Did Someone Say "Art Show"?

Last week I mentioned that I like to attend art shows. They are a terrific opportunity to uncover hidden gems. So it seems this week, if you are anything like me, is your week. There are some wonderful art shows taking place all over the country. Maybe it is that the art is inspired by the beauty of the season. It could also be that maybe art shows are popular this time of year because of possible holiday gift ideas. I really am not sure the reason why but who cares what the reason? It’s a lucky time of year for us.

If you have never been to a juried art event, I highly recommend that you make plans. These events feature regionally and sometimes nationally known artists in the art show community. The artists that apply are required to submit photos or examples of their works to an acceptance “jury” in order to get invited as an exhibitor. Everything the artist showcases must be original works. In almost every case, artists cannot have just a “sales” person at the booth but are required to be present as well. I love that fact that you can speak with the artist. You cannot imagine how much of an impact it will have on what you purchase when you get to meet the person that created it. Years ago, and we will not be discussing how many, I had an opportunity to meet one of my childhood heroes at a special artists’ reception. It was Chuck Jones. Every cartoon lover knows who Chuck Jones is and that he was the head animator and director of almost every Warner Brothers, Merry Melodies cartoon. The chance to buy a piece of art from the classic, “Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was heaven alone but to speak with Mr. Jones was a dream come true. He was generous enough take a photo with me and also wrote a personal note. Both framed with the artwork. It was a very personal connection for me to my childhood and meeting Mr. Jones along with hearing some stories about the productions was a fantastic experience I will never forget.

That personal connection is what these shows offer and what makes them so appealing to so many. The fact that you can speak with the artist gives you a better understanding of their work and maybe where the inspiration came from for him to produce. Imagine if when you paid a visit to an art museum filled with masterpieces, you could speak with the artist. How great would it be to speak with Michelangelo or DaVinci? Think of what you might ask or say given the chance. I for one would want to speak to Picasso for an explanation about certain pieces, lol. Anyway, I am not saying that you will meet the next Michelangelo at one of these shows, then again, you never know. I bet people who were alive at the time of Michelangelo, couldn’t imagine that he would become known as one of the greatest artists of all time.

As always, the events listed here are from all over the U.S. to be used as a guide to what is going on this week. Use the search box above to find things going on in your area. Get your “eye for art” out, grab a fellow art lover and get to an art event this week.  (And no cracks about why my childhood hero created cartoons, lol. It’s a tale of misspent youth).

Autumn Festival – An Arts and Crafts Affair

Nov 01, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

CenturyLink Center Omaha, NE US 68102

Since 1983, features a top quality arts and crafts show that attracts over 500 of the nation’s finest exhibitors from 30 states selling one-of-a-kind, handmade items. These exhibitors thrive on producing something new and different each year and offer works in Country, Contemporary, Traditional and Southwestern styles. Their wares range from handmade paper, metal sculptures, iron works, baskets, home décor, quilts, paintings, dolls, angels, bears, wearable art, jewelry, primitive crafts, furniture, folk art, toys, photography, florals, seasonal crafts and so much more. National and local entertainers perform continuously on a stage set in a fun, family atmosphere. Acts vary from folk and country singers, cloggers, bluegrass music, variety singers, stiltwalkers, jugglers and magicians, plus food is available.
33,000 Attendees

Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Nov 02, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Seville Square Pensacola, FL US 32501

Since 1973, The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the best-regarded, most popular arts festivals in the United States. The three-day, juried art show draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists. The Festival features great music on the Main Stage, dance and more on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage. The Children’s Stage features local performing arts, dance, and music groups. and authentic craftspeople in the Heritage Arts area. The festival celebrates our artisan history in the Heritage Arts Area, where local craft workers demonstrate traditional arts, crafts and trades, including blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and other skills. The Children’s Arts Festival features numerous free, hands-on artistic opportunities for kids. The Student Art Show showcases the talents of school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Some of Pensacola’s best-known restaurants will be onsite serving local favorite concessions, along with dozens of booths serving traditional festival fare.
125,000+ Attendees

Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts

Nov 03, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Downtown Litchfield Park Litchfield Park, AZ US 85340

Since 1971, The award winning Litchfield Park Festival of Arts rates as one of the oldest and most popular festivals in the Southwest. For two glorious days this historic resort community is transformed into a vibrant street scene filled with colorful art, lively music and irresistible aromas. Long known for the high quality of craftsmanship, beautiful landscapes, and laidback ambiance, the Festival attracts thousands of visitors, tourists, and art enthusiast from across the country. Featuring over 250 fine artists and craftsmen exhibiting a wide selection of original arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative, and contemporary to Native American, there is sure to be something for everyone.
85,000 Attendees

Peter Anderson Festival Arts and Crafts Festival

Nov 03, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

L and N Depot Ocean Springs, MS US 39564

Since 1979, Celebrated potter Peter Anderson is celebrated each year through the hundreds of potters, painters and craft makers that participate in this annual event. Bring the family and enjoy the pleasant surroundings and beautiful downtown. Over 350 juried arts and crafts exhibitors, over 20 food booths and entertainment.
65,000+ Attendees

Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Arts and Crafts Festival

Nov 02, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

South Carolina State Fairgrounds Columbia, SC US 29201

Since 1975, features original work from over 330 talented artists and craftspeople. All juried exhibitors work has been hand made by the exhibitors and must be their own original design and creation. See the creative process in action with several of our talented crafters and artists demonstrating their craft or art in their booths. Visit Christmas Tree Village to view the uniquely decorated Christmas Trees by some of our exhibitors. There is something for every taste and budget with items from the most contemporary to the most traditional.
35,000 Attendees

Christmas Craft Festival

Nov 02, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Seaport World Trade Center Boston Boston, MA US 02210

Since 1987, features over 350 artisans displaying and selling their wares, gourmet foods to sample and buy and a gingerbread house display and competition. Artisans from all over the country come to Boston for this premier holiday event to exhibit and sell their handcrafted items. From unique home accessories to one-of-a-kind holiday decorations, fanciful fashions, and gourmet foods, this wonderful variety of gifts will please everyone on your list.
42,000 Attendees

Renaissance Arts Faire

Nov 03, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Young Park Las Cruces, NM US 88001

Since 1972, featuring over 160 juried arts and crafts booths. Features artists working in painting, drawing-prints, photography, sculpture, toys, musical instruments, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass, leather and more. There are three distinct entertainment areas including the Main Stage, Royal Hall and Children’s Realm, plus entertainment throughout the park and lots of good food.
40,000+ Attendees

Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts

Nov 03, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Colonial Town Park Lake Mary, FL US 32746

Since 1987, The Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts brings more than 250 artists from around the world to exhibit and compete in this world class juried art show. Festival includes kids activities, live entertainment, specialty foods and drinks, a classic car show, children’s art displays and a free concert Saturday evening. Proceeds benefit college scholarship funds for graduating seniors from local high schools.
50,000 Attendees

Great Las Vegas Craft Festival

Nov 02, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Cashman Field Center Las Vegas, NV US 89101

Since 1983, this large juried arts and crafts show is filled with over 200 talented vendors and crafters selling their handcrafted works. You will find the best in original handmade crafts and a nice selection of fine artists. There will be exhibitors from over 10 Western States, with plenty of festival food and continuous live stage entertainment.
18,000 Attendees

Sacramento Arts Festival

Nov 02, 2012 – Nov 04, 2012

Sacramento Convention Center Sacramento, CA US 95814

Since 1997, the best ever in quality and variety, many of the artists who exhibit at such renowned events as the Sausalito Art Festival, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, also exhibit at the San Diego American Arts Festival. Juried fine art exhibitors offering over 15,000 original works. Every category of fine art and contemporary craft – including paintings, drawings, sculpture, printmaking, photography, clothing, jewelry, pottery, wood, mixed media, glass, metal and stone – is thoroughly represented by a variety of exhibitors. Several artists will also be demonstrating how they make their unique items, giving attendees an up-close and fun experience. In addition to all the visual art, the festival features main stage and strolling holiday entertainment.

Western North Carolina Pottery Festival

Nov 03, 2012

Downtown Dillsboro Dillsboro, NC US 28725

This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters demonstrating a variety of techniques. Come see why it’s become one of the top arts events in the mountains, attended annually by a few thousand aficionados of pottery. The fun actually begins a day earlier with the WNC Clay Olympics and the lighting of a wood-fired kiln. The kiln is opened Saturday at 2pm.

Maria can be reached directly at eventsblog@eventcrazy.com or visit her website at www.eventcrazy.com
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