of the area where the market for good quality craft products command more respect and in turn a higher price. For years, the high end holiday shows in this region have been commandeered by the fine art market, which locally is very fine indeed. However, little room was left for the many glass artists, wood workers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, printmakers and clay artists who live and work in the Memphis area.

This holiday season, there will be two shows that are fairly new to Memphis (this will be the second year for both shows) that will showcase the fine crafts of local artists. And of course everything will be available for sale at very reasonable prices. And yes, my handwoven scarves and my handbound books will be at both shows.  If you are in the Memphis area or plan to visit, please stop by. WinterArts will be open daily until December 24 and the Brooks Museum Artists Market will be a one day event on December 5. The Museum will be planning many special events on that day for shoppers and museum goers including a special holiday luncheon at their renowned “Brushmark” Restaurant. I hope to meet many of you there! More information is posted below.

WinterArts – Affordable Gifts by Local Artists.  The Shops of Saddle Creek South, West Street at Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38138.  Opening Reception is Friday, November 26, 2010, 5:30 – 9 PM.  Open daily from November 27 to December 24.  Works in glass, clay, wood, metal, fiber, jewelry, photography and paintings.

Brooks Museum Artists Market at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.  Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 11 AM – 5 PM.  Holiday bazaar presented by the Brooks Museum Gift Shop and representing local artists who also sell their work year round in the gift shop. Artists who will be there work in clay, wood, metal, jewelry, paper and fiber.