Felt and fiber work by Barbara Poole
Felt and fiber work by Barbara Poole

NEWBURY, N.H. -- Dazzling displays of exceptional fine craft by talented artisans, outstanding exhibits, and numerous demonstrations and hands-on workshops await visitors at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's 85th annual Craftsmen's Fair, held over nine days, from Saturday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 12, at Mount Sunapee Resort.

The state's premier summertime event -- considered one of the country's top fine-craft fairs -- is expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors who come to browse and shop for quality, one-of-a-kind crafts. Visitors can meet the makers, watch craft demonstrations, participate in make-and-take workshops, and find ideas for using fine craft in everyday life.

Earrings by Ritvalisa Ojanen
Earrings by Ritvalisa Ojanen
Live music adds to the festive atmosphere, along with the opportunity to sip a craft beer or glass of wine and enjoy delicious food.

Contemporary and traditional fine craft in all media will be represented, including intricate baskets, sparkling glassware, colorful ceramics and pottery, framed prints, vibrant folk art, impeccably made furniture, intricate quilts, jewelry and wearable art, such as hand-dyed silk scarves. The Next Generation tent features the work of young craftsmen (ages 12-19) who are mentored by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's juried members.

Free parking is available on site. A limited number of scooters are available to rent for persons with mobility issues; call in advance to reserve.


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A glass sculpture by Aron Leaman
A glass sculpture by Aron Leaman
Admission costs $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, veterans and active-duty military; $12 per person for groups of 20 or more (advance reservations encouraged); and free for children 12 and younger. For complete information, including tickets and videos showcasing craftsmen and their techniques, visit www.nhcrafts.org/ annual-craftsmens fair/<http://cd3.campaign dispatch.com/link.php?M=2011092&;N=5570&L=15881&F=H>.

Local crafters at the fair include Aron Leaman of Dracut (glass), Ritvalisa Ojanen of Tyngsboro (jewelry), Barbara Poole of Lowell (felt and fiber) and Aaron Slater of Lowell (glass).

Glass work by Aaron Slater
Glass work by Aaron Slater