The Road Less Traveled: The Piedmont Craftsmen’s Craft Fair

November 16, 2009 at 3:37 am (The Road Less Traveled)

For Six Days in November, Winston-Salem, The City of the Arts, will feature  performances in music, theatre and dance.  living history at Old Salem, and dining experiences, all leading up to one of the nation’s premier craft events, The Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair.

“For goodness sakes, it’s in our blood,” said Event Coordinator Tomi Melson. “The Moravians set out to make this place a center of fine craftsmanship three centuries ago and did it.”

Now on a typical year, I do eight to ten craft shows a year. I have traveled from Florida to Las Vegas, and in my opinion, The Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair is by far the most beautiful show.                                   
Held annually since 1963 by Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., the fair showcases the handwork of more than 130 fine artisans from across the southeast. Exhibiting members are juried into the organization on the basis of  skill, professionalism, quality, and originality.
Two years ago, I was juried into Piedmont Craftsmen. Since then, I have participated in  the fair and exhibited my work at the gallery, which is located on North Trade Street.

Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery

Sadly, this year I will not be participating in the fair, but you can find some of my new work in the gallery. Also on exhibit in the gallery this month is Cindy Billingsley’s Endangered.


Cynthia Bilingsley Endangered

So, this is the week to take the road less traveled to Winston-Salem, The City of the Arts. The Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair runs Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 22nd, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center in Downtown Winston-Salem.


Piedmont Craftsmen Fair Preview Night


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