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CraftArt 2002 Festival

Popular Artists Return to Sixth Annual Event • October 26-27, 2002

Visitors to CraftArt 2002 in Plant Park at the University of Tampa campus in downtown Tampa should be prepared to witness incredible two and three-dimensional works, both sculptural and functional, in fine craft media such as clay, wood, fiber, metal, jewelry, glass and mixed media.

Many award winning artists will be returning from the 2001 CraftArt Festival, including cloisonné enamellist jeweler Kristin Holeman, whose work is in such demand she has been known to “sell out” the first day!

The festival also welcomes back Grisel Rivera Hernandez, a ceramic artist from Cuba – this year bringing her hand-painted ceramic wall platters and another ceramic artist from Cuba, also an exhibitor.

CraftArt will also be welcoming many new faces this year exhibiting exciting work such as contemporary handcrafted furniture, wooden kitchen tools and accessories, incredibly detailed leather handbags, exquisite basketry, and collectible ceramic sculpture. Visitors will be most surprised to find so many luxurious yet affordable items for the home or gift-giving.

The CraftArt donation admission fee of $3 is guaranteed to provide visitors with a full day of meeting these extraordinary artists, possibly making some purchases, enjoying the demonstration tent and learning about new and traditional craft forms as well as enjoying the beauty and quaintness of Plant Park. Students and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

In addition, the Tampa Museum of Art, located directly across the river to the East of the CraftArt festival, will be offering one FREE admission with every paid admission on Saturday and Sunday with a CraftArt receipt or postcard invitation.

Courtesy of HARTLINE, free shuttle buses will be running both days from pick-up points next to the Tampa Museum on Ashley Drive, conveniently transporting visitors to the festival in Plant Park just across the bridge. There is ample parking in various lots along Ashley Street where visitors can leave their car to pick up the shuttle. There are also free lots just south of the park.

Major sponsors for the CraftArt Festival include: The Tampa Tribune, 107.3 The Bay, The Arts Council of Hillsborough County, TARGET and HARTLINE Additional sponsors include: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Mercantile Bank, R.R. Simmons Construction Corporation, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Inc., Raymond James Financial, David Ramsey, Bank of America, WSJT Fox 13 TV, and Team Touch Massage Therapists.

The CraftArt festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about CraftArt, please contact the show organizers, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, in St. Petersburg (727) 821-7391.

Crafts Have Huge Economic Impact

Professional fine craft artists, like those featured at CraftArt, are part of a huge industry that has proven an economic impact of $13.8 billion a year, according to the Craft Organization Directors Association (CODA), a group supporting the work of craft administration professionals.

These statistics were compiled in 2001 as part of the CODA Survey : The Impact of Craft on the National Economy.

2002 Show Highlights

New craft artists and old favorites return to the CraftArt 2002 show.

More New Artists

More new artists will be joining those crafts people who have exhibited in past shows.

Awards and Prizes

More than $20,000 in awards will be given to CraftArt Festival participants.

New: Emerging Artists Program

Five students from the Tampa Bay area will exhibit in an Emerging Artist category.

Artist Demonstrations

Lectures, demonstrations, and hands on activities will be available in the CraftAft 2002 Festival demonstration tent.

2001 CraftArt Festival a Success

Cool wearther and happy buyers made Fifth Annual CraftArt 2001 Festival a hit with artists.

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