42nd Annual Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair October 5, 2024 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wethersfield Historical Society’s Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair returns to picturesque Cove Park for the 42nd time on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for a day of community, fun, and celebration in the heart of the oldest and largest historic district in Connecticut. (Also the state’s most recently designated Cultural District). Browse hand-made items, shop for unique gifts, meet the artists, and watch demonstrations from over 90 juried artisans and vendors.  There will be pottery, woodwork, prints, jewelry, textiles, and fabric art, painting, photography, and so much more. Free parking is available along State Street, and adjacent to the DMV.

Wethersfield Historical Society’s Tent will be filled with “Attic Treasures” and treats. Our volunteer bakers will be offering delicious home-made goodies for sale. Throughout the year, our friends and neighbors have been donating one-of-a-kind items to our “Attic Treasures” that the society offers for sale to help support our educational programming. The Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair also welcomes other area non-profits like the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, the Wethersfield Art League, and Ginger’s Jams and Jellies to share their work and missions with the community.

The Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair is a benefit that supports Wethersfield Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit, membership supported organization founded in 1932. The Society offers free admission to the Wethersfield Museum year round in addition to providing quality educational programming that improves the lives of residents and helps preserve the oldest and largest historic district in the state of Connecticut. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets purchased in advance, either online or at the Old Academy (150 Main Street, Wethersfield), are $7. Purchased at the gate on the day of the event, admission is $10. Current members of Wethersfield Historical Society and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge. Due to the nominal nature of the admission charge, only cash will be accepted at the gate.  

Aspiring Exhibitors

If you are interested in participating and your work meets the criteria below, please submit an online application HERE Next year’s 42nd Annual Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please remember that the 42nd Annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair is a juried event and that submitting an application does not guarantee a spot at the fair. If your application is accepted and you receive a contract, you have 30 days to respond or you will be moved off the off the participating vendor list.

  • Artwork must be handmade, skillfully created, and produced by or under the direction of the artist.
  • Artists may show work only in categories in which they were accepted.
  • Artists may not exhibit or sell work that is not represented in submitted jury images.
  • Artists may not exhibit or sell work by other artists.
  • If selected artists elect to share their booth space with another artist, the guest artist must submit their own application and be approved prior to participating.
  • Imported items and mass-produced work is not allowed—no exceptions. This policy will be strictly enforced this year.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • Artists must personally attend their exhibits throughout the OW Arts & Crafts Fair.
  • Artists are expected to comply with all regulations and respect artistry standards.
  • The Wethersfield Historical Society reserves the right to remove any artist from the present or future fairs for breach of the written participation rules, the laws of the State of Connecticut, or for disruptive/abusive behavior. 

2023’s Award Winning Artisans

  1. Excellence in Fiber – Luna Lovebug Emilie Surapine
  2. Excellence in Jewelry – JDB Designs Joshua Berins
  3. Excellence in Painting – Skip Marsh Art Skip Marsh
  4. Best in Show – Wood & Word Blooms Jennifer Angle
  5. Favorite New Artisan – Sun Dog Designs Lilia Uribe-Tirado and Carly Wanner
  6. Most Original – Philabilities Philip Goldberg
  7. Best Artisanship – Handcrafted by Lou Lou LaVecchia
  8. Excellence in Wood – Early American Woodworking Richard Liegl
  9. Excellence in Mixed Media – Salmon Brook Sun Catchers Monica Neish
  10. Favorite Returning Artisan – Blissful Art Creations Jaime Bliss Guilmette

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Excellence in Fiber Luna Lovebug Emilie Surapine
Excellence in Jewelry – JDB Designs Joshua Berins
Excellence in Painting – Skip Marsh Art Skip Marsh
Best in Show – Wood & Word Blooms Jennifer Angle
Favorite New Artisan – Lilia Uribe-Tirado and Carly Wanner
Most Original – Philabilities Philip Goldberg
Best Artisanship – Handcrafted by Lou Lou LaVecchia
Excellence in Wood – Early American Woodworking Richard Liegl
Excellence in Mixed Media – Salmon Brook Sun Catchers Monica Neish
Favorite Returning Artisan – Blissful Art Creations Jaime Bliss Guilmette

In a clerical oversight attributable only to the weather and the excitement of the day, WHS staff failed to present Knitted Creations by Bovine Design (Kimberly Conner) with her “Award of Excellence” for her outstanding booth and presentation of her wares. She is pictured at left at last year’s Craft Fair where she received “Excellence in Fiber 2022”.

 

Selected Artisans 2024

Selected Crafters and Artisans

 

Participating Crafters and Vendors 2024

Crafters and Artisans will be listed as their applications are accepted.