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Chatham Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts Sept 15th

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In mid-September, the Chatham Area Artisan Guild (CAAG) will host the Chatham Area Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The event will feature more than 100 fine artisans and crafts folks from around the tri-state area displaying and selling their original creations. So mark your calendar for what’s sure to be a super creative and fun-filled day!

Although this is the first year, CAAG is planning on a very successful festival in hopes that it’s going to be a regular event in Chatham for years to come! Held in the parking area of the NJT Train Station in Chatham Borough, the area will be transformed into an open-air gallery with exhibits highlighting works of art in clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography.

Come hungry so you can enjoy all of the terrific specialty foods served by some of the best Chatham eateries. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of musical entertainers from around the local area. Although this event does not feature kid’s rides and games, there will be a “hands on” craft section for them to enjoy with lots of fun, finger foods. This event is juried and to qualify as an exhibitor your work must be top notch. As such, you’ll see some of the most beautiful, quality creations of craftsmanship on display!

Some of the Talented Exhibitors You Can Expect

One of the exhibitors participating is award-winning artist Lisa Budd who creates in watercolors and oils. Her work is well-known throughout the art community. If it’s one of a kind jewelry you are seeking, visit the Frugal Contessa who specializes in handcrafted artisan jewelry. She designs using Dichroic glass as well as PMC pieces and use gemstones, pearls, silver, gold, vermeil, Swarovski crystals, Venetian and Tibetan beads to create works of art. Each of her pieces is a labor of love.

Handbag designer Lorelei Burns from Noodle Alley creates her items from people’s personal material and items. Each bag from Noodle Alley has a story to tell. Some are made from a Chinese apron, a French ski sweater, a little boy’s bedspread, bark cloth from the 1950’s, a Japanese robe, a scrap of rug, an Indian table runner and more. She can create a handbag from your tired, your poor, and your leftover fabric yearning to be bags! See Lorelei to have her create a unique bag for you that may have a sentimental value as well.

When:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
September 15, 2013

Where:
NJT commuter rail station
30 Fairmont Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928

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