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Baltimore Craft Council Show To Feature Top Contemporary Craft Artists

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The American Craft Council Announced that more than 700 top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade works including jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor items at the 33rd annual American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, February 27-March 1, 2009 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Through a rigorous jury process, master artisans from across the country were selected to participate in the event as well as a select group of Canadian artists who will be exhibiting at an American Craft Council show for the first time. The largest, juried indoor craft show in the nation, The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore has something for everybody. In addition to aisle after aisle of one-of-a-kind items, special show features and categories include: CRAFT4KIDS: Artists will present their latest lines of clothing, furniture, toys, home décor and more designed especially for children. GREENCRAFT: Responding to contemporary issues, this category will feature artists incorporating recycled or found materials and eco-friendly techniques into their work. SEARCHLIGHT ARTISTS: Selected from the nation’s leading craft colleges, museums and residencies, 15 artists who have never exhibited at the show have been invited to present and sell their work in a stunning gallery space on the show floor. SCHOOL-TO-MARKET: To help bridge the gap between academic programs and the marketplace for sculptural and functional craft, the Council has invited crafts students of Virginia Commonwealth University and Savannah College of Art and Design to curate a section of their work. An unparalleled opportunity to see new work revealed for the first time in public. ALTCRAFT: The Council invited artists whose work illustrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning new handmade craft movement to apply to a special section of the show, and 15 have been selected through a rigorous jury process. The Council is proud to present a national stage for these artists who tend to exhibit at smaller, local craft shows. DEMO STAGE: Lively demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend. WHAT: The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore WHEN: Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1, 2009 HOURS: Friday, February 27 (10 am - 9 pm) Saturday, February 28 (10 am - 6 pm) Sunday, March 1 (10 am - 5 pm) WHERE: Baltimore Convention Center One West Pratt Street Baltimore, MD TICKETS: $14 per person, $20 for a two-day pass Free: Children under 12; American Craft Council members Tickets may be purchased online at www.craftcouncil.org/baltimore The AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL is a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Programs include the bimonthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, a leadership conference, the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards honoring excellence, workshops, seminars, and a research library.

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