Do you have a hard-to-impress person on your Christmas list who needs an absolutely original gift under the tree? The object of your quest may be waiting for you at the WinterArts showcase 2014.
Many of your favorite local artisans are at the WinterArts 2014 showcase, produced by the ArtWorks Foundation of Memphis. Yes, this is one of the South’s premier holiday artists’ markets, but Greg Belz, executive director of ArtWorks, explains that this extravaganza touches on much more than simply shopping. It is decidedly Southern, with an emphasis on supporting local artisans. Join us today as we share more about ArtWorks and its biggest event of the year, plus enjoy a sampling of the wonderful wares available at this year’s event.
What is ArtWorks?
The ArtWorks Foundation is a Memphis-based nonprofit focused on helping artists grow in their business. This foundation achieves its goals through programs, including exhibitions and public education. The WinterArts show is this organization’s longest running project, now in its sixth year! ArtWorks awards scholarships to area artists for advanced study workshops at schools for fine craft, such as the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and is working toward establishing an endowment to fund emergency relief grants designed to help area artists.
The 6th Annual WinterArts Showcase
Find handcrafted holiday gift ideas, all created by some of the region’s finest artists. See work crafted in glass, metal, wood, fiber and clay, plus jewelry and much more. WinterArts has functional art, as well as purely decorative pieces. Belz says the artists invited to participate in the show represent the highest level of skill and design ability in their medium, and the event favors local artists, as well as a few artists from other cities. “Artists from other Southern cities are invited in cases where a discipline is simply not practiced here (such as blown glass), or an artist of unapproachable accomplishment is willing to make the effort to join us,” he explains. WinterArts has welcomed up to 30 artisans in recent years, and this year they have grown to include 39!
WinterArts 2014 hours and location
Open daily through Christmas Eve, the show’s hours are Monday through Wednesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Besides offering later shopping hours on Friday evenings, WinterArts also uses the occasion to stage weekly receptions that provide an opportunity to meet and raise a toast to the artists who participate in the monthlong show.
WinterArts is located in The Shops of Saddle Creek (on the center’s north side, next door to J.Crew and facing the Apple Store).
Coming this spring, art2wear by ArtWorks
Stay tuned … Another of ArtWorks’ annual projects is art2wear! This is an expo of wearable art: handcrafted jewelry, apparel and accessories, featuring everything wearable from artisan-made hats to handcrafted hosiery, from tiaras to toe rings! Fine craft and fashion come together at art2wear, and these events will amp up again in spring 2015. Its schedule includes expo events in Memphis, as well as in neighboring Southern cities.
Watch StyleBlueprint Memphis Happenings for the local times and places of art2wear 2015, as well as innumerable other happenings you won’t want to miss!