A Bay Area cultural treasure benefiting KPFA 94.1 FM Public Radio – a juried crafts fair showcasing over 200 exhibitors presenting affordable art and crafts - featuring original work made by hand and exhibited by the people who make it.
This December the fair moves back to the East Bay for the first time in 19 years. The KPFA Crafts Fair features the original work of over 200 artists and craftspeople, presenting a glorious variety of original hand made items and offering something for everyone. Jan Etre, the Fair’s producer is excited to usher this event back to the East Bay.
The KPFA Crafts Fair showcases the brightest talents in contemporary art and craft, highlighting both experienced and emerging designers who produce one-of-a-kind, handmade and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These jury-selected artisans and craftspeople combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work. All the artists will be present at the Craneway Pavilion to interact with guests and showcase their own work, from outstanding wearable textiles, to elegant & functional ceramics, luminous glass and beadwork, innovative furniture and practical housewares. There’s also evocative photography, original block-printed art, contemporary paper goods and affordable, exquisite jewelry.
KPFA Radio has a reputation for embracing diversity and supporting local communities through its programming. Similar principles of discernment apply in the selection process of exhibitors for the KPFA Crafts Fair. The fair prioritizes a uniqueness of style, a high level of artisanship, craftwork created in studio (the artist/exhibitor must have an active hand in the making of their work), while trying to represent as much variety as possible. Jan Etre has been an advocate of artists and craftspeople for 27 years. "Buying directly from the artist affords the opportunity of establishing a personal connection. Buying from a store and not having any sense of whose hands helped create the item is more often than not a less meaningful experience. It’s rich interacting with the artist, knowing where the materials came from, and having a sense of the artist’s vision. To a certain extent mass produced goods are unavoidable and we understand that, but at the fair we celebrate the artisan and support his or her commitment to a life dedicated to creating unique arts and crafts.”
FOOD & BAR: Assemble Restaurant at the Craneway Pavilion features fresh, local, seasonal fare and a full liquor license open the entire time of the fair allowing fairgoers to relax, refuel and plan the rest of their shopping. Assemble will be the food concession inside the fair and will serve a variety of fresh and delicious offerings as well as beer and wine. There will be a coat and bag check.
TRANSPORTATION: Parking is free and plentiful. The Craneway Pavilion is 10 minutes by car from Berkeley, 5 minutes from the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. It’s accessible by public transit via BART and AMTRAK. At the Richmond Station, take the AC Transit #74 bus to Ford Point. The Craneway sits on the pedestrian and bike-friendly Bay Trail. Bicycles are encouraged; parking for bikes will be at the entrance to the Fair.
ABOUT THE CRANEWAY PAVILION: Originally a Ford Motor plant, it was transformed in WWII for the war effort. On site is the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park Visitor Education Center, which opened in 2012 and will be open over the weekend. Admission is free to the visitor center. The Craneway’s natural light is stunning. It has received numerous awards for its architecture. Its location on the waterfront and 180 degree views of the San Francisco Bay are breathtaking.