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“For our show, it started years ago with Chris Stangler and his handmade paper,” Harrigan added, explaining that the Lockport artist incorporates found objects from nature with his paper and makes hanging works of art. Stangler, who recently opened a shop in Orchard Park, was given the award of “master craftsman” by the Kenan Center, and will also be at this year’s show.
Another artist using something “old” in her work is Patty Cancilla, a jewelry maker from Grand Island, whose handmade jewelry includes gold and silver wrapped around shining slices of fossils or gemstones.
Cancilla has attended 100 American Craftsman for the past four years and calls it one of her top shows.
“It’s very high-quality items and they’re very specific about the mix of venders that are in the show — to give people a range of purchase options — which is lovely for the people that are purchasing,” she said.
The jewelry-maker has won some awards for her work, including a first place at the Orchard Park Quaker Arts Festval, and the “Purchase Award” at the 2011 Allentown Art Festival, which meant a piece of hers was purchased by festival planners for display in festival headquarters.
While doing about 16 juried shows a year, Cancilla looks especially forward to 100 American Craftsmen as a place to showcase her pendants, earrings and bracelets.
“The people that run it are really fabulous and they treat the artists really lovely,” she said.
This year’s show is offering several new features, including the presence of Black Willow Winery from Burt, providing wine by the glass and also selling bottles. There is also a new musical act performing on Saturday afternoon. Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Doug Yeomans and his Mountain Run band will be playing bluegrass music for attendees. There is music throughout the three days of the event, as well as a variety of food vendors and a sit-down cafe. The Friends of the Kenan Herb Club will also host its annual Herbal Plant Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: 43rd annual 100 American Craftsmen • WHEN: 6-9 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 2 • WHERE: Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport • MORE INFO: Call 433-2619 or visit www.kenancenter.org • COST: Admission is $8.