Beginning Friday afternoon, Worner will be filled with dozens of vendors selling their art, ranging from pottery to paintings, jewelry, and much more. The Colorado College Arts and Crafts Sale is an annual event hosted by the Arts and Crafts Program. Over the weekend, the Colorado Springs community is welcome to browse the hand-crafted works on display from local artists, students, and faculty.
The Arts and Crafts Sale began at least 40 years ago as a fundraiser for the Arts and Crafts program. The program provides students with the opportunity for block long adjunct classes working with clay, stained glass, jewelry, and fiber works. According to their website, they are “devoted to the idea that creativity, imaginative thinking, and personal expression are vitally important in the lives of all people. We provide opportunities for students to explore their creative skills and practice problem solving outside a graded environment.”
For this weekend, all of the artists are selected by a jury to ensure quality submissions, and all will be present to exhibit their own work. “I believe the community appreciates a juried arts and crafts sale, and they love the supportive environment at CC,” said Jeanne Steiner, the Arts and Crafts Program Director. Steiner has been involved with the sale for 33 years, and she believes that it benefits both the local community and students.
“[The Arts and Crafts Sale is] a positive outreach to local community members; but most importantly an educational opportunity for our students to help organize and participate in an Arts and Crafts Sale,” said Steiner. This year will feature the work of 70 professional artists in addition to that of 20 CC students. “[The students] have lots of opportunities to network with other artists and crafts persons, as well as try their hand at selling their own work,” Steiner said.
The sale will begin this afternoon in Worner from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. and will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.