Baltimore Annual Craft Show – Ice Can't Stop Art

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Friday was the day planned for our yearly craft show jaunt but Mom Nature had other ideas. Freezing rain, sleet, ice were forecast and the day started out like the forecasters predicted so we stayed home.

We could have gone. As often happens, the weather for the most part was a “non-event” in the Baltimore area. The media had reporters all over town and TV talking about how bad it would be, and they succeeded in spreading fear and doubt. Kind of reminds me of real estate and the media’s “doom and gloom” Gloom and Doom? Don't Believe It!  The hardworking artists lost many potential buyers because the media reported such bad weather that did not materialize.

Show Tote BagWe hope they made up for Friday's smaller crowds on Saturday and Sunday – I can say for sure that by Saturday afternoon the aisles of the massive Baltimore Convention Center were packed. So where was my head? Shoulda, coulda, but didn’t take along some laminated copies of last year’s blog They Gotta Live Somewhere to this year's ACC Craft Show. Most of last year’s artists were back again this year, and it would have been nice to pass them out to the artists that I featured in 2007. Just take a look at goodies in this year's spectacular show. Maybe next year I will remember to bring copies along and give them to the artists who were kind enough to allow us to take the photos. 

Like last year, going with a best friend makes it ever so special. Both of us are artists and both of us see beauty in things others may miss. We have a habit of saying “Oh look at that,” “You would like that,” and “Those are your colors!” Friends do that; they look out for the other more than for themselves.

Silk NecklaceSilkworms BoothWe both said we were not going to buy anything this year. Yeah right!! It didn't take me long to need one of the show tote bags. Just a few booths down the first row I found Susan Sanders of Alexandria, VA, and her "Silkworms." These very unusual necklaces are crafted of multiple silk strands and have a hand-made magnetic closure. Put it on and click, you're ready to go. Of course I had to have the one-of-a-kind in tones of brown with gold/bronze threads.

Keith LewisKeith Lewis EarringsA few booths on was Keith Lewis from Rifton, NY and his kinetic jewelry. My friend found a pair that combined carnelian stones with blue/green niobium and gold. One more package for the collection. http://keithlewisstudio.com/

Harriet Moss DesignsWhile she was choosing earrings, I was next door with Harriet Moss' Handcrafted Wearables from McLean, VA and her yummy hand woven and knit sweaters and jackets. Of course there was one in brown with my name on it! http://harrietmoss.com/home.php Harriet was a delight to talk with, and even helped us decide which pair of earrings looked best on my friend. Artists are special people. A special bond forms when you own a handmade piece by a fellow artisan.

Ring by Thomas TurnerAfter that flurry we kept our credit cards stashed and just enjoyed the show…for a while. We had to stop for several minutes and chat with Thomas Turner from Kalamazoo, MI who had a "to die for" ring that my friend fell in love with. An exquisite brilliant green tourmaline stone set in 18k gold, in a ring just her size. The price was also exquisite…maybe next year. But in the meantime Mr. Turner is going to make me an eyeglass holder from clear rubber rope – a fascinating material, just the sort of thing I've been looking for. It was neat watching him design this new item. I will have the cord in a week or a month, depending on his show schedule. http://www.thomasturnerjewelry.com/

Simpson New Mexico BowlsSimpson Green CraftJosh Simpson from Massachusetts was there and we had to stop, of course, since my friend is a great fan of his glass work. Last year she went home with one of his "Inhabited" vases, but this year we just looked. We didn't realize that he uses all recycled glass thus making his art "green." Just look at these exquisite bowls, vases, and plates. http://www.joshsimpson.com/

Swan BowlOther artists caught our attention for their creative use of materials. We’ve all seen bowls and mugs, but one artist had turned stoneware into birds – there were puffin mugs, a loon teapot, and what can you say about a double swan serving piece but "Oh, look at this!"

Judy Stone EnamelsJudy Stone from California had a booth filled with wonderful enamels but instead of the typical jewelry for the body, hers was jewelry for the home. I thought her enameled switch plates and outlet covers would make a great new-home gifts for a special client. http://www.jstoneenamels.com/.

Salad ServersAnd just to prove that we could see the practical in the beautiful – and also the potential for a neat gift – I brought home these salad servers that flip from flat-folded to springy for one-handed serving. http://www.woodspoon.com/

It was just what we both needed – a day away from the usual work and a recharge for the creative core.

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Audrey Hoffman
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Hated to miss this, was out of town.  Love that enameled switchplate and going to check out that site!

All the best,

Audrey 

Feb 25, 2008 10:02 AM #1
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Linda Scanlan
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Margaret - I LOVE that switchplate! What a way to dress up a room. Looks like a lot of fun was had and I'm going to check out the links. 

Feb 25, 2008 10:21 AM #2
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Audrey, I try never to miss this show! One of the best in the country. We only did a couple of rows. Lots more to see.

Linda, Thanks for stopping by. This was a wonderful day with a wonderful friend. Does it get any better!!

 

Feb 25, 2008 10:45 AM #3
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Joe Davis
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That switchplate was so neat!  You probably picked up a lot of ideas for staging.
Feb 25, 2008 10:51 AM #4
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Chris Tesch
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Sounds like Baltimore weather is like the rest of the news....certainly a non event!!!  Looks like you enjoyed the rest of it!!
Feb 25, 2008 11:08 AM #5
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Jim Fischetti
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Great post, and pictures.
Feb 25, 2008 11:10 AM #6
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Joe, There were lots of creative items and new ideas.

Chris, Yep a non event! Wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by.

Jim, Thanks for your kind words.

 

Feb 25, 2008 11:15 AM #7
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Margaret - I LOVE craft shows, and what great pictures you have of some really cool finds.  I love the blue in those glass pieces, and those salad servers look cool, too.  Sounds like you had a great time!

Ann

Feb 25, 2008 10:28 PM #8
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Dick Betts
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I hope this messages finds you well!  In one of my classes your name is brought up nationwide.  I talk about blogging and tell agents you have the right mix of material and do a super job at blogging.  So if you get strange hits from groups of people know there is a chance I did it.
Feb 26, 2008 12:45 AM #9
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Margaret - thanks for sharing the photos. Wish I'd been there with you! Blue glass that's green - neat! I, too, liked the switchplates.
Feb 26, 2008 10:06 AM #10
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Ann, You know that I love crafts and ....this is the best of the best! Josh Simpson's glass is awesome. Check out his website. The salad servers are a gift for a friend.

 

Dick, Thanks so much for your kind words. And thanks for the help with my TREO tonight. Drive safely on the road to Oklahoma.

Sharon, That was so neat to see the the "green" sign on Josh's blue glass. The switchplates were really special.

Feb 26, 2008 12:34 PM #11
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Lizette, That switchplate was really nice and I am glad that this one gives you some new ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

It is important to recognize the special things to do in your own "backyard".

Yesterday I was at the Baltilmore Science Center to see a wonderful and amazing show on the human body.

 

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