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Springtime is for Makers: 6 Upcoming Hudson Valley Craft Fairs & Arts Events 

Last Updated: 05/25/2021 4:20 pm
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Spring has sprung, and don’t these Hudson Valley artists and artisans know it. Find the thing for you and support local creators by perusing goods offered by hundreds of artists across arts and craft fairs and markets in the Hudson Valley. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a trip to a contemporary rural art exhibition or by buying a vintage, one-of-a-kind father’s day gift foa pop-up antique sale. The following events are all outdoors, held in places like orchards and riverside parks where you can enjoy the warmer weather. Many of the listed happenings are only up for a few days, so don’t miss out.

Upstate Vintage Antique Show / May 22

Upstate Vintage Antique Show announces their first show of 2021, a one-day special titled “Racing To Spring.” It’s a celebration of upstate New York vintage and antique collectors, merchants, and makers. Collectors and makers will showcase their products under little white tents scattered across the grassy lawn of the Stone Ridge Orchard. Up for grabs are vintage blouses, jackets, denim, urns, books, tote bags, vinyls, even knife sets. The show is organized by Amy Abrams, founder of the Artists & Fleas markets in SoHo and Williamsburg. The goal of the Upstate Vintage Antique Show is to provide a beautiful outdoor experience, inviting customers to embrace their surroundings and re-engage with the natural world––a mission of particular importance during COVID-19. Customers can browse through scores of antique and vintage products amidst refreshing outdoor scenery. Last year, the show welcomed 40 different sellers. The Upstate Vintage Antique Show is open on May 22, 10am-5pm.

All NY Modern Makers Market / May 22 & 23

Over 100 artists, makers, and artisans are bringing their goods to the All NY Modern Makers Market, a two-day event on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon. Hosted by Hops on Hudson, the mission of this event is both to provide economic stimulus to the creators who have lacked income due to COVID-19 and to support the New York economy in general. The festival boasts both aesthetic creations, such as ceramic dishes, handpainted glassware, visual artworks, handcrafted jewelry and furniture, as well as edible ones, like specialty hot sauces, honeys, granolas, and craft spirits. Multiple food trucks will be onsite; grab your grub and picnic on the Hudson River’s edge while listening to live music. Browse artwork made through multiple mediums, be it pottery, painting, weaving, metalsmithing, or printmaking. The All NY Modern Makers Market is open May 22 and 23, 10am-5:30pm.

40th Annual Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair / May 29-May 31

Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair was voted second best classic and contemporary art show nationwide by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America’s premier arts and crafts shows magazine. It continues to draw quality artists and craftspeople from all over the country, and tens of thousands of visitors each year. This year, the fair exhibits the work of over 100 artists and makers while providing gourmet food and drink, live entertainment, and artist demonstrations. The event was founded by Neil and Scott Rubenstein in the early 1980s, two woodworkers who were traveling in the Northeast to present their work at multiple craft shows. As young fathers, they wanted to both continue their craftwork while supporting their families. They created the fair, which is being held for the 40th year this Memorial Day weekend. The Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair is open May 29 and 30, 10am-5:30pm, as well as May 31, 10am-4pm.

Phoenicia Flea / May 29 & 30

The iconic Phoenicia Flea is a moveable market of makers and merchants mainly from the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. Each month they appear at a new location in the region. This Memorial Day weekend, it’s at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge in Hunter. The market features products like nature books and puzzles from Chicory Naturalist and upstate-themed apparel from Peak Goods Co., a brand devoted to printing the Catskills onto everyday wear. Customers can grab lunch and sit down at picnic tables surrounded on each side by lines of artisan stalls. Come Fourth of July weekend, the market will be at Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor. Other upcoming summer locations include Fromer Market Gardens and Industrial Arts Brewing Comany. Catch this flea before it moves again! The Phoenicia Flea market will be at Scribner’s May 29 and 30, 11am-5pm.

Upstate Diary’s “ART+NATURE+HOME” and ART TREK / May 29-June 13

Upstate Diary, a publication featuring the homes and lifestyles of rural creators, hosts its first art and design exhibition: “ART+NATURE+HOME.” The installation is in-person at the Foreland in Catskill, a five-story collection of artist studios, galleries, and a burgeoning contemporary arts campus. The show is also viewable online with an exhibition essay, “In the Wheelhouse,” written by Glenn Adamson. Many objects were created specifically for this exhibition by some of the region’s most acclaimed artists, such as Paula Hayes, a visual artist, and Kat Howard, a fiber artist. The exhibition will feature a panel of design experts as well. Along with ART+NATURE+HOME, Upstate Diary is hosting ART TREK, a Memorial Day weekend self-guided tour of the publications favorite art installations and exhibits across the Hudson Valley. The tour includes Art Omi, a nonprofit arts center with a sculpture and architecture park and gallery, and Stoneleaf Retreat, an artist residency and creative communal space focused on supporting women and families. The “ART+NATURE+HOME” exhibition will run both in-person and online from May 29 to June 13.

Field + Supply Mini Markets / Sundays through Sept 5

This year, Field + Supply will skip the big biannual blowout at Hutton Brickyards, but the craft fair has a new summer event series: F+S Mini MRKTs, which will run every Sunday. This scaled-down version of the fair features a selection of Field+Supply makers, artisans, and designers in the Uptown Kingston’s shopping district. Enter at the corner of Crown and John streets to see artisanal products from wooden and ceramic kitchenware to woven shoes and beard oil. Field+Supply highlights Hudson Valley artists on their social media, such as Helen Prior, a ceramicist and textile designer whose work focuses on the beauty of local plants, and Demetria Chappo, a ceramicist who creates every piece by hand. The F+S Mini Markets will be open from 10am-4pm on May 30, June 20, July 4,  August 1,  August 15, and September 5.

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