Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas
Dec. 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
After being held in San Francisco for the past nineteen years, the annual KPFA crafts fair is moving back to the East Bay. The sprawling artisan event will fill up the Craneway Pavilion (1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond) on December 20 and 21. The fair will feature a broad spectrum of handmade goods, including wearable textiles, ceramics, photography, block prints, paper goods, and jewelry. To organize the fair, producer Jan Etre and fellow jurors hand-picked more than two hundred arts and craftspeople based on the originality, quality, affordability of their work, in addition to artistic involvement and use of “green” materials. Often, the works being sold show an application of contemporary aesthetics to relatively traditional art forms. Beyond providing a marketplace for artists to sell their work, the fair is also serves to connect makers and consumers. That’s why everything at the fair is sold by the person who created it. “It’s rich interacting with the artist, knowing where the materials came from, and having a sense of the artist’s vision,” Etre said. “To a certain extent, mass-produced stuff is unavoidable and we understand that, but at the fair we will highlight the vast difference between that and the appreciation and enjoyment of art and artists.”