American Craft Council Show in St. Paul This Weekend

Carter Averbeck with his designs

Above: Carter Averbeck with his designs at the American Craft Council Show

Calling all craft aficionados: The American Craft Council Show runs April 8 – 10 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. This year’s show will feature  work from more than 225 top contemporary artists—jewelers to sculptors to furniture and clothing makers. In addition to a weekend of superb shopping, the show will feature “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft,” home décor exhibits by local designers that incorporate the work of select exhibitors. Each craft-in-context vignette illustrates how you might display artists’ work in your own home.

This year’s vignettes feature the work of Minneapolis designers Carter Averbeck, Drew Beson, Liz Gardner, and Jennifer Jorgensen, each of whom took inspiration from one of the four directions: North, South, East, or West. Averbeck chose East, “so I could pull from a rich diversity of styles,” he says. “Asian, African, and Indian influences fall under the umbrella of Eastern design and play nicely off each other, blending cultures and style in one setting.”

By Nina Hagen

Photo courtesy of American Craft Council

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