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Best Art Fairs In Connecticut

January 12, 2011 1:21 PM

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Sometimes, you just don’t have time to go trekking through galleries and stores to find that perfect piece of art. Art fairs are more approachable and often full of surprises. The best art fairs in Connecticut give local and out-of-towners alike the chance to view and purchase items from every medium, method and fashion. Be warned however, with offers this good, you may buy more then you bargained for. - Courtney Delong
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Art and Crafts Show

Town Hall Common
50 South Main St.
West Hartford, CT 06107
www.celebratewesthartford.com

Every summer, West Hartford holds its annual celebration along with an extensive art fair. Ideally located on the Town Hall Common, the fair boasts more than 175 artists showcasing fabulous displays of their works. Both buyers and browsers can view everything from pottery and sculpture, to jewelry and clothing. Many of the artists are local to New England, making it that much easier to hunt them down should you need to purchase future works.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Connecticut Expo Center
265 Reverend Moody Overpass
Hartford CT, 06120
(860) 493-1300
www.sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is one serious art fair. Like a traveling circus, it makes its way across the east coast, bringing with it unlimited artistic expressions sure to astound. In March, it lands in Hartford at the Connecticut Expo Center. Inside is a veritable grab bag of goodies. Whether you’re looking for home accessories, sculpture, glass, pottery, photography or just about any uniquely crafted item, chances are, you’ll find it here. If one stop-shopping describes your style, then Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is a must! Special to Hartford, Sugarloaf also offers interactive demonstrations, where talented artists give insight on how there work is created.

Holly Harvest Craft Fair

Emanuel Lutheran Church
311 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 525-0894
www.emanuelhartford.org

You can’t live in New England and not include a Holly Harvest Craft Fair in your list of best art fairs in Hartford. Held the last Saturday of October, this holiday craft fair has been going on for the past 40 years. All proceeds from the fair are distributed among various food pantries, charities and church needs. In other words, patrons give double when purchasing holiday gifts for family and loved ones. Pick out something for the tree, such as a hand-made wooden ornament, or a comfy quilt to snuggle under fireside. There is even a room called “the attic” that houses various gifts from toys to glassware and linens, all gently used. Brighten your spirit and the spirit of another by participating in this truly heart-warming craft fair.

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