Celebrating its 50th year as a showcase for unique, functional and decorative crafts, the Contemporary Crafts Market will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Friday through Sunday, Nov. 5 through 7.
This year’s market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 craft artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, and mixed-media creations, event organizers say. All items on display and for sale have been jury-selected for their high quality, they added.
Each 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, event organizers say.
Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, said he has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists 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 said. “This year is a special milestone, as we celebrate the art of craft and all of the artists who have made the show possible.”
Among the featured artists this year is Yumi Ueno, a Japanese artist who explores three dimensional geometric abstraction through her jewelry creations. Using memories of childhood fairy tales to create some of her pieces, Ueno applies precious and semiprecious stones as well as gold and silver.
Another featured artist is Giselle Shepatin, who creates hand-woven clothing using hand-dyed, exotic yarns from around the world. She uses a variety of colors and textures and creates items in fabrics such as cotton, silk, suede, linen, and velvet.
The Contemporary Crafts Market is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 5 through 7. Admission is $8 for adults and children under 12 are free.
Information, (310) 285-3655 or www.craftsource.org.