Museum to host Craft Expo

Published 8:07 pm Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jewelry: A customer shops for handmade jewelry at last year’s craft expo at the Suffolk Museum last year. This year’s event will be held this Saturday.

Handmade jewelry, brightly colored stained glass, painted gourds and even alpaca wool scarves will be on sale at the second annual Fine Craft Expo at the Suffolk Museum this Saturday.

The Fine Craft Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 15-20 Suffolk and Hampton Roads artists and their wares.

“It’s a great way to support artists of this area,” said Linda Bunch, executive director of the Suffolk Art League. “It gives [people] an opportunity to purchase unique items for gifts or for themselves, rather than buying mass-produced items.”

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The show will feature all handmade goods, Bunch said.

“It’s all really good quality, fine craft, not mold cast,” she said. “It’s totally handmade. It’s really a fine craft show. There will be a great variety of things. There will be a very wide price range. All of it will be very affordable, and all of it will be high quality.”

The Suffolk Museum and the Art League look forward to hosting this show. Last year’s event was very successful, Bunch said. In fact, several of the artists who took part in the event last year will be retuning this year.

The Fine Craft Expo coincides with the closing reception for Winterim, which featured the work of members of the Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association. The closing event, from 2 to 4 p.m., will feature light refreshments and the awards ceremony for the show.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“It’s just a fun event to come out and see what’s out there. It’s a very social event,” Bunch said. “We do hope to continue this as an annual event. We are always looking for new folks to keep the show fresh and interesting.”