The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (FACNRV), joining more than 200 retailers and art institutions nationwide in celebration of American Craft Week, invites you to celebrate American Craft Week, running from Oct. 4 through 13 by participating in local events and activities throughout the area.
American Craft Week, now in its fourth year, is the annual coast-to-coast recognition of the makers, retailers, collectors and exhibitors of handmade craft. “We’re passionate about the exceptional value, enduring quality and cultural significance of handmade American craft,” says Diane Sulg, co-chair of the campaign. “In a society filled with machine-made things, we need to support the talented and dedicated people who create decorative and useful goods by hand.”
FACNRV supports American Craft Week because public awareness of the local crafts scene helps sustain jobs for artists and their businesses. There is a local return on that investment; in many towns, the arts help promote economic development and tourism.
Now is a great time to begin looking at items and objects around us, from the Stone Courthouse in downtown Pulaski to local and regional artists’ work represented at places like FACNRV’s Gift Shop and the Draper Mercantile. The Newbern Fall Festival and the Christiansburg Festival, just to name a few, continue on throughout the month of October.
In keeping with the news of American Craft Week, a popular class, ongoing Stained or Fused Glass Class, will begin again Monday, Oct. 14 from 7 – 9 p.m. Instructors will be Edna Love and Martha Biggar. The $65 fee for the course includes six nights of instruction and some materials. Other items will be available from the instructors. Students can choose either Stained or Fused Glass when they register. Students have the opportunity to participate in more advanced work as the course time progresses.
Call FACNRV Monday through Friday at 980-7363, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., for more information and to register for classes. The Center can be accessed through their website,
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For a complete list of American Craft Week public events taking place locally and nationwide, go to HYPERLINK “http://www.Americancraftweek.com” www.Americancraftweek.com.