This weekend approximately ten thousand people will make their way to the St. Paul Rivercentre for the American Craft Council's annual exhibition. More than 240 artists will show off their wares, from jewelry and clothing to furniture and pottery. It's one of four shows the American Craft Council holds around the country - the others are in Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco.
Last summer the American Craft Council moved its headquarters from New York City to Northeast Minneapolis. In advance of this weekend's show we thought we'd check in with the Council to talk about the move, what it means for the Minnesota arts scene, and all things craft.
Today on Midmorning I spoke with the Executive Director of the American Craft Council, Chris Amundson, and Ann Pifer, owner of Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul. It was a lively conversation that highlighted the wealth of craft artists we have here in Minnesota - here's the audio:
I attended the show yesterday, I was so looking forward to seeing new and exciting arts. Instead most of what I saw was a lot of repeats of the same old thing. winter coats. Just because our winters are cold doesn't mean we want to continue to ware them in the spring. We need color.
It was just another dose of winter.
My advise to the artists from other states, we are not a bunch of hicks.