The Rickie Report attended the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show at the Palm Beach Convention Center and was thrilled to see so many wonderful artists. In addition to the expected glass, jewelry, ceramic, and clothing artists, we were happy to find some who pushed the limits of expectation. Read more in this article and next year – mark your calendars!
10th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show a Smashing Success!
Crafts America Reports Large Crowds, Robust Sales all Weekend
With titans of industry and other prominent full- and part-time Palm Beachers lining up to add to their art collections or find something new for their wardrobes, the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show’s tenth season was a flurry of activity.
Luminaries attending the show included former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, who added glass from Scott Amrhein to his collection; Magellan Group chairman Robert G. Fessler, who went home with a kinetic sculpture by Gary Traczyk and took delivery of two large glass sculptures by Stephan Cox at his home in Manalapan Monday morning; and Kathleen DuRoss Ford, who added several art objects, jewelry and wearable art to her collection.
Not every sale was in the tens of thousands of dollars however, and not everyone attending the show was a millionaire or billionaire, with nearly every one of the 125 artists at the show reported strong sales in every category and at every price point.
Attendance at the show was strong all three days, with a steady line at the box office and sales being completed from minutes after the doors opened on Friday until closing time on Sunday.
FASHION SHOWS WELL RECEIVED
Fashion shows on Friday and Saturday were a big hit again this year, with standing-room-only crowds on both Friday and Saturday. Three models, with hair and makeup courtesy of Colorist Hair Studio & Spa in Palm Beach, looked fabulous as they walked the runway showing the latest creations in wearable art, jewelry and accessories from nearly three-dozen of the show’s artists.
The artists whose work was included in the fashion shows reported a surge of activity minutes after the models took their last stroll down the catwalk each day, with wearable art, jewelry and handbags selling at a rapid clip to fashion show attendees, who took notes and circled names and booth numbers when something caught their eye.
A sculpture garden decorated the entry to the show floor, with large works by Stephan Cox, John Mowen, Matthew Fine, and Kirsten Stingle surrounded by a dazzling display of native plants and flowers, courtesy of Quinntessence Nursery in Loxahatchee, FL. Stingle’s large piece, priced at $8,000, sold on Sunday and is being shipped to a home in Boston this week. Stephan Cox anticipates closing a sale on his large pieces, priced at $60,000, in the coming days.
2013 AWARD WINNERS
Award judges for this year’s show were Dale Anderson, collector & fine craft advocate; and Betty Wilson, owner/Director Craft Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL. The judges singled out the following artists for special recognition:
BEST IN SHOW:
Paveen Chunhaswasdikul (BEER’S POTTERY) Gadsden, AL. Award sponsor, anonymous.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN GLASS:
Scott Amrhein, Sherwood, WI. Award sponsor, Florida Glass Art Alliance.
Marjolaine Arsenault (wearable art), Chestertown, NY. Award sponsors, Dale and Doug Anderson, collectors, fine craft advocates; Craft Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL; Paul Fisher Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL.
NEXT UP: WASHINGTON, DC
Crafts America’s next show is in Washington, DC November 1- 3, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center (www.WashingtonCraftShow.com). The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show (PalmBeachFineCraftShow.com) returns to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 28-March 2, 2014.
Artists wishing to apply to the Washington show must submit their applications by April 1, 2013. Visit www.JuriedArtServices.com to download an application. The application process for Palm Beach will begin soon, and an announcement will be posted online. For more information, contact Bill Underwood at 561-267-2632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.