Monday, June 04, 2012



The Contemporary Crafts Market will be returning as the West Coast’s premiere event for one-of-a-kind functional and decorative crafts June 8-10, 2012. The market will feature the distinctive works of over 250 of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and much more. 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 talent since its inception 27 years ago. 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.

Roy Helms, Contemporary Crafts Market founder, 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 gifts for friends and family.”

This year’s market will feature a number of artists who take a novel approach to the art of craft:

Susan Eastman’s Ruby Lee line is a collection of handmade wearable art scarves and wraps. Eastman combines drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and photography into her pieces. A fine artist residing in Oakland, California, her work can also be found at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art store.

Marianne Bernsen creates one-of-a-kind canvas floor cloths. Bernsen’s “art for the floor” is the perfect combination of good art and utility. All cloths are hemmed and mitered, painted and polyed to last a lifetime.

Alison Antelman creates handmade jewelry in organic shapes with a kaleidoscope of color from unusual semiprecious and precious stones set in materials such as sterling silver and 18k and 22k gold. Hollow forms allow pieces to be light and comfortable to wear, yet substantial for making a statement.

The Contemporary Crafts Market is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. in Santa Monica. 


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