2023 Fine Craft Fair

Saturday, April 22, 10 AM to 5 PM
Ethical Humanist Society
38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY

Deadline for artist entries: March 18

Opportunity for fine craft artists working in fiber, glass, metal (jewelry), clay, paper, mixed media or wood. Open to LICG members in good standing; member form on application. Download prospectus here.

2023 Exhibits

Seeing the Other

Opportunity for Fine Craft Artists
“Seeing the Other”
A juried exhibit of fine craft
September 30 to October 27, 2023
At the Art League of Long Island,

107 East Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills
Juror: Jerelyn Hanrahan, artist, professor and curator
Deadline for entries: August 12

(Prospectus to be posted)

The Long Island Craft Guild is pleased to present an opportunity for fine craft artists in the tri-state area to exhibit their work in the prestigious Jeannie Tengelsen Gallery of the Art League of Long Island. Artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal-jewelry, paper, wood or mixed media are invited to apply.

For this show, we urge craft artists to really look at their subjects or their materials with fresh eyes to create a piece that connects you to it in a new or more profound way. Whether you are working in glass, fiber, wood, paper, clay or metal, for this exhibit you might leave
off a step, add a process, blend in a new element or turn it upside down, so you can see
its “other-ness.” Use your material in a different way: clay jewelry, collaged fiber, metal cups, etc.

Or consider a subject (or medium) you have never explored: the stars and planets, dreams, loss, another culture, mathematics, or anything else in your imagination to which you can connect your creativity.

Van Gogh describes this idea in a letter to Theo van Gogh from 1882, referring to his painting “Roots”: “Frantically and fervently rooting itself, as it were, in the earth, and yet being half torn up by the storm. I wanted to express something of life’s struggle. . .in those gnarled black roots with their knots. . . I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

Form a connection at the core: feeling the Other, being the Other, or imagining being the Other, while still holding on to yourself. The Other could be another human being, another culture, another living thing, or an innate material that pulses with positive and negative energy such as colored yarns or bright gemstones. Go beneath the surface of the subject in order to feel its essence.

The philosopher Martin Buber discussed this principle in “I and Thou,” his seminal work from 1937. One of his main points in relation to the subject of an artwork is that what the artist sees, in nature, in humanity, or in even just the materials we use to create our work, needs to be more than an “it,” more than an object of contemplation. Buber explains, “This is the eternal origin of art that a human being confronts, a form that wants to become a work through him. Not a figment of his soul but something that appears to the soul and demands the soul’s creative power.”

There are many renowned artists and craftspeople who have devoted their life’s work to this concept: George Nakashima, Ruth Asawa, Robert Rauschenberg and Peter Voulkos are a few. They produced pieces that opened doors to new possibilities for working outside the box.

Stretch yourself to really “see the other.” Henri Matisse put it this way, “The essential thing is to work in a state of mind that approaches prayer.”

We hope this helps you start considering a few exciting new pieces. Artists are encouraged to submit a brief statement (100 words maximum) about each piece. These statements and images of accepted artwork will be published in a catalogue when the exhibit opens.

January 2023 General Meeting

Thursday, January 26 at 7 PM
Indigo Grower and Fiber Artist Bernadette Puleo

Via Zoom for members. See link below to join.

A Stone’s Throw

Member Bernadette Puleo, indigo grower and fiber artist, is a life-long professional in graphic design, apparel graphics, textile design and accessory design for the children’s market. Bernadette has pursued her interest in growing indigo since 2002. Upon her retirement in January of 2020, she decided to devote her creative energies and time to this magical plant. She is honored and delighted to share her creative journey with indigo and more with the Guild members.

Click HERE for a printable membership form. Zoom link emailed to members at least 24 hours before the meeting.

General Membership Meetings 2023

Thursdays at the Syosset Public Library
225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY

The Long Island Craft Guild invites the public to attend its bimonthly membership meetings, held on a Thursday in September, November, January, March, and May. We feature speakers from a variety of fine craft media who offer slide presentations and demonstrate a wide range of techniques. At some of our meetings, the audience is invited to participate in hands-on activities. Join us for refreshments and good conversation before and after the program. We welcome all craftspeople and lovers of fine craft.

For directions, see the map below or call the library at 516-921-7161. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm; doors open at 6 pm at the Syosset Public Library 225 South Oyster Bay Road, Syosset, NY, just north of the LIE. Meeting cancellations due to inclement weather will be announced here and on the LICG Facebook page; members will be notified via email.

Some of our previous Zoom artist talks are available on the LICG YouTube channel.

Join us! Click HERE for a printable membership form.

Note to Members

While we invite anyone to bring a door prize or snack to any of our meetings, the list below is the media group responsible for refreshments/door prizes for each meeting:

January: Paper
March: Glass
May: Fiber
September: Metal
November: Clay

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