October 23, 2012
The 36th Herkimer County Arts and Crafts Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11 at Herkimer County Community College. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The fair is known for featuring creative vendors who offer high-quality, fine art and unique products. This year’s vendors will offer photography, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods and more.
The fair is a juried show, allowing exhibitors to submit their work in several categories to earn first place and honorable mention recognition. This ensures that patrons can view and purchase original, high quality crafts and artwork.
Joseph Wild of JRW Photos and Frames will be among the over 100 vendors at this year’s show. It will be Wild’s first appearance at the Herkimer County Arts and Crafts Fair, which he says has a great reputation among artists and craftspersons. “[The Fair] was recommended to me by another photographer who exhibited there before,” Wild said. He also appreciates that there is a high-end Fair close to his home and camp. His nature photographs include panoramas, and more intimate shots that focus on the smaller details in nature. He will offer single and double matted, framed and unframed prints, as well as notecard sets featuring his photographs.
Charlotte Besaw, creator of HandCandy Mittens is also new to the 36th Herkimer County Arts and Crafts Fair. Besaw creates handmade, upcycled mittens, hats and scarves. All of her products are constructed from upcycled fabrics and fibers found at thrift stores and yard sales. Besaw decided to exhibit at this year’s Fair for a variety of reasons. “I signed up for this show because I’ve heard it was well-attended and the products were top-notch,” said Besaw.
Admission is $4. Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the show, with easy access off NYS Thruway exit 30. Food service is available and the venue is handicapped accessible throughout.
All proceeds benefit the Herkimer County College Foundation to provide scholarships for Herkimer County Community College students. The Fair is sponsored by Iberdrola Renewables.