Artists, patrons interact at League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
By MEGHAN PIERCE
Sunday News Correspondent | August 02. 2014 10:04PM
Peterborough artist Lulu Fichter talks pottery while giving a demonstration of her craft at the 81st annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair in Newbury on Saturday. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
It's a nine-day show so you have to be ready for the long haul, craftsman Steven Hayden of Meredith said.
"The overall experience of the craftsmen's fair has been wonderful both as an artist as well as someone who enjoys the fair," Hayden said. "The most important thing is we get to meet our loyal patrons on a one-on-one basis and people get to meet us and share our stories and find out how we make it."
"What's fun about the first day is seeing a lot of the same faces we've seen over the years," Hayden said, and seeing their reaction to new work. "That's what's really nice about this fair is that it brings out so many people that know and love what I do."
Fairgoer Annette Sanford of Amherst said it's amazing to return year after year and see the evolution of her favorite artists.
It wouldn't be a trip to the craftsmen's fair for Kathe Lewis of Portsmouth without a visit with Jim Lambert and his new work.
"I have a number of Jim's pieces," she said.
"It's funny and people relate to it," Lambert said.
"It's always great to get people's reactions to your work." Lambert said.
From jewelry to furniture, baskets to sculpture, glass art to fiber arts, the diversity in crafts is vast.