New England Crafts Connoisseur

Online guide to contemporary crafts in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire



March 24-26, Paradise City Arts Festival Royal Plaza Trade Center, Rte. 20 (westbound), Marlborough. 800-511-9725. Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, ages 65+ $12, students $8, 3-day pass $16, ages 12 and under free. 175 juried exhibitors; “Birds of Paradise” exhibit of works by exhibitors; live music, sculpture café. 20th anniversary show. Free parking.

April 21-23, CraftBoston Spring Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. 617-266-1810.  Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, seniors $13, students (tickets good all weekend). Preview party “Makers in the Round”: April 20, 6-9 p.m., $150.

April 29-30, Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail Nine studios in Pioneer Valley towns of Pelham, Northfield, Amherst, Shelburne Falls, Greenfield. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Host studios and guest potters for a total of 22 participants. 10th annual event sponsored by Asparagus Valley Pottery Guild. Related event: “Pottery Trail After Hours Party: April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m.,  $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Held at Snow Farm, 5 Clary Rd., Williamsburg, Mass. (call 413-268-3101). Admission includes food, non-alcoholic beverages, kiln opening, pottery demonstrations; Lefty’s Brewing Co. beers extra.


At Society of Arts and Crafts 100 Pier 4, Suite 200, Boston. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. Free. Through March 30, “Archipomorphic,” sculptural ceramic figures by Timothy Ian Mitchell.  Through June 10, “Imagine Peace Now,” Boris Bally and other artists transform guns into useful objects such as jewelry and sculpture.

At Lexington Society of Arts and Crafts Parsons Gallery, 130 Waltham St., Lexington. 781-862-9696. Tues.-Fri. and Sun. noon-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Through April 2, annual Gallery Show & Sale by Polymer Clay/Beaders and Photography Guilds. April 8-23, “Hands at Play,” exhibit of work by Metalworkers and Weavers Guilds with reception April 9, 2-4 p.m., free and open to the public. April 29-May 14, “Freedom of Expression,” work by Ceramics and Painters guilds.

At Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. until 9 p.m. $10, seniors $8 and students $5, under 12 free; Thurs. 5-9 p.m., free to all. Through March 26, “John: Material Obsession.” Through April 18,  “Bartram’s Boxes Remix,” collaborative project between Center for Wood in Philadelphia and Bartram’s Garden, home of 18th-century explorer-botanist John Bartram. Through June 4, “Playa Made,” jewelry of “Burning Man.” Through June 25, “Cary Wolinsky: Fiber of Life”; “Living Traditions,” handwork of Plymouth CRAFT. Through Nov. 12, “What Remains,” wooden quilt sculptures of Laura Petrovich-Cheney.


Through March 24, “Setting the Standard” Craft Center Gallery, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen headquarters, 49 S. Main St., Concord. 603-224-3375. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Work by master craftsmen who jury prospective League members in 23 media categories.

Through April 1, “Sculpture Time!” New Hampshire Furniture Masters, 49 S. Main St., Concord. Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Expressions in wood by  eight members of Furniture Masters, among them Jon Brooks, Ted Blachly, Leah Woods, Jeffrey Cooper.


Through April 5, “Alumni & Fellows” Messler Gallery Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport. 207-594-5611. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Selection of work by alumni and studio fellows at the center, among them Judy Bonzi, Michael Danchak, Marcus Soto, Nils Berg, Libby Schrum, Eric Asche, Owain Harris. Next exhibit: April 28-May 31, “Current Student Work” by 9-month Comprehensive students/


At Guilford Art Center  411 Church St, Guilford. 203-453-5947. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m. Free admission. Through April 9, Photography Exhibit by Shoreline Arts Alliance IMAGES. April 13-15, “Designers Circus,” pop-up fashion sale. April 21-May 7, Gallery One Group Exhibition.

Events: through April

New England Crafts Connoisseur

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Potter James Guggina (right) exhibits at Paradise City Arts Festival in March in Marlborough, Mass.

Owain Harris’s cabinet on a stand is part of the “Alumni & Fellows” exhibit at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.