American Craftsmen Artisan Festival Celebrates 50 Years, Kenan Center Hosting Commemoratory Events

The Kenan Center will host several events on campus July 10 & 11

LOCKPORT – The Kenan Center in Lockport, NY is celebrating 50 years of their American Craftsmen Artisan Festival with a weekend packed of community events on their Kenan Center Campus July 10 and 11. “We will be hosting 5 separate events throughout our 25-acre campus with the goal of sharing both high quality craft artisans and the beauty of our campus with the community,” said Parrish Gibbons Herzog of the Kenan Center. “We are happy to be a host site for city run events too.” 

One of those events, the American Craftsmen Artisan Festival, has been re-envisioned throughout the planning process during COVID-19 and will include 50 invitation-only craft and fine art artisans who exhibit high quality work in either ceramics, fiber, decorative glass, decorative metal, leather, basketry, wood working, jewelry, or fine arts.  

Several local artisan fairs have been cancelled this summer. Regional artisans, including ceramics artisan Junko McGee, are eager to share their work with the community. 

“I enjoy exploring different glaze techniques and designs,” said McGee of her work. “I use brushes to create watercolor like glaze effect, create earthy surface textures, and carving to enhance designs. I haven’t seen larger artisan fairs this summer. I feel fortunate and delighted to participate in 50th American Craftsmen show as a retiring artist.” 

In addition to the Artisan Festival, the Kenan Center will host their 2nd Annual g(art)en event in tandem with the Lockport in Bloom Garden Walk throughout the Kenan House Gallery Gardens. Four artists were selected from community proposals to have temporary art installations on display throughout the weekend. Selected artisans/collectives include Brian and Kim Christy, Robin Damiano, Ellen Martin and Dominique Mediak-Pirigyi

The Kenan Campus will also host the following events throughout the American Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Weekend including American Craftsmen Artisan Festival, Lockport Chalk Walk, Lockport in Bloom Garden Walk, Petals to Pedals and Music in the Gardens with Paul Hage and Mirage.  

Shopping passes for the Artisan Festival are $5 and support the Kenan Center arts, education, and recreational programming. More information about the American Craftsmen 50th Anniversary Weekend can be found at www.kenancenter.org or by calling 716-433-2617.