Contemporary Crafts Market Returns to San Francisco

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Supporting independent artists and craftspeople, the Contemporary Crafts Market offers jury-selected pieces to consumers at Fort Mason Center.

The Contemporary Crafts Market will be returning as the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts March 10-11, 2012. The market will feature the distinctive works of over 200 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, 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. 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, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, 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.”

A number of artists, whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including Yumi Ueno and Nancy Yturriaga Adams, can be seen at the upcoming show.

Yumi Ueno Art Jewelry + Metal:
Yumi Ueno’s designs are an exploration of three dimensional geometric abstraction. Using precious and semi-precious stones with silver and gold, Ueno’s work emphasizes the importance and beauty of color, pattern and texture. Ueno’s inspiration comes from her memories of reading fairytales as a child, resulting in whimsical pieces that evoke imagination and amusement.

Nancy Yturriaga Adams:
For over 40 years, Nancy Y Adams has studied the close and companionable relationships between flora and fauna of the natural world. Her work as a nationally recognized clay artist not only explores this interaction, but strives to celebrate it as well. Nature serves as a motif for much of Adams’ work, which brings a sense of calmness and perspective to each piece. Her newest series considers the Native American interpretation of animals and plant as personal totems in our everyday life.

This year’s market will also include the first ever CCM Wine Pour. This complimentary wine tasting will feature award-winning, handcrafted wines from San Francisco-based Eristavi Family Winery.

In keeping with the spirit of the Contemporary Crafts Market, winemaker Victor Eristavi passionately instills a unique combination of old-world, Georgian wine making craftsmanship and modern technologies to create his wine -- while capturing the essence of the distinct California grape varietals.

Guests are welcome to visit the tasting area and meet the winemaker in person to learn more about his world-class Zinfandel, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot blends. A number of other wine-fun activities will be held at the Wine Pour booth as well.

Contemporary Crafts Market
Fort Mason Center – Festival Pavilion
March 10-11, 2012
10a.m.-6p.m. Daily
Admission: $8, children 12 and under free

Contact: http://www.craftsource.org or call (415) 995-4925
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/contemporarycraftsmarket

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