More than 250 nationally-recognized craft artists are expected to display and sell decorative, functional and wearable art at the 22nd Contemporary Crafts Market scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 8th through 10th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days and admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. Both on-site and beach parking are available with free shuttle service to the Civic Auditorium.
Among the items for sale are glassware, jewelry, ceramics, watercolors, silk and velvet garments, weavings, mixed media sculpture and wood furniture.
The Contemporary Crafts Market is held twice a year in Santa Monica and annually in San Francisco.
Artists are jury-selected based on creativity and quality, event coordinators said. All items in the show must be handmade and represented by the artist.
During the past two decades, the Contemporary Crafts Market has challenged America’s perception of handmade art as something out of the 1960s — home-spun, earthy and rough-hewn, market organizers said.
“During the last few years, we’ve noticed a steady and significant growth in both attendance and sales at the Contemporary Crafts Market and this is, in part, due to the level of quality and originality of the artists who are participating,” said Roy Helms, market founder. “This increase in attention demonstrates the public’s growing interest in handmade objects.
“We feel we have genuinely redefined the crafts genre as a unique, provocative and highly appreciated art form.”
Among the participating artists at the market are potter Whitney Smith and fabric designer Karren K. Brito, author of the book, Shibori, creating color and texture on silk.
Information, (310) 285-3655, r www.craftsource.org/.