Leonardo Da Vinci & Don Quixote Come to Manchester Art & Craft Show
When autumn approaches, that’s when the craft festival season begins in earnest. The 23rd Annual Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival kicks off American Craft Week in Vermont. The Festival will be held October 3 to 5 at the Practice Tee on Route 7A, a mile and a half north of the new roundabout in downtown Manchester, Vt. The Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American Craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Craft show patrons demonstrate their love of these items by coming to the shows, meeting the artists, and buying handmade products.
The Manchester show features 150 artists and artisans displaying and selling traditional and contemporary crafts and original art as well as a specialty food tent. Exhibitors are housed in large Camelot tents, transformed into veritable cathedrals of creativity. While craft shopping, customers are delighted with culinary choices served by local restaurants and food trucks. Vermont craft beers are served to accompany the luncheon plates. Live music will be played here too. Besides savoring Vermont food and drink, there are many craft demos and a Vermont Cheese Tent. Two famous people will attend this year’s Festival. Leonardo Da Vinci will appear as a sculpture inside an 18-foot trailer. This piece has been created by one of Vermont’s most respected sculptors, Dennis Sparling. Joining Da Vinci will be Don Quixote in the form of a metal sculpture created by Chad Heise. Artist/sculptor Piper Strong of Hardwick brings a new creation, ‘Renewed Spirit,’ along with her interpretations of many classic paintings, and Aaron Brown, of Lyndeborough, N.H., his colorful three-section landscape metal sculpture. Hours are 10 to 5 daily, Friday through Sunday. Complete information is available at craftproducers.com or call 802-362 2100.