The Art Craft Building Annual Sale
We are so honored to be juried into the Art Craft Building Annual Sale on December 7-8th.
Here is what the CAN Journal wrote about it:
Artcraft Open Studio Show: Celebrating the Fine Craft of Downtown Studio Artist for 25 Years!
Artists have shared a co-operative studio on the 6th floor of the ArtCraft Building since 1987 when Cleveland Institute of Art graduates Andrea Serafino, Susan Weir, George Bowes, Dan Postotnik, Angelica Pozo and Susan Gallagher first shared the 5000 square feet of empty space. Although the co-operative studio artists have changed throughout the years, the annual ArtCraft Open Studio Show ihas continued and is now in its 25th year.
The seed of what became the ArtCraft Open Studio Show was the Bohemian Department Store, an event from 1981 held in artists’ studios in the Tower Press Building. This was a collection of Cleveland Institute of Art students, alumni and teachers who had a shared goal of creating their own kind of exhibition experience for both artist and patron. Out of this grew the Eat at Art’s exhibit at SPACES in 1982. The artists moved the sale as they changed studios before moving into ArtCraft in 1987, but they kept it on the first weekend of December.
The vision and purpose of the ArtCraft Open Studio Show has remained the same and is two-fold. It is an event for artists and craftsmen, at any stage of their career, to exhibit and sell handcrafted artwork, and an opportunity for art patrons to see affordable artwork often not exhibited in area galleries. An eclectic collection is gathered each year, from furniture to 24K gold jewelry, bold paintings to subtle handmade paper cards. But the focus is always fine craft that expresses the unique vision and talents of a studio artist.
The ArtCraft Building 6th Floor Co-op is currently shared by Barbara Chira, Linda Goldstone, Jennifer Liston Dykema, Diane Bjel, Janet Luken, Alan Mintz and Mark Yasenchack. This group of ceramic and installation artists, painters and educators share the small creative community of the co-op and are proud to be part of the growing community of Downtown artists. Just over 50 artists have called this floor their studio over the last 25 years, and while the residents have changed, the space and purpose have remained the same. The 6th Floor Studio is to the Cleveland art community what the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is to Hollywood. Without the continued support of our landlord, Bruce Madorsky, this studio would not have the life it has! Our fellow artists at Terra Vista Studios and Zygote Press, 1400 East 30th Street, Studio 401, open their studios up to invited artists for their Holiday Shows the same weekend as ArtCraft.