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Unique Jewelry All the Buzz at This Year's 100 American Craftsmen Show
Unique Jewelry All the Buzz at This Year's 100 American Craftsmen Show

When it comes to women and jewelry, you can never have enough! And like any fashion accessory, jewelry can be as individual as the woman. Which is why so many women flock to the Kenan Center's 100 American Craftsmen show each year. The annual juried show of fine craft art, this year taking place June 3-5, always features outstanding jewelry artisans, and this year is no exception! Thirty-two of them will be on hand, each presenting new, original, unexpected, and even whimsical works of jewelry art, like Laurie Leonard, a new artist from Jeannette, Pennsylvania, who combines funky imagery and decorative accents in her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Three new artists from Glens Falls who are part of the artisan cooperative Flux, will appeal to fashionistas who like clean, bold statements. One of Cindy Cook's pop-arty metal and enamel pieces, in fact, is featured in this year's promotional posters and billboards for the event. She'll share a booth with Winnie Chai, who brings an organicness to her metalwork, and Mylessa Corlew, who goes for a more industrial, fun and funky look.

For those who love bling--and the bigger the better--they'll find plenty of choices with oversized gemstones, fossils, lampworked glass beads, pearls, and even unexpected objects like fiber and bone, being combined with fine silver and gold.

Even more exciting is that patrons have a chance to win some of these exceptional jewelry pieces. A long-standing tradition at 100 American Craftsmen is a weekend-long raffle of donated work--at least one item is given away every half hour, and every person who pays admission gets a raffle ticket. The artisans love the practice--which is unique to 100 American Craftsmen-- because their work is displayed right at the front entrance so that visitors can get a taste of the artisans' work and (hopefully) visit their booth to make a purchase. And many lucky visitors end up walking away with a stunning, hand-crafted piece of jewelry or other craft art.

For a preview look at all the artists who will be exhibiting at this year's show, go to www.kenancraftshow.com. The event takes place indoors at the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Avenue, Lockport. Hours are June 3, 6-9 pm; June 4, 10am-6 pm; and June 5, 11 am-5 pm. Admission is $6.

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