Winterfair 36th Annual Fine Art and Fine Craft Fair

Returns with Holiday Gifts Made in American Studios

November 30–December 2, 2012

(Columbus, OH)—Winterfair, the 36th annual juried fair of fine art and fine craft by over 400 artists from across the United States, will be held November 30–December 2 at the Ohio Exposition Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. This artists’ market features ceramics, glass, wearable art, jewelry, sculpture, painting and photography. Discerning shoppers will find everything from a beautiful painting for their home to a wheel-thrown ceramic mixing bowl.

“We’re kicking off the holiday season with unique gifts handcrafted by artists from across the country,” commented Sharon Kokot, executive director of Ohio Designer Craftsmen, the organizers of the fair. “For just one weekend, Winterfair shoppers will find everything from a hand-carved wooden bowl to a leather purse, glass vase, or a pair of earrings not found anywhere else in the city.”

Among the 400 exhibitors from 33 states (including many from the central Ohio area) are a number of returning favorites along with many new artists. Galena artists Kim and Katherine McClelland have been exhibiting at Winterfair since its debut. The pair carve intricate designs in resin to create jewelry and objects for the home.  Among the new artists joining them this year are: Evangelia Philippides, a graphic artist from Columbus, designs colorful prints and holiday cards. Pennsylvania artist Samantha Freeman creates elegant, fine metal jewelry. Minnesota artist Joseph W. Becker’s blown glass sculptures are colorful and vibrant.

A gourmet Marketplace will offer artisanal jams and jellies, salsas and dips, and more, including fudge by the Cooks Pantry and tea by the Herbal Sage Tea Company.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen will be commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2013, and Winterfair visitors will get the chance to help us celebrate the occasion with a fun, hands-on event. Adults and children can embellish fabric squares with embroidery, fabric paint, found objects and more. The squares will be arranged on two large decorative banners, which will be hung in the Ohio Craft Museum during our anniversary year.

Area arts organizations, including the Guilded Lilies, Columbus Miniature Foundation and the Ohio Craft Museum, will be on hand to guide visitors in a variety of free hands-on projects using a variety of art forms and techniques.

Further information, including a complete directory of participating artists and images of the work, is available at www.winterfair.org. Proceeds from Winterfair support exhibitions and education programs of the Ohio Craft Museum. Hours are Friday, November 30, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 2, noon—5 p.m. Admission: $7; Ohio Designer Craftsmen members free; children 12 and under free. Free return admission.

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. ODC receives ongoing funding from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council and the Columbus Foundation. Membership is open to both artists and craft enthusiasts. For further information on ODC, see our website www.ohiocraft.org.