70 Works & MakersFest
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June 6-8, 2014
With exhibition running through July 26
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Center of American Craft
335 N. Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen may be turning 70, but its public programs and craft activities are operating at prime capacity. Celebrations during the birthday year will delight all ages.
“This year is an opportunity for us to celebrate our handmade legacy and dream about the next 70 years,” said Brandi Clark, executive director. “We’ve taught thousands of students and had the pleasure of watching seven decades of creative members develop their voices. In the next 70 years, we will continue our innovative programming and introduce new generations to the unique possibilities of the handmade.”
The Guild is the nation’s 7th largest craft membership organization and operates all of its programs from its new Center of American Craft in Lancaster. More than 14,000 people participated in craft activities at the Center in its first year—even though renovations are ongoing.
While the official birth date is June 2, a variety of special and changing activities begins this month and lasts throughout the year. New and continuing programs include:
-70 Works Exhibition (opens June 6): Featuring the top 70 works of master craftsmen. Opens on June 6 to July 26. Preview works.
-MakersFest (June 8) info: The 1st annual community street festival in downtown Lancaster celebrating the maker movement and all things craft. June 8, Lancaster. NEW in 2014. More than 50 craftsmen will fill the 300 block of N. Queen St., where the Guild has purchased their first home. It will also host food trucks, roving musicians, 3-D printing, kids' activities, and hands-on activities. Visitors will celebrate spring as well as the creativity and vision of craft makers. They can also tour the Center of American Craft, its newly renovated classrooms, store, and enjoy special birthday gallery exhibitions.
-Workshops: More than 100 fantastic classes for youths, adults and seniors—as well as emerging artists, craft enthusiasts, and master professionals.
-Demos: Monthly demonstrations that put you in touch with active craftspeople to see exactly how they do their work. Every First Friday and most Saturdays at the Guild Store at 335 N. Queen Street.
70th Birthday Bash: A weekend long party celebrating our 70th birthday with special events on First Friday, Saturday and of course on Sunday, the launch of our new Makers Fest! June 6, 7, 8
Honoring Craftsmen in their 70s: Guild members spend a lifetime pursuing their creativity and giving free rein to their curiosity. Come and see how they’ve evolved and what they’re making now! On display in our store, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, during June.
-7 Decades of Craft Excellence: fine craft display from the Guild’s archives over the decades. On display in our store, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, during October.