Each year American Craft Week, the premier public celebration of handmade craft in America in all 50 states, awards Star Winners in various categories. This year’s “Top Event of 2014’ winner was awarded to “Vermont Celebrates American Craft Week.” This was a group award and it included special designation to the State of Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing; Vermont Crafts Council, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Brandon, VT and the Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Vermont.
This year’s 5th Annual American Craft Week celebration was held Oct 3-12 in cities and towns across the nation. Every state participated with hundreds of diverse events at galleries artist studios, museums, schools, as well as fairs and festivals.
Other event winners from across the country included: Most Innovative Event Concept – Flow, Marshall, NC for “ Synesthesia: Ineffable Pairings of Scent & Cloth”; Ultimate Group Celebration – Spinzilla, ACW’s First Nationwide Event; ; Ultimate Group Celebration - Spinzilla at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Top Social Media Campaign – Blue Pomegranate, Omaha, NE; The Perfect ACW Theme Display – Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC; Outstanding Charity Event – Appalachian Spring, Washington, DC ; Outstanding Family Event – Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Ketchum, ID; Most Energizing Advocate – Alexis Moyer, Mendocino County, CA; Most Energizing Advocate – Artisan Hand Craft Gallery, Montpelier, VT; Most Informative Speaker at an ACW Event – Sherri Smith, “Invoking Art as Business” Virginia Beach, VA; Best Collaborative Event – Akron Glassworks and Zeber-Martell Clay Studio, Akron, OH; Best Up-cycled Artwork, Red Silo, Fargo, ND; Best Promotional Materials – Zeber-Martell Gallery, Akron, OH; Best Local Artists’ Event – Splash, Cape May, NJ; Best Local Artists’ Event – Artisan Gift Shop & Gallery @ Penn’s Place, New Castle, DE; Best Local Artists’ Event – Full Moon Artists, Walhalla, SC; Exceptional Non-profit Participant – Carlisle Arts Center, Carlisle, PA; Exceptional Non-profit Participant – La Quinta Arts Foundation, La Quinta, CA; Exceptional Sponsor – Tammy Knight, Maine Made, Augusta, ME; Exceptional Sponsor – Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC; Exceptional Sponsor Collaboration – Virginia Tourism Commission, Artisans Center of Virginia and Round the Mountain in SW Virginia.
American Craft Week is a program of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of American craft. For more information, visit http://www.Americancraftweek.com