Contemporary Crafts Market Brings Distinctive Holiday Gifts to Santa Monica

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Supporting independent artists and craftspeople, the market offers jury-selected pieces to holiday shoppers at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

The Contemporary Crafts Market will be returning as the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts November 2-4, 2012. Just in time for the holidays, this year’s market will feature the distinctive works of over 240 of the nation’s finest artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their exceptional quality.

The Contemporary Crafts Market has been a showcase for burgeoning and established talent since its inception 27 years ago. Year after year, the market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind some of the nation’s finest crafts.

Roy Helms, founder of the Contemporary Crafts Market, has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists who have created a name for themselves and whose works can be found in national and international museums or galleries.

“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the finest craft pieces from across the United States,” Helms explains. “This year will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect gifts for friends and family.”

This year’s market will feature a number of artists who take novel approach to the art of craft, including:

Joseph Gatto has been making jewelry for over 60 years. He reuses or recycles precious metals, gold, silver and platinum together with antiques, or antiquities up to 3000 years old. He is a proud environmentalist and an advocate of objects made by hand by local crafts persons. http://www.wearartnow.com

Amy Faust creates finely crafted jewelry designs with an ecological consciousness, using transformed materials that are colorful, beautiful, and earth friendly. All of the pieces are fabricated from recycled sterling and fine silver and bezel set vintage glass that she hand cuts in her Oakland CA studio. http://www.amyfaust.com

Marne Ryan launched her career as a metal-smith and jeweler with this show 27 years ago, and it’s a pleasure to welcome her back to the market. Since 1976, Marne has been exploring, developing and teaching the process of making textures through heat. Patterns are created by fusing thin layers of silver, high karat gold, and platinum together in sheets to form fabrics of metal. This material is then made into hollowware, vessels and jewelry. http://www.marneryan.com

Susan Eastman's evolving collection of wearable art scarves and wraps are handmade one at a time. A mixed media artist, Eastman incorporates numerous influences--from street art to graphic design to nature--expressed through techniques such as hand dyeing, painting, block printing, collage, and free motion sewing. Eastman currently lives and works in a converted warehouse loft in Oakland, CA. http://www.susaneastman.com

With a successful career in Interior Design, Bette Hornstein (Betty Lynn) never lost her love for crafts. At age 8 she learned to knit and has now perfected her talent into hand knitted/felted ladies' handbags. Her passion to create inspires unique designs, from whimsical to sophisticated. http://www.bettylynnbags.com

The Contemporary Crafts Market is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, California, 90401.

Show hours are November 2, 3 and 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $8.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.

For additional information, please call 310.285.3655 or visit
http://www.craftsource.org; http://www.facebook.com/contemporarycraftsmarket; http://pinterest.com/totwotoo/contemporary-crafts-market-november/

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