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Guilford Art Center Welcomes 180 Contemporary Craft Artists to Guilford for Craft Expo 2018
Posted on April 6th, 2018

Guilford, CT – Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo will bring more than 180 nationally-recognized craft artists to the scenic and historic Guilford Green on July 13-15, 2018. This year marks the 61st anniversary of Craft Expo, which is Connecticut’s premier outdoor juried show of fine American craft. Artists from over 20 states will display and sell their high-quality, handmade work in a variety of media, including Clay, Glass, Leather, Metal and Non-Metal Jewelry, Wearable and Non-Wearable Fiber, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Soap and Wood. 
“The fact that we are celebrating 61 years as a successful event is a testament to the quality of the artists we bring in, as well as the support and appreciation of our wide community of supporters”, says Maureen Belden, Guilford Art Center Executive Director. “We’re excited to see the beautiful mix of traditional, cutting edge and innovative work from both established and emerging artists.”
In addition to fine craft, there are a variety of other activities that will interest and entertain attendees, including a Family Art Tent for young visitors, silent auction of exhibitor-donated work, live craft demonstrations by Guilford Art Center faculty and students, and sale of Guilford Art Center student work. Attendees can enjoy a snack or meal in the food truck area, which will also feature live musical entertainment throughout the weekend.
Craft Expo is the Guilford Art Center’s single most important fundraiser, providing proceeds that support all of its educational and community programming. It is also sponsored, in part, by Shore Publishing Newspapers, with additional support from WSHU Public Radio. 
Craft Expo 2018 hours: Friday, July 13, 12-8:30pm; Saturday, July 14, 10am-7pm; Sunday, July 15, 12-5pm.

Admission: Adults $9, Seniors $7, GAC Members, children under 12, and active military Free. Multi-day pass $15.
For more information, visit,, email, or call (203) 453-5947.
All images courtesy of the artist:

Metal Woven Cuff Bracelet by Margaret Aden
“Irish Bells” Wood Sculpture by Richard Nolan
Raku Textured Crackle White Stoneware Bowl by Tim Scull
Sterling Leafed Waterfall Necklace by Virginia Stevens
Blue Glass and Metal Sculpture by Maria Livrone
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

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