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Appalachian Spring cranks up its spiffy white Yule Bug and drapes its signature “Celebrate American Craft” banner along the side to serve as its “float” in the annual Reston Town Center Christmas parade.

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Kick-Starting Christmas with Community Events

When communities celebrate, businesses prosper, and Christmas is an ideal time for craft shops and galleries to join wholeheartedly in citywide holiday festivities. With opportunities ranging from storefront decorating and window display contests to street caroling and sponsored floats in Yuletide parades, small business retailers have readymade opportunities to join the fun, show their community spirit and entice post-events revelers into their stores.

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San Francisco fiber artist Joe Cunningham with “Patchwork Quilt,” one of his own creations.

Craft in America Rolls Out ‘Industry’

The connection between consumer and maker, and the freedom they find, is explored in Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy, which opens the sixth season of the Peabody Award-winning series Craft in America. The new episode, which premiered May 2, shows American artisans keeping the past alive.

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Impulse Buy

Gretchen Diehl, of BirdQueen Designs in Philadelphia, relies on vivid dreams, people and animals she’s known and loved, and verbal and visual misinterpretations to create “original, affordable, adorable plastic jewelry that’s meant to make a statement wherever you go.” Diehl and production managers Melissa Magri and Michele Smith print the artist’s designs on ink jet shrink film.

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Market Calendar

A comprehensive listing of wholesale trade shows—happening now through October 2014.

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Spectrum Awards List Has Familiar Ring

Familiar names appear among the top winners of the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards, with James Currens taking Best of Show honors for the second consecutive year. Currens, of J.W. Currens Inc. in New York, was honored for his platinum “Tropical Storm” ring, which featured a 22.10ct. emerald accented with diamonds. The ring also finished first in the Classical category.

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Art Books for Light Summer Reading

The Art of the Handbag by Clare Anthony (Race Point Publishing, $25) is the next best thing to having a closetful of crazy beautiful bags. From the organically inventive polymer clay “Corn Catchfly” purse by Kathleen Dustin on the cover to more than 100 spectacular handbag images from 25 of the world’s best designers inside, the book is a celebration of creativity around the one fashion accessory that most women couldn’t even conceive of doing without.

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Impulse Buy

Gretchen Diehl, of BirdQueen Designs in Philadelphia, relies on vivid dreams, people and animals she’s known and loved, and verbal and visual misinterpretations to create “original, affordable, adorable plastic jewelry that’s meant to make a statement wherever you go.” Diehl and production managers Melissa Magri and Michele Smith print the artist’s designs on ink jet shrink film.

Shops are open and streets are filled with residents and tourists alike in inviting Berlin, Md., a little town that really knows how to show off its cool.

CREDIT: WORCESTER COUNTY TOURISM

Arts Make Berlin, Md., a Really Cool Stop

Many towns along the route to major tourist attractions like a popular beach or a national park settle for getting travelers to stop for gas and snacks. But not Berlin, Md. Berlin, which is seven miles from Ocean City, Md., and near the wild ponies of Assateague Island, was voted Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America for 2014. Why? Largely through its promotion of the arts.

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Craft Gallery News

“It should be a memorable party,” predicted Liz Dineen, for the 40th anniversary of Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, N.M., in June. She assumed ownership of the gallery in 2005, following 21 years of working there as a staffer. “I love my job,” said Dineen, who praised the “many loyal customers and artists” who have supported the gallery throughout its history.

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Newsmakers in the World of Craft

At its conference in Chicago in March, the Glass Art Society presented Dan Dailey with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Shane Fero its Lifetime Membership Award. Both are past presidents of the society’s board. Dailey founded the Glass Department at the Massachusetts College of Art. His Art Deco-inspired work has appeared in 46 museum collections.

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Trade Show News

SOFA, the international Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair, has been acquired by Urban Expositions, the Atlanta-based show management company, from the Art Fair Company. SOFA, which presents its 21st exposition this year, is the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago. Urban Expositions said SOFA is its first acquisition as part of its plans to build a division specializing in art fairs.

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In Memoriam

Marilyn Patton, an owner of Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, N.C., died April 9 at age 83. She and her husband, S.M. “Buddy” Patton, who died in 2007, revitalized the Biltmore Industries complex and, in 1992, opened Grovewood Gallery there.

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