The Brookline Arts Center Seeks Artists for the 31st Annual Crafts
For 30 years, the Brookline Arts Center has hosted a holiday sale of
fine crafts, gifts and art in December. The Crafts Showcase features
approximately 100 artists from around the country, with an emphasis
on New England craftspeople. This annual fundraiser serves to support
both new, young craftspeople as well as traditional artisans, by
bringing their work to a new audience during the important holiday
The 31st annual Crafts Showcase is planned for December 1 to Dec.
18, 2005. A jury of artists, curators and collectors will meet select
artists in June, and new artists are being sought now by the
Brookline Arts Center and the Crafts Showcase organizers.
“We have a very faithful audience that come to shop and buy at the
Crafts Showcase every year. They know that we will bring them
exciting new design by ultra-talented artists from around the
country,” says Gail Rice, the designer for Crafts Showcase since
2002. “This spring we will be busy searching for the artisans that
are the next big thing.”
The Brookline Arts Center was founded 41 years ago, and offers
affordable art classes for adults and children, along with gallery
exhibitions of contemporary art, gallery talks, and special events
with regional artists. In addition, the BAC provides free art classes
and scholarships for low-income students. The Brookline Arts Center
is housed in an historic Victorian firehouse that was transformed
into studio classrooms in 1967, one of the first instances of reuse
of a municipal building for the arts. The Crafts Showcase is the
BAC=B9s most important annual fundraiser.
The programs of the Brookline Arts Center are sponsored in part by
the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Brookline Commission for the
Arts and the Brookline Community Fund.
Susan L. Navarre