In its 30th consecutive year in Atlanta, the American Craft Council will present more than 230 artisans from across the United States at the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast. The 2019 show is at the Cobb Galleria Centre March 15-17.
“Our goal at the Council is to bring the best fine craft to Atlanta and to instill in our patrons a personal connection to the artisans who make it,” says Pamela Diamond, ACC’s director of marketing and communications. “The Atlanta show draws many of our audience’s favorite artists who return for multiple years, including South Fulton’s Wycliffe Bennett.”
Bennett, like many of his fellow fine craft artisans, spent his professional career in another field.
“I was devoted to providing a good life for my family,” Bennett notes, “but I didn’t forget my goal to be an artist and my Caribbean roots. I combined those two things after my career as a certified public accountant, and now I have the freedom to highlight my artistic side.”
Bennett joins more than 30 Georgia artists and popular programs in this fun-for-all-ages feature. Let’s Make includes craft organizations and slow-batch beverage, food and skin care companies. Mudfire Studio & Gallery, Rev Coffee, Dirty Beauty, Georgia Association of Woodturners, Silver River Center for Chair Caning, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance and others will offer demonstrations and tastings. Additional programs include Hip Pop for emerging artists that allow show patrons to discover and shop new crafts and School-to-Market, which bridges the gap between higher education and the marketplace by providing students a public venue for a curated exhibition of their work.
$12 advance tickets available at CraftCouncil.org/Atlanta.
Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway, $13; $5 after 5 pm Friday night (onsite only). American Craft Council members: free
Annual membership at the Show: $40