by Kate Nixon
Since June is kicking off 2022 Summer season, outdoor activities will pop up across the country — and if you’re going to leave the house into the summer hear, you might as well go searching for the next addition to your home decor. The last weekend in June looks to be a particularly busy weekend in East Aurora with three shows happening in tandem, so enthusiasts in the East Aurora area will have their pick of shows to shop. In the meantime, June is a great month to search out community art fairs and shows to support local artists and craftsfirms — and cities from Asheville to Denver to East Aurora have just the events to get you out of the house for a few hours and mingling with patrons of the country’s best handcrafters.
Pop-up Mini Fair at the Folk Art Center
June 4th, 2022, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC
June 11th – Clay Day! 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
On June 4th, supporters of the arts can take part in an outdoor art and craft fair. In the lower level parking lot of the Folk Art Center, members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will have an opportunity to share their creative efforts with the public in an outdoor carefully-spaced layout. Visitors can shop for a variety of fine craft of different disciplines: bladesmithing, glassblowing, wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodturning, metalsmithing, leatherwork, and furniture making. The public will get to see beautiful craftwork in a fun, casual setting while Guild members have an opportunity to find new homes for their pieces. Make sure customers plan your time wisely – Asheville Art in the Park will have the first of their three Saturday shows starting June 4th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
On June 11th, Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests. Watch live demonstrations of wheel-throwing, hand-building, surface design, and many other clay techniques.
9th Annual Park Hill Arts Festival
June 4th and 5th, 2022, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Park Hill Masonic Lodge grounds, 4819 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80207
This is a 9th year outdoor juried fine art/fine craft show that will once again be presented on the grounds of the Park Hill Masonic lodge located on Montview Blvd between Dahlia and Eudora street. Featuring artists creating paintings, Sculpture, Metal, Glass, Printmaking/Drawing, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Wood, Fiber and Photography.
We will be broadcasting a Live Stream to the over 5,700 followers on our Park Hill Art Festival Facebook Page all weekend long, including once per day from your booth!
CNY Fiber Arts Festival
June 11 – 12, 2022, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Butternut Hill Campground (Bouckville, NY)
$6.00 general admission. $10 for a weekend pass.
The weekend of June 11th – 12th will provide plenty of activity for fiber artists living in central New York as the CNY Fiber Arts Festival starts June 11th and runs through the 12th. Featuring homespun and hand-dyed yarn, fabrics, and finished decorative art works to clothing, and handmade wooden fiber tools, pottery and antique tools, there will be a range of products for purchase will a full 120 booths. Guilds and vendors will offer demonstrations of spinning, weaving and felting and the Viv Fulton Memorial Weaving Competition will return during this in-person event. The festival will also include free guest lectures including master weaver Rabbit Goody presenting on “Textiles in History” and four fiber arts workshops. Click here to see the list of workshops. Lastly, the festival will include a raffle for the first time for prizes like a spinning wheel, a beech hardwood heddle loom, and smaller handmade items. Tickets for the raffle are $1.00 a piece and can be purchased at the office.
The Roycroft Summer Festival
June 25th – 26th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Classic Rink (41 Riley St., East Aurora, NY)
$5.00 general admission. Cash only.
The Roycrofters-At-Large Association will return to East Aurora’s Classic Rink with their Summer Festival on June 25th and 26th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Featuring a show with juried artists (both Roycroft artisans and non-Roycroft artisans) and local food trucks, the show is open to the general public for a $5.00 admission price. The Summer Festival is one of two annual shows the Roycrofters have during the year; last year’s Summer Festival marked the first in-person outdoor show for many collectors in 2021 since most events were either cancelled or virtual. The 2021 Summer Festival brought more than 1,500 collectors and enthusiasts to the Classic Rink, excited to view, handle and buy works; all artisans were happy to report above average sales and buying enthusiasm at an all-time high.
Since June is sure to bring some summer heat, visitors will be thrilled to know that the Classic Rink, located at 41 Riley St, in East Aurora, provides a partially protected/shaded venue for artists and customers in both rain and shine. For artists seeking to take part in one or both of the shows, the application can be downloaded here or by contacting the RALA office via email ([email protected]) or by phone (716-566-7252). Only artists making original craft or art, made by hand, or with the appropriate tools, by the artisan is eligible to be in the shows.
Roycroft Campus Art & Antique Show
June 25th & 26th, 2022, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Roycroft Campus
31 South Grove St., East Aurora, NY
Meanwhile, the historic Roycroft Campus of East Aurora will hold their largest show of the year, the summer Art and Antique Show, on their own campus grounds. The event features artwork from a variety of fine arts and craft vendors, antique dealers and community groups. Live entertainment is featured both afternoons.
For more information, please visit the Roycroft Campus website by clicking here.
Upcoming events in July: