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American Craft Week: Oct. 4-11

By Staff | Sep 29, 2014

In celebration of American Craft Week, Oct. 4-11, Craftworks, The Over the Mountain Studio Tour and Jefferson Arts Council join forces to offer a smorgasbord of hands-on craft activities as part of this week-long national celebration of makers and making. Visit Craftworks on Saturday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 11 to join in the celebration and get your hands into something new. All ages and abilities are welcome, and all activities are free. Donations are accepted to cover cost of materials as appropriate.

Highlights include Tree Basket Weaving with Anne Bowers, Letterboxing and letterbox stamp making with the Awesome Art Girls, Yarn Bombing with Yarnability, Gourd Art with Barbara Acker, Colored Pencil Dream Drawing with Tara Bell, Clay Pit Firing with Annette Verna and Joy Bridy, Environmental Public Art with Aaron Treher, Nest Sculpting with Annie Cropper, Collage Potluck with Rebecca Jones, fire pit Drum Circle with Tracy Seffers, and the closing Art Walk and Reception hosted by Jefferson Arts Council.

The Art Walk and Reception for the closing of American Craft Week will be Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m., and will start with a guided tour of the outdoor artworks on Craftworks’ trails, led by Linda Case, Craftworks founder and director. The Tour will include ‘Thoroughfare’ by Annie Cropper (installed early summer), Craftworks Resident Artist Aaron Treher’s in-process installation, and the newest installations created throughout the week as part of American Craft Week. A Campfire Reception will take place after the walking tour, including creative sweet and savory smores for young all ages, hot cider and an invitation to join in the Craftworks Drum Circle.

Please visit www.wvcraftworks.org for a schedule of offerings throughout the week.

Saturday, Oct. 4 events include :

Tree Weaving with Anne Bowers, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Over the Mountain Studio Tour founder)

Yarn Bombing with Yarnability Yarn Bombing Crew, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5 events include:

Letterboxing: stamp making and letterbox search with Awesome Art Girls and Beth Brent, 1-4 p.m. (Craftworks Community)

Colored Pencil Dream Drawings with Tara Bell, 1-4.p.m. (Over the Mountain Studio Tour member)

Tuesday, Oct. 7 events include:

Collage Potluck with Rebecca Jones, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Craftworks Drawing and Painting Community and Over the Mountain Studio Tour member)

Wednesday, Oct. 8 events include:

Gourd Art with Barbara Acker, 6-8pm (Over the Mountain Studio Tour new member) hosted by the Craftworks Girl Scouts Brownies and Daisies Troops

Saturday, Oct. 11 events include:

Clay Pit Firing, 9 a.m., with Annette Verna (Craftworks Clay Community) and Joy Bridy (Over the Mountain Studio Tour member and Craftworks Clay Community)

Environmental Public Art Workshop, 9 a.m., with Aaron Treher (Craftworks Resident Artist)

‘Thoroughfare’ Nest Sculpting, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Annie Cropper (Artist of Craftworks outdoor art installation ‘Thoroughfare’)

Art Walk and Reception, 5 p.m., hosted by Jefferson Arts Council

Drum Circle, 6:30 p.m., with Tracy Seffers (Craftworks Drum Circle Community)

For more information, please contact Joy Bridy at joybridy@yahoo.com or visit American Craft Week at Craftworks: wvcraftworks.org/event-1736254.