A Wedding, a Garden and Thread

After years of participation, popular fiber decorative artist Natalia Margulis is still amazed by the American Craft Exposition’s (ACE) capability to continually help her build relationships with lifelong collectors. Of those relationships, one collector she met ten years ago at ACE still attends to add to her embroidered picture collection each year. In August of 2012, this particular collector approached …

From the 1st to the 31st: a Q&A with ACE Jewelry Artist Gabriel Ofiesh

You might say Gabriel Ofiesh stumbled upon jewelry-making as a career. While studying in Colorado one summer during college, he learned the basics of his craft and his skill and artistry has been growing and evolving ever since. What began as the pursuit of an interest has blossomed into a 30+ year career handcrafting one-of-kind pieces of jewelry that delight …

Beauty from Devastation – A piece by ACE Artist Pat Kroth

When a series of destructive tornadoes hit Verona, Wisconsin, in June of 2014, the town was hit hard. A local school, barns, homes and trees suffered severe damage – but from this devastation inspiration grew for contemporary fiber artist and Verona resident Pat Kroth. Kroth draws her creative energy from nature, as well as the people, places and experiences she encounters. Following …

A Brief History of Crafts

Although commodities have been present in our communities for a number of years, it seems that more Americans, both old and young alike, are moving away from purchasing massed-produced items and are seeking out one-of-a-kind, made-in-America crafts that are no longer commodities, but pieces of art. Truth of the matter is that we don’t need to make or buy crafts …

Have you met an artist whose story is just as remarkable as their art?

As we all know, the American Craft Magazine, a non-profit educational organization that is “the leading voice for craft in America” (American Craft Magazine, 2011), just celebrated its 70th anniversary.  And while the magazine has helped introduce those who I like to call craft rock-stars, an article published this May inspired me to talk about artists we might not have …

ACE Committee Kick-Off March 2nd, 2011

The weather outside may have been bleak, but it did not stop the women of the ACE committee from enjoying the kick-off party inside the lovely Clarke House, home to the Evanston Art Center. There were plenty of refreshments for everyone, and the gallery exhibition couldn’t have been more fitting.The physio|tasma|gorical exhibition curated by Susan Sensemann perfectly blended art with …

11 Days Until the Show!

Stunning jewelry. Head-turning fabric art. Beautiful, hand-made furniture, and so much more. Are you ready for ACE 2010? In less than two weeks, the doors at Northwestern University’s Henry Crown Sports Pavilion will open onto one of the most famous fine-crafts expositions held in the United States. Since its inception in 1985, ACE and its founders have been devoted to …

Reserve Your Tickets for the ACE Preview Party Today!

Looking for a magic moment that’s also tax-deductible? Then book your calendar for the evening of Thursday, August 26. The American Craft Exhibition Preview Party promises a beautiful setting, cocktails, exquisite hors d’oeuvres and desserts,  and, most importantly, a chance to see and shop the show before it opens the following day. For even more exclusive access, you’ll want to attend …

Going beyond arts and crafts | Fine Arts | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

Interesting attention being paid to fine craft in Houston. Not exactly what you’d find at ACE, but definitely different than your typical summer “craft” fair. “I want to hear people say, ‘Oh, that’s a digital print. Why the heck is that in a craft center?’ or ‘That’s a video. Why is that in a craft center?’” she says. “I want …