WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Historical Society recently announced the dates of its annual Wilton Fine American Craftsmanship Show to be held at the Wilton High School Field House, Route 7, Wilton, Conn.
With the departure of Marilyn Gould as Historical Society director and show manager, the Society has hired Barn Star Productions as the new managers of the event, scheduled for Nov. 14-15, 2009.
The show is considered the finest in the nation at highlighting both budding and experienced folk artisans. Last year’s event had more than 80 exhibitors from a range of styles and disciplines.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to produce this exceptional fund raiser and show highlighting the skills and talents of invited artisans offering quality decorative and utilitarian wares, now in a variety of ‘exhibitor friendly’ booth settings,” said Frank Gaglio, president of Barn Star.
The former show limited exhibitors to hard walled booths, which increased the cost of participating in the show. Under Gaglio’s management, exhibitors will have the option of selecting walled spaces or pipe and drape, allowing more flexibility, cost control and expression of their individual themes and talents. This is a win-win for both exhibitors and show attendees, according to the show’s Web site.
“For many years this annual event has been a major fund raiser for our non-profit organization and has displayed the finest artisans’ wares that are the hallmark of this truly special show,” said Greg Chann, president of the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. Now with a professional manager on board the Society is looking forward to an event in which exhibitor needs come first and customer conveniences abound, Chann said.
The show features traditional Pennsylvania pottery to modern art jewelry, basketry to imaginary glass. Skilled professional artists have long looked to Wilton as a place to introduce their latest creations, according to the show’s Web site.