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Not only is October the birthday month of American Artist and Sculptor Frederick S. Remington, but it also officially marks the beginning of American Craft Week. From October 1st through the 10th all across the nation artist studios, galleries and non-profits are inviting the public to discover just how vibrant American craft is today. Craft is a long-standing American tradition and no matter where you live, you will find unique crafters throughout your community. The 10 day event is sponsored by Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), an association of galleries, shops, schools and artists that are dedicated to presenting work with one common characteristic – it’s handmade in the U.S.A.
American Craft contributes billions of dollars yearly to the nation’s economy and the balance of trade. “We are confident American Craft Week will help heighten the awareness of American Craft and the importance it has to our national economy and personal enrichment,” says Susie Wilber Top Dog at The Laughing Dog Gallery. Anyone can join in the celebration by promoting craft in their local area. The American Craft Week website offers a fun list of ideas to get involved and help promote craft, including an essay contest in which the winner will receive a $500 gift card to a gallery or studio of their choice. The website also lists a schedule of American Craft Week events by state. So, if you haven’t planned your weekend, check out the American Craft Week site and schedule your next artistic encounter!