Winterfair Cincinnati 2011

34th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Fair Returns with Holiday Gifts Made in American Studios
November 25–27, 2011

(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 25–27. 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. Indiana artist G. M. LeSeure creates elegant, fine metal jewelry, while Washington artist Mary Sly’s vivid silk designs are hand painted. Ohio artist John Boyett’s blown glass vessels are whimsical and brightly colored, and Mark Nafziger, also of Ohio, makes functional ceramic platters, pitchers and other items for the home.

“We’re kicking off the holiday season with unique gifts handcrafted by artists from across the country,” commented Betty Talbott, artistic director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the organizers of the fair. “For just one weekend, Winterfair shoppers will find everything from a ceramic mixing bowl to a leather purse, silk jacket, or a pair of earrings not found anywhere else.”

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 salsa and wing sauce by Fatty and Skinny Brand Sauces and Salsa, and lotion bars, bath bombs and lip balms by Ascent Handmade Gourmet Soaps.

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 25, and Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, November 27, 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.