For Immediate Release – Oct. 4, 2012
Joel Hertz, Owner/Operator
A Gathering of America’s Finest Artisans and Craftsmen
Marlborough, MA (2012) – Whether worn, displayed, admired, or used – authentic American handmade crafts celebrate over two centuries of artistic tradition. From October 26 through October 28, artisans dedicated to the preservation of these rich American craft practices will gather to showcase their talent and skill at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough at the 29 th annual Folk Art Festival of New England. This three-day event promises unique and authentic craft and art pieces created by some of the country’s best carvers, folk painters, and weavers using traditional materials such as wood, clay, textiles, and metal. Techniques passed down from artist to artist for hundreds of years will be on display by what could well be the last generation of credible historical artisans.
As was true of earlier generations, today’s craft art is often a family affair. This year’s exhibitors again include Marlene and Dan Coble of D R Coble & Company who use stencil, grain, and freehand painting to create stunning, one of a kind works. This gifted husband-wife team plan to preview their “Sons of Liberty” cupboard, inspired by events leading up to the American Revolution. Family Heirloom Weavers, family owned and operated, will present their woven reproductions of original designs from the 18 th and 19 th century, including ingrain carpets. Artists Kay and Bob Shaeff of Springhouse Peddler will be displaying Early American Redware. Among the other artist-couples exhibiting together at the festival are basket weaver Lisa Head and her husband, Schimmel-inspired carver Tom Head; Goodbook Folk Art creators Maurice “Mo” and Kelly Dallas; and Frank and Elaine Valletta of Appletree Creations.
The weekend event will also feature book signings by authors Ann Eckert Brown, Will Moses, Barbara Palmer, Claudia Hopf, and Pat Oxenford. Returning for his 23 rd year of exhibiting at the festival, is the talented Christopher Gurshin, well-known painter of old New England. He is joined by newcomer Kathleen Scranton of BeeZbyScranton introducing her unique vintage book purses and other folk art.
Also brand-new this year is the Historic Restoration section of the festival featuring contractors, decorators, millwork, flooring and other exhibitors dedicated to helping homeowners achieve the authentic look they want for their home.
For the third consecutive year, The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts will be the benefactor of proceeds from a special raffle held at the show. The raffle consists of exhibitor donated items, many of which are one-of-a-kind. These items will be paired with an original hand-painted puzzle piece, the symbol of autism, created by a child affected with autism.
Show admission: $8 for adults and free for children under 12
For more information and admission coupons visit FolkArtFestivalOfNewEngland.com .