Craftopia

Craftopia

A watercolor painting of an indigo bunting bird by Pawtucket artist Holly Wach, whose art will be displayed at this year’s Craftopia event.
11th annual juried show features handmade, local goods

PAWTUCKET – For those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping, the 11th annual Craftopia will feature 65 artists and crafters selling handmade wares this weekend in Pawtucket.

The event, hosted by Rhody Craft, takes place at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The juried craft show features local and affordable art and goods, says organizer Kim Clark, owner of Rhody Craft.

What sets Craftopia apart from other craft shows?

“It’s fun (and) festive,” Clark said. “It’s juried but also affordable. We look for fun, colorful, affordable art by the people for the people.”

“Sometimes when you hear juried shows, that means it’s very high end,” she added. “We’re very careful about the quality we’re admitting but look for affordable (products).”

When asked about the price range of items, Clark said they're anywhere from $1 to $100.

For returning visitors, she said not much is new in terms of the setup, as they “pretty much stick to what works,” but there will be a lot of new vendors this year. Vendors are from New England, many from Rhode Island.

“We try to keep it fresh,” she said. “It’s a mix of repeat and new vendors.”

Vendors are selling goods ranging from jewelry and clothing to prints, handbags, bath and body, baby and pet accessories, fine art, and more.

From Pawtucket, vendors include Aura’s Chocolate Bar; artist Holly Wach, who creates watercolor paintings of birds; and Periodically Inspired, run by Courtney Church, who sells T-shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, pint glasses and more featuring phrases written with elements from the periodic table.

Cumberland’s C’est La Bee will be there selling their skin care products.

Coffee will be available inside for purchase, and two food trucks will be parked outside: Rocket Fine Street Food and Ming’s Asian Street Food.

Clark started Rhody Craft as a pop-up shop at Hope Artiste Village 10 years ago before opening her brick-and-mortar store at 769 Hope St. in Providence. The gallery and gift shop sells a curated, eclectic collection of art, craft, and all things Rhode Island, Clark said.

“We still do (Craftopia) where we started out,” she said, with vendors set up in the beautiful, brick-lined hallway at Hope Artiste Village.

Her favorite part of Craftopia is looking through the applications from vendors and being excited by work she’s never seen before, as well as the day of the show, she said.

“It’s just a really fun day,” she said.

Admission is $1 for adults, free for children. Every 50th entrant will receive Craftopia bucks in varying denominations which can be spent at any vendor booth.

For more information, email info@rhodycraft.com.

A display of pottery by Pawtucket’s New Moon Ceramics set up at a past Craftopia event. This year’s juried art and craft show takes place at Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.