The Bruce Museum’s 34th annual Outdoor Crafts Festival – May 18 and 19 – features more than 70 artists from all over the country, many of them new to the show. Fine contemporary crafts, including ceramics, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, wood kitchenware and furniture, glass and more, are all available for purchase. There will also be demonstrations, family craft activities and delicious food.
”This year, jewelry and wearables – for both adults and infants – will be particularly strong,” says Anne von Stuelpnagel, the museum’s director of exhibitions, who organizes the museum’s two annual outdoor festivals with festival director Sue Brown Gordon. “There are also a number of exhibitors who specialize in accessories, from fiber handbags to book purses to beaded bags.”
Among the featured artists are textile designer Mary Jaeger of Brooklyn; ceramicist Peter Jones of Camden, Maine; wildlife sculptor Peter Bowe of Stratford, Connecticut; raku artist James Brunelle of New Britain, Connecticut; weaver Tegan Frisino of Glen Falls, New York; jeweler Dawn Lombard of Milford, Pennsylvania; furniture maker Dylan Bartlett of Weston; and Jim Sprinkle of Charlottesville, Virginia, who creates functional decorative bowls and other vessels from exotic wood.
Admission to the festival, which is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, is $10, free to museum members and children under age 5. It includes museum entry. Visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum’s member program to receive free admission and many instant discounts both at the festival and in the Museum Store. The festival is held rain or shine. The museum is at 1 Museum Drive, off Steamboat Road. For more, call 203-869-0376 or visit brucemuseum.org.
— Georgette Gouveia