Artisans to get crafty at festival

Craftsmen of every variety are preparing to unite at the Bruce Museum’s 28th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19.

More than 80 artisans will gather for the event. Juried exhibitors specializing in ceramics, jewelry, wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts and glass, all available for purchase, will share their unique talents and crafts at this nationally recognized event.

The festival also features fun, educational activities for children, international cuisine and live music performances.

On Saturday, the main stage will host “a unique form of musical gumbo” by Bern McWain on guitar. Sunday’s main stage will feature the percussive rhythms of the band Ubuntu — crowd favorites from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. On both days beginning at 10 a.m., Ed Wright will play acoustic guitar and Annalisa Ewald will perform on classical guitar, sharing the release of her new album, Annalisa Ewald Live at the Factory Underground. Additionally, a recital by Sono Guitar Studio will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Lecture Gallery.

The Crafts Festival judges, including the esteemed jewelry teacher and author Rober Dancik and former Jim Henson Muppet creative and Darien Art Center teacher Heather Kahlert, will jury deserving artists vying for $2,500 in cash-prize awards.

In addition to presenting a wide price range, many exhibitors offer discounts for Bruce Museum members. At the festival, visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum for free admission and receive instant discounts both at the event and in the museum store.

The Outdoor Crafts Festival is held rain or shine on the Bruce Museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free to members, $8 for non-members and free for children under five.

Admission includes all festival activities plus entry to the Bruce Museum, which is open to the public during festival hours.

Visitors are asked to park on Museum Drive and Steamboat Road or in the Island Beach Parking lot near exit 3 off I-95. The museum is a short walk from MetroNorth’s Greenwich railroad station.

For information, visit brucemuseum.org, or call 203-869-0376.

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