November 2&3

2019

Saturday 10-5

Sunday 10-4

ADMISSION $10 in advance

$12 at the door

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We're excited to be returning to

Lounsbury House
316 Main Street

Ridgefield CT 06877

The American Craftsmen Show is an annual event that showcases award-winning and nationally known artists and craftsmen offering their work for sale. Many of these creations are inspired by the traditions, methods and styles of the early American craftsmen. Featured works include: pottery, wood carvings, painted furniture, textiles, holiday folk art and much more.

A special thanks to Will Kautz for the use of his magnificent horse and rider carving, "Circuit Rider" for use is our show's logo.

Participating Artists

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Kris Andrews
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    Kris Andrews
    Salisbury VT
    naturallyinspiredbaskets.com

    I have always loved the look and feel of old New England style baskets and it gives me great pleasure to be part of that tradition. They are designed to withstand years of use and be passed proudly to the next generation. I weave many styles from laundry to berry and am happy to do custom orders.

  • Stacey Bear
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    Stacey Bear
    York PA
    momentosartandantiques.weebly.com

    Stacey Bear creates narrative paintings based on the folk art tradition but with a contemporary and slightly humorous edge. People (with their odd pets), birds and animals are her favored subjects. Layers of acrylic paint are built up to create luminosity and antique frames finish the piece.

    The obscure art of creating spun cotton ornaments began as a 19th c. German cottage industry for the Christmas market. Santas, snow people, Halloween and Easter figures and animals take shape as Stacey meticulously paints the tiny faces which are sculpted from paper clay. Strips of cotton batting are wrapped and wrapped around an armature. Garments of cotton batting are stiffened with a secret concoction of glues and paint and the final touch of antique and vintage adornments complete the ornament.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents TOM & CAROLE BOGNAR
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    TOM & CAROLE BOGNAR
    Defiance MO
    callawaycolonial@centurytel.net

    Gourds are the world’s oldest form of pottery. We have combined that centuries old tradition of functionality and, through the use of several different applications and techniques, turned them into decorative pieces of art as well. Our process starts at picking the gourds from the fields, cleaning both inside/out, then the design work and finally a hand rubbed finish is applied. Each piece is one of a kind and, as in nature, no two are ever alike.

  • Barbara Boutot
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    Barbara Boutot
    Hartford CT
    harelooms.net

    Barbara Boutot’s love affair with textiles began decades ago, with a velvet remnant she acquired at a mill in her hometown, Glastonbury Ct. The rest, as they say, is history. She has designed everything from intricately smocked christening gowns to embellished silk wedding gowns. To day her work is mostly women’s clothing. She creates one of a kind & limited edition pieces with her own exclusive pattern designs. Her focus now is on jackets & coats - made with attention to detail, exciting fabric combinations and a variety of techniques. Barbara creates fine & fun unique clothing that’s both flattering & comfortable to wear. She exhibits at juried art shows & events with a loyal following all over the globe.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Mary Calehuff
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    Mary Calehuff
    Montoursville PA
    marycalehuffnodders.com

    Nodders radiate dignified, whimsical, and comical personalities. The work is very challenging - each one individually created without using molds. Each nodder is sculpted in homemade papier-mâché and carefully hand painted and detailed. I use vintage materials whenever possible to help create a time-worn and well-loved look. Each piece is signed, numbered, dated and created in a limited edition of twenty five pieces or less. As a symbol of good luck and in memory of my mother, a ladybug is included on each piece.

  • Dan & Marlene Coble
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    Dan & Marlene Coble
    Angola IN
    danandmarlenecoble.com

    Dan Coble is a traditionally inspired painter. His interpretations of Pennsylvania German designs, New England grain painting and other early American decorated furniture, frames and accessories, reflect his love for the history and art of the 18th and 19th century.

    Marlene Coble is a traditional painter. Her work consists of painting on furniture and accessories as well as painting on paper and canvas. She considers the dimensional forms the "canvas" for her creative expressions. She works in oil, watercolor and acrylic. Her subjects are broad, ranging from birds, animals and flowers to whimsical circus themes.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Pamela Dalton
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    Pamela Dalton
    Ghent NY
    pameladaltonpapercutting.com

    Pamela Dalton's Scherenschnitte have delighted collectors worldwide for almost twenty-five years. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch regions of this country in the early nineteenth century.

    Dalton's original designs are influenced by popular historical themes: patriotism, biblical and religious motifs, and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by the artist and then cut by hand, so no two are exactly alike. Each work is cut from a single piece of paper and frames in a false grain frame. Personalized and custom pieces and unique one-of-a-kinds (often in antique frames) are also available.

  • Chris Doherty
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    Chris Doherty
    Brookfield CT
    tristerk@aol.com

    Chris Doherty took a blacksmithing class way back in the late twentieth century and has been losing ground ever since. In his own work he is interested in the plasticity of steel as well the surface textures and finishes available only to hand forged work. Other themes include the meaning and relevance of hand craft in the current age and the perceived value thereof. His primary tools are always hammer, anvil and fire, which have served smiths down through the ages and he works, always, with that long and proud tradition in mind. Chris does commissioned work as well as his own and also teaches Blacksmithing at the Brookfield Craft Center on a regular basis.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Barbara Dull
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    Barbara Dull
    Gaylordsville CT
    barbaradull.com

    Barbara is a self taught weaver with over thirty years experience. She works with luscious colors of hand dyed yarns and touchable textures of handspun fibers. Her designs are threaded onto a floor loom, where she weaves and finishes each original piece by hand. These one-of-a-kind and limited editions include shawls, scarves, ruanas and throws. Each piece is elegant in design, easy to care for and sensuous to wear.

    The looms are both active, in her home and the 1843 barn studio/gallery located in a quiet northwestern, Connecticut setting.

  • STEPHEN DULL
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    STEPHEN DULL
    Gaylordsville CT
    stephendull.com

    My studio has a collection of wood; from the forest, from the river bank, along the railroad tracks and the sawmill. These are the raw materials for most of the furniture and mobiles that I make. These pieces have so much character that they seem to be saying something but in a language that is visual.

    The joy of my work is to transform their visual voices into useful pieces of furniture. In the studio ideas develop, ideas like water from artesian well, bubbling up then flowing down to hands and tools. With the use of good joinery, modern adhesives and years of experience each piece is hand crafted to my personal satisfaction. The finish is selected to let the character of the wood shine through.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents STEPHEN EARP
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    STEPHEN EARP
    Shelburne Falls MA
    stephenearp.com

    I make pottery inspired by various European and North American traditions of the 17th to 19th centuries. Among the styles I appreciate are earth-toned traditional Colonial Era "Redware," and blue and white "Delftware" from England and Holland.

  • RACHEL GIRSHICK
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    RACHEL GIRSHICK
    Hampton CT
    thesilverweb.com

    I have been designer & producer of The Silver Web since 1972. My work has been purchased by jewelry stores, galleries, museums, boutiques and collectors at prestigious craft shows around the country.

    My life in the art world, comes from an artistic home environment. My father was an artist/jeweler, and my mother was an haute couture designer/pattern maker. Their influence nourished an extensive and intensive love of the arts, there are few facets of them I have not experienced.

    First introduced to the craft of metalsmithing during my school years in Stamford, Ct., I attended various art classes at the Silvermine Art Guild New Canaan, Ct., the University of Conn. Storrs, the Jewelry Institute of Rhode Island, and w/private instructors. I have worked in the graphic arts, photography, sculpture, writing, music, and theatre. Through the synthesis of these experiences, I have designed, crafted, and marketed my unique jewelry visions in precious metals.

    Many of my designs are inspired by my close affinity for nature and an intuitive feel for form, function and fluidity.

    The Silver Web, solar powered, workshop is located in the rolling hills of northeastern Connecticut.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Jeanine Happe
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    Jeanine Happe
    Blairstown NJ
    facebook.com/twooldcrows

    I am a needle felting artist. I recreate animals in a realistic to often whimsical way. I love to incorporate vintage pieces with them whenever I can.

  • DEBBIE HARTWICK
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    DEBBIE HARTWICK
    Greenbelt MD
    heartwellsdesigns.com

    Heartwells designs, original hand sewn pincushions and emeries whimsically created. All work is made from hand dyed cotton velvet and finished with pearl cotton threads. Also antique sewing boxes with new pincushion tops.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Lynn Hazelton
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    Lynn Hazelton
    Fairport NY
    hookedbylynn.com

    Twenty years ago I transitioned from being a water color painter to creating hooked rugs. While many of the “rugs” can be used as floor rugs, there are some that could be used as wall or table decorations. I create all my own designs using inspirations from old quilts, tole trays, weather vanes or fractur images. They are hand hooked with wool on a linen background.

  • Steve Hazlett
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    Steve Hazlett
    Painted Post NY
    americanfolkcraft.com

    One hundred plus year old heart pine salvaged from out buildings and barns built during the 19th century from the upstate New York area are used in creating my work. I also incorporate antique copper, tin and iron into my work. I use chisels, draw knives, handsaws and carving knives to handcraft my pieces. Buttermilk paint, which was widely used in early America after 1800, is the most accurate historical choice for completing my objects.

    My objects are somewhat primitive and crude in appearance resembling pieces from long ago. I try to create an object handcrafted in the 19th century style as from rural folk artists by using my own personal interpretation of the original object based on historical information. I also try to visually project a sense of humor or statement depending on the piece and subject matter at hand.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Michele Hollick
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    Michele Hollick
    Hollis NH
    stenciledfloorclothsbymichele.com

    Floorcloths are a part of our American heritage. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson had them.

    Our floorcloth designs are based on floors that were stenciled in New England and New York. Early floorcloth patterns were geometrics (like a diamond) or nautical themes like a mariners compass. Some of our designs also come from Moses Eaton wall stencils.

    Every step of our floorcloths is done by hand in our back yard barn and no two are exactly alike.

  • Shaari Horowitz
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    Shaari Horowitz
    Sharon CT
    shaarihorowitz.com

    In rural northwestern Connecticut, Shaari Horowitz & Alistair Jones make the 150 foot commute from their house to the 19th century barn which serves as workshop and studio. Here, under the watchful eyes & critical supervision of their shop cats, they carve new wood bowls & revive old wood bowls, adorning them with layers of patinated gilding and intricately hand painted original design.

    Guided by an old world color palette, the patterns & imagery they use stem from classical sources such as medieval manuscripts, ancient textiles, & the Frescoes of Pompeii.

    The couple brings backgrounds of traditional furniture-making & mural painting to this collaboration.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Ellen Howard
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    Ellen Howard
    Rutland VT
    etsy.com/shop/ellenhowardhandmade

    I learned to sew in second grade; even then I knew that sewing and fabric were my passion. Born with a love for fabrics, color and nature, This love is incorporated into my work. I make clothing and accessories using the finest silks, cottons, woolens and velvets. Each piece is one of a kind or a limited edition, hand dyed, hand printed and carefully sewn.

    When I’m not stitching, dyeing or printing I can be found outside enjoying my gardens, or walking my dog on the rural road where I live. This is where I find my inspiration. What I see gives me ideas about what to make, and what colors to use. I am constantly excited by what I notice around me it’s a great way to live and work.

  • Justin Kaufman
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    Justin Kaufman
    Noblesville IN
    kauffmanfinefurniture.com

    Working with the finest hardwoods available and using time tested joinery methods, Justin Kauffman builds reproductions of, and furniture inspired by, period American furniture.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents K. William Kautz
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    K. William Kautz
    Weston VT
    kwkautz.com

    Will Kautz began to carve in 1985 to help pay tuition bills while attending law school. Within a few weeks his designs began to sell as quickly as he could produce them. Through the years, Will has sold his wood sculptures to numerous galleries and collectors around the world. His carvings have been displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Shelburne Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has also been chosen by Early American Homes magazine for its annual Directory of America's Best Traditional Craftsmen.

  • Kate Kilgus
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    Kate Kilgus
    Harrisville NH
    katekilgus.com

    Kate Kilgus weaves decorative and functional pieces for the home, including kitchen towels and overshot table runners. Her work is inspired by classic weaving structure and pattern and the colors found about her home in the Monadnock Region. A classically trained musician, Kate enjoys the rhythm and movement that is found at the loom and, ultimately, in a piece of finished cloth.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Kathleen McDonald
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    Kathleen McDonald
    Woodbury CT
    holidayhousetreasures.com

    I am a self-taught artist. When I see a Holiday antique that inspires me, I examine the piece carefully- without damaging the original- to see how it was constructed. I try to duplicate the old methods as closely as possible. My background in needle arts and other crafts has been very helpful in identifying the original materials used and methods of construction. My ambition is to create unique, one-of a kind decorations and ornaments which will become new keepsakes for years to come.

  • DIANE LOUISE PAUL
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    DIANE LOUISE PAUL
    North Hampton NH
    DLPleather.com

    Diane Louse Paul, a self-taught leather artisan, creates high quality, one-of-a-kind leather goods. She uses vintage and antique leather-making tools and techniques to make lasting and durable leather goods that are both functional and works of art.

    Her skilled workmanship and use of heritage techniques have earned her a spot as one of Early American Life magazine'sTop Traditional American Craftsmen (pre-Civil War, museum quality craft) for 16 years in a row. She is a juried member of the prestigious League of NH Craftsmen, having met its rigorous standards for creativity, innovation, and technical expertise.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Marcia & Carla Press
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    Marcia & Carla Press
    Troy NH
    meshugenahhats.com

    The Meshugenah Hat Company llc was founded in 2015 by twin sisters Marcia Press and Carla Press. Both have a unique sense of design inherited from their mother.

    Our signature is that all of our hats are made from high end textiles, are reversible, and they can also be styled in a variety of ways.

    Carla is a self taught sewer with a great flair for creativity and whimsy. She learned her craft through patience and vision. Marcia is a trained painter and designer specializing in color and texture. Her experience as a wallpaper/textile stylist and art director taught her to interpret color and fashion trends.

    While practically every part of the business is done collaboratively, Carla is the main designer of the hats and Marcia is in charge of the accessories and the day to day business. As Carla puts it, "I make the hats but she makes the decisions!"

  • Kathie Ratcliffe
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    Kathie Ratcliffe
    Waterford VA
    ninepatchstudio.com

    Kathie creates miniature quilts as small as 8” square, inspired by traditional 19th century designs. She uses the geometric patterns and vibrant colors of early quilts in imaginative new ways with a 21st century twist. Some works are quiet and elegant, others boldly abstract and surprisingly contemporary. The quilts are beautifully framed and will complement décor of all styles.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Susan Schneider
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    Susan Schneider
    Sheffield MA
    Shandells.com

    Welcome to Shandell’s world, I am Susan Schneider, self taught lampshade maker/marble paper artist. I turn functional daily items into works of useable art. I marble on many mediums, paper, leather, fabric and more…. Constantly searching for something new and old to pair an ancient art form to bring into the 21st century. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind, no two ever alike.

  • Shauna Shane
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    Shauna Shane
    Storrs CT
    shaunashane.com

    Shauna has been painting professionally for 40 years and is facile in a variety of mediums including oil, pastel and watercolor. A former Resident Artist at Yellowstone National Park and more recently The New Britain Museum of American Art, Shauna is a signature member of Hudson Valley Art League and CT Pastel Society, and an elected member of Lyme art Association and CT Plein Air Painters. Shauna has exhibited and received major awards in the Renaissance Pastel International, Academic Art Association, New England Watercolor Society, National Casein and Acrylic Association, and she was recently elected to the board of the Hudson Valley Art League.

  • The American Craftsmen Show Presents Mark Soukup
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    Mark Soukup
    Gap Mills WV
    windsorchairsbyhand.com

    Mark Soukup creates Windsor Chairs and period furniture using traditional materials, tools, and techniques. His pieces reflect the beautiful lines and functional quality of the finest classic American furniture with meticulous detail and a passion for the highest level of craftsmanship. The results are lasting pieces for museum collections and private homes.

  • PEGGY THOMAS
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    PEGGY THOMAS
    Ridgefield CT
    peggythepottery.com

    My passion for the natural world is my inspiration when I work the clay to create organic, free flowing forms. Polar Bears spring from deep within as I hand-build each, so no two are alike. The Celery Vases, so called from the inspiration of a beautiful bunch of celery, flow unevenly in design after coming off the wheel, and the ruffled rim catches each stem as you arrange your bouquet. My "Faux Bark" pieces are wheel thrown, knocked off-round from the wheel, and carved, free-hand, to mimic bark…but not exactly! When a customer picks up one and exclaims "Oh, I thought it was wood!", as she realizes it is not, I smile. That is my goal.

    Potting for approximately 30 years, I learned under a three-year tutelage from a ceramics professional in Bucks County PA. I have been a long-term President of Connecticut Clay Artists, a like-minded group of professional potters here in Fairfield County, CT. My studio, The Pottery, is located in my home in Ridgefield CT. My work is in a number of private collections and has been awarded in several juried shows.

    See more of what I do by visiting my website. (I sell only directly.)

Location and Directions

Lounsbury House, a Ridgefield landmark since 1896, is the place to celebrate life's memorable milestones. Since becoming the town's community center 60 years ago, the house and classic gardens have served as a venue for art shows, food fairs and events for everyone in the surrounding area.

Lounsbury House :: 316 Main Street :: Ridgefield CT 06877 :: Get Directions from Google

From Lower Fairfield County: Merritt Parkway to Exit 40 (Rt. 7 North). Follow Rt. 7 to Rt. 33 North. Continue on Rt. 33 for 7.2 miles. When Rt. 33 intersects Rt. 35, continue straight on Rt. 35 for .4 miles. Lounsbury House is the first right after Market Street.

From Hartford (approx. 1.25 hours): Take 84 West to Exit 3 (Rt.7 South) to intersection of Rt. 7 and 35. Turn right on Rt. 35 South and follow about 5 miles through Ridgefield. Lounsbury House is on left after Governor Street.

From New York (approx. 1 hour): Major Deegan North - Rt. 87 to 287 East to 684 North (toward Brewster) to Exit 6 (Katonah, Rt. 35). Turn right onto Rt. 35 East and continue 11.25 miles, turning left at end onto Main Street (still on Rt. 35 North). Lounsbury House is the first right after Market Street.

From New Jersey (approx. 2 hours): GW Bridge (lower level) to Major Deegan North (Rt. 87) or Tappen Zee Bridge to 287. Follow directions above (New York).

From Long Island (approx 1.75 hours): Whitestone Bridge to Hutchinson River Parkway. From Parkway take 684 North (toward Brewster) and follow directions above (New York).

Contact Information

Lounsbury House  203-438-6962

www.lounsburyhouse.org

Christina@lounsburyhouse.org

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