PHOTO GALLERY: 34th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival at Bruce Museum

Beautiful spring weather set the scene for incredible arts and crafts shopping in the open air at the 34th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival at Bruce Museum this weekend.

For 2019, this popular annual event featured more than 70 crafts artists from all over the country who had their creations in wood, wearable and decorative fiber, metalwork, leather, paper arts, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and more on display and available for sale. Among the exhibitors this year, there was a strong showing in jewelry and wearables (for both adults and infants) PLUS a number of artists specializing in handbags, purses, and bags.

There were also demonstrations. Potters Erika Nowak and Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks in New Britain drew plenty of onlookers as they worked their trade for viewing benefit of attendees.

Delicious food was made available by the Thai Taste, Kettle Korn, and Wendies Weenies food trucks.

Much different than shopping in a store, the Bruce Museum's 34th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival afforded attendees the opportunity to to meet many of the top award-winning national craft artists who actually created the work for sale. This experience adds an additional meaningful layer to the art being collected. The opportunity to learn about the processes used to create the work. An opportunity to ask questions, take photos, shake hands and bring home a piece of art with a personally significant story and memory attached to it.

Living Greenwich photographer Pam Grunow was on hand at the event to capture some images.

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And here is a second photo gallery - with photos courtesy of Scott Smith (of the Bruce Museum):

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2019 Participating Artists:


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Photos (1st Gallery) by Pam Grunow
Photos (2nd Gallery) by Scott Smith, Bruce Museum
Writing by Eric Taubert