Winterfair

36th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Fair

Opens for Holiday Shopping

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 29–December 1, 2013

(Covington, KY)— Winterfair, a juried fair of fine art and fine craft by over 200 artists from across the country, welcomes shoppers to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington November 29–December 1. The convention center is just over the Roebling Suspension Bridge from Cincinnati, an easy drive from both sides of the river.

Featuring ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting and photography, Winterfair is an artists’ market where discerning shoppers will find everything from a beautiful glass vase for their home to a hand-carved wooden bowl for salads or snacks. Items range in price from as little as $15 to several thousand dollars.

Artists will be selling directly to customers, offering shoppers the opportunity to meet the artists and learn about how the work was made. Columbus artist Kaname Takada makes functional and decorative ceramic platters, bowls and other items for the home, while Illinois artists Harry and B. J. Mackie create contemporary sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry featuring pearls, natural stones and exotic woods. Using premium hardwoods, Gary Keener of New Carlisle, Ohio, crafts fine furniture pieces, including tables, chairs, beds and cabinets.

“Winterfair is a great activity for families and out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving weekend,” commented Betty Talbott, artistic director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the organizers of the fair. “Visitors will find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on their shopping list while taking advantage of a unique shopping experience.”

A special section of booths will feature artists from Kentucky Crafted: The Market. A Marketplace section on the second floor will offer gourmet treats for purchase, such as 100% grass-fed cheese, Trail Bologna and summer sausage by Ohio Farm Direct, and dips, soups, rubs and muffin mixes by Heartland Herbs.

Further information with a complete directory of participating artists and images of the work is available at www.winterfair.org. Fair hours cater to early-bird shoppers: Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, December 1, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission: $7; children 12 and under are free. The convention center is a short walk from a number of fine restaurants and just minutes from Newport on the Levee, an entertainment complex featuring the Newport Aquarium, as well as restaurants and other entertainment outlets. For a minimal fee, patrons can take the South Bank Shuttle from the Convention Center to Newport, as well as into Cincinnati.

Winterfair is produced by Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of fine craft, and helping artists develop professional skills. Membership is open to both artists and craft enthusiasts. For further information, see our website www.ohiocraft.org. ODC receives funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation.