North Carolina Arts Council
After the pandemic forced the American Craft Council (ACC) to cancel its 2020 American Craft Show, in Atlanta, just two days before it was scheduled to begin, the ACC will host Atlanta/Southeast Craft Week LIVE in conjunction with an online Craft Week marketplace event later this month.
The ACC “is looking forward to our third Craft Week event, which features the Atlanta/Southeast region,” says Keona Tranby, director of marketing and communication. The ACC is a national nonprofit “working to keep the craft community connected, inspired, and thriving,” according to its website. “Our Craft Week events are an opportunity to shop online for local craft handmade in the region as well as discover new artists from across the country without leaving home,” Tranby says. Among the site’s offerings will be “In My Studio” videos; “How I Made It” time-lapse videos showing artists’ processes; curated, featured collections of products to shop; “Object Stories” that tell the special significance of a handmade piece and its artist, history, or origin; and an interactive map of craft in the region—"all designed to introduce you to the vibrant craft community in Atlanta/the Southeast,” Tranby says.
The online marketplace (September 20-26) will feature more than 200 artists, many from North Carolina.
In conjunction with Atlanta/Southeast Craft Week Online, on September 23-25 in Atlanta the ACC will present Craft Week LIVE: in-person experiences that celebrate craft tradition and innovation by makers who live in the Southeast. Craft Week LIVE’s centerpiece will be a pop-up, in Atlanta’s Buckhead Village, of one-of-a-kind production and installation works by leading craft practitioners from nine Southeastern states, chosen because they “evoke the cultural and stylistic diversity of contemporary craft.”
The pop-up will feature 13 North Carolina artists: Stormie Burns (ceramics and glass); Courtney Martin (ceramics); John Geci (glass); SarahBeth Post (glass); Laura Wood (jewelry); Adam Whitney (metal); Andrew Hayes (metal); Jim Cooper (metal); Thomas Campbell (metal); Elizabeth Brim (metal); Shane Fero (glass); Ellie Richards (wood); and Rachel Meginnes (textiles).
Visit the American Craft Council’s website to learn more.