Nov 22, 2013
07:29 AMStyle & Shopping
Brookfield Craft Center Launches Its Annual Holiday Sale of Art, Fine Crafts
The annual holiday sale is a big undertaking at Brookfield Craft Center (BCC), and its new directors rolled up their collective sleeves to demonstrate to the community, visitors and customers the organization’s continuing focus on fine craftsmanship. The 38th annual holiday sale will kicks off Friday, Nov. 22, with a celebratory artists’ reception and preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m.
“The board has been painting the gallery, and we’re just putting our finishing touches on,” said Joanne Hunter, one of its members. “We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of support, not only from the community but from new contacts we’ve developed."
Fairfield County Bank is sponsoring the opening reception. It will feature live music, refreshments and the first look at “some of the best hand-crafted art you have seen in years,” said Mrs. Hunter, who is serving as co-chairman of the event along with Nancy Farrell, another board member.
“[We] have had a ball searching for new and talented artisans to introduce while featuring our dearly loved favorites in this show.
The entire main gallery floor will be stocked for the sale. We’ll have everything from stocking stuffers to hand-crafted jewelry to woven textiles to major furniture to hanging art,” Ms. Hunter said.
“A lot of them are more or less exclusive to the center, as some of the emerging artists have not had their work at a nationally known craft center,” she added.
The participating artists include longtime favorites such as Jim Degan, who is known for his turned wood pieces, and Ed Gladstone, who creates wooden trains, castles and toy.
Returning artists include Romeo Glass, which creates gorgeous and functional blown glass pieces; BCC’s Mathew Parkinson, who will be for the first time at this show his beautiful furniture; local jeweler and BCC instructor Suzanne Pisano, who will offer fused glass jewelry.
“We are also proud to present emerging local artist Siovhan Hutchinson's stained glass, felted baby booties from Bumble Booties, and polymer clay jewelry from Jan Geisen, and we are also proud to introduce to our show the work of internationally recognized artist Vedat Gurtan, showcasing his metal wall sculpture,” Ms. Hunter said.
“The price points have changed so there is something for everyone on one’s list,” she added.