The 8th Annual New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival returns to Downtown Delray Beach December 27 & 28. With affordable crafts, functional art, unique gift items and live music everyone will enjoy this signature event that Supports the Arts, the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and the local economy! Easy to walk and shop, The Rickie Report knows you will enjoy this outdoor art gallery! Meet one of the artists, Marilyn Hodges, a nurse by day and wire jewelry designer by night. Here are some sneak peeks of her amazing wire work and details about this Show, including a Gift Guide!
Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s
Weekend Craft Festival
Saturday, December 27
Sunday, December 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 4th Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach
(North and south of Atlantic Avenue, spanning ½ mile of NE & SE 4th Avenues)
330 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Support the Arts, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and Local Economy
Free and open to the public
Downtown Delray Beach welcomes back it’s signature New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival December 27 – 28, 2014. Craft enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore the work of 150 of the finest crafters in the country and discover unique and affordable gift items priced to suit all budgets. The crafters will line their booths along N.E. & S.E. 4th Avenues, just north and south of Atlantic Boulevard in Downtown Delray Beach. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority. Admission is free and open to the public.
American Craft Endeavors, producer of this show, and Howard Alan Events bring many art and craft festivals to Downtown Delray Beach each year including the city’s signature Festival of the Arts which takes place in January and the Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival in addition to many craft shows at various locations around town.
- Juried outdoor craft showcase:Crafters hand-selected from hundreds of applicants
- Original crafts – Handmade in America
- Unique and affordable gift items
- 150 crafters from 30 different states
- Prices set to suit all budgets – ranging from as little as $3 to $3,000
- Meet the Artists! All crafters on site for duration of festival
- Unique hand made jewelry
- Folk art
- Personalized gifts
- Handmade clothing
- Beaded utensils
- Cork assemblage
- Fabric design
- Fiber arts
- Fused glass
- Personal accessories
- Handbags & accessories
- Handmade cards
- Stained glass
Meet Marilyn Hodges
Marilyn tells The Rickie Report, “I use 14kt gold filled wire. This is also known as jeweler’s wire. Some wire workers call it ‘rolled gold’, which it is not. Rolled gold contains much less gold than gold filled material. I use no electroplated wire in any of my pieces. I have customers that visit me at my booth to show me the bracelets they bought from me back in 1990! The silver I use is either sterling silver or Argentium silver. Argentium silver does not tarnish. Most of the pieces I create can be done in either gold or silver with the exception being the one-of-a-kind pieces. I am glad to work with you to meet your needs. People can feel free to contact me and lets discuss what you’re looking for. I’ll be glad to make it for you.”
This nurse by day and wire artist by night creates elegant wire wrapped pieces of jewelry! She relates, ” When the snow melted on the ski slopes of North Carolina, my late husband and I searched for some activity to occupy us for the 2 weeks we had scheduled to ski. We discovered gem stones in one of those ‘flume mine’ operations. And really really got hooked! My husband was entranced with the cutting and polishing and we purchased equipment.”
“I bought a book about making wire jewelry, to find some way to make the cut stones he was producing into something wearable. So, I am a self-taught artesian. I had never even seen any wirewrapped jewelry! I found the book in a gem shop while buying stones for my husband to cut. I took the finished products to work to show my co-workers the fruits of our new hobby and they loved it. So, I started giving out pieces of jewelry as gifts and thank you for jobs well done by my staff. Friends of my staff then started requesting I make them pieces and the hobby started getting expensive as the amount of wire I was going through had become significant. One thing led to another and I started doing art shows”. Over the years, Marilyn has won several awards for her jewelry.
For more information about Marilyn’s handmade jewelry, please visit:
About American Craft Endeavors:
American Craft Endeavors (ACE) produces some of the nation’s most exciting high-end juried craft shows in many of Florida’s vibrant downtown areas and popular tourist destinations including the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL), the Holiday Craft Festival on the Ocean (Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL), the Downtown Stuart Craft Fairs (Stuart, FL), the Siesta Fiesta Craft Festival (Sarasota, FL) and the Downtown Sarasota Craft Festivals (Sarasota, FL) among others. The group’s founders personally select unique, culture rich cities for their show locations providing a complete outdoor experience unmatched by other festivals. All crafters are hand-selected from hundreds of applicants in order to ensure a superior event featuring diverse art media and the highest quality of original handmade crafts.
For additional information on the 8th Annual Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival and other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, visit www.artfestival.com or call 561-746-6615.