The Contemporary Crafts Market featuring unique functional and decorative crafts will return to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 24th year Friday through Sunday, June 5th through 7th.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under 12.

This year’s crafts market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, and mixed-media creations, market organizers say. 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 artists for over two decades. Year after year, the market brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, while also allowing visitors to meet the artists behind the crafts.

Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, says he 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 for brightening a home or wardrobe for the summer.”

Amber Mahler, designer and maker of Mani Designs jewelry, is a Santa Monica native who attempts to create pieces that are distinctive, elegant and sophisticated.

Beverly Crist is another market participant who has dedicated herself to exploring low-fire, hand-built ceramics.

Craft makers Ken and Ingrid Hanson have worked together since their early college years and while they say traditional Italian and Swedish glass-blowing techniques inspire them, they employ an innovative color palette to create their contemporary art glass. They say that it is the intensity and unpredictability of hot glass that encourages constant change in their work.

The Hansons create brightly colored stripes and symbols by hand forming and melting glass into various shapes, and often include 24-karat gold and pure silver in many of their pieces.

Information on the crafts market, (310) 285-3655 or www.craftsource.org/.

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