Area artisans featured at craftsmen fair

DERRY NEWS/File photoMichael Gibbons of Nutfield Pottery in East Derry in among a list of area artisans to be featured at this year's League of N.H. Craftsmen event at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. 

The League of N.H. Craftsmen hosts the 86th Annual Craftsmen’s Fair on Saturday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.

As the state’s premier summertime event, and one of the oldest craft fairs in the nation, there will be more than 25,000 visitors on hand to enjoy the work of hundreds of the League’s juried craftsmen, unique live demonstrations, one-of-a-kind crafts, innovative exhibitions, delicious food and live bands.

“This year it’s all about the new — exhibitions, workshops, bands and food, as well as inspiring crafts,” said Miriam Carter, executive director, League of N.H. Craftsmen. “This is more than a shopping experience, it’s an opportunity to explore the world of fine craft making. As a statewide arts organization and nonprofit, this is our yearly opportunity to celebrate our members and their extraordinary talent."

Some area artisans featured in this year's fair are: Christine Cornelius, Atkinson; Sarah Lynn Bohorquez, Chester; Claire Renaud, Donna Zils, and Michael Gibbons, Derry; Lisa DeMio, Hampstead; Michela Verani and Nurit Niskala of Londonderry; Joseph Godek, Pelham and John Ruggiero, Salem.  

Visitors can enjoy hands-on workshops, helping them experience first-hand what it’s like to create a piece of art. Fair attendees can also learn about unique craft techniques during daily demonstrations and see craftsmanship from the state’s young talent (ages 12-19) in the Next Generation tent, featuring the work of young craftsmen who are mentored by juried members of the League.

Contemporary and traditional fine art and craft will be represented at the Fair, including baskets, handblown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, framed original prints, metal sculptures, folk art, modern and traditional furniture, quilts, and wearable art and jewelry.

Those looking to relax can stroll the grounds and enjoy original music from local musicians. Visitors can also enjoy food offerings, including Thai, Southwestern and wood-fired pizza, as well as New Hampshire craft beer and wine.

Free parking is available on site.

Admission is $15 for adults; discounted rates for seniors, veterans, active duty military and large groups. Pets not allowed other than service animals. Children 12 and under are free. For information and tickets, visit nhcrafts.org/annual-craftsmens-fair.

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