NewslettersRuby Lane's newsletters are designed to celebrate the antiques and art, vintage collectibles and jewelry communities around the world. Our Past Times newsletter focuses on antiques and collectibles. Our Creative Hands newsletter celebrates fine art and handcrafted jewelry on Ruby Lane. Our shop owners are frequent article contributors, sharing their expertise and their passions for the items they collect and create. Enjoy!
Subscribe Now to our Newsletters
"Creative Hands" newsletter for July 2002
Ruby Lane's monthly newsletter celebrating the Arts & Crafts
Welcome to Creative Hands!
IN THIS ISSUE:
o Arts and Crafts - The Journey
o July Show Sampler: Fine Arts and Arts & Crafts Shows
o Share Creative Hands With A Friend
As the wheels of progress turn, the further removed we become
from the past, new ideas become old ideas and old ideas become
obsolete. Progress, even in all its glory, has taken its toll
on artists and craftsmen. The old ways have become obsolete and
artisans and craftsmen have all but disappeared. Machinery has
come to take their places. There are very few people today who
are willing to learn a specific craft or to toil for long hours
to create something with their hands. But, these individuals do
exist, people who still find wonder and satisfaction in
producing a thing of beauty. Their time is as precious as yours
and mine but the need to create is strong and so they continue
in spite of progress.
The industrial revolution of the 19th century had the same
effect on artists and crafters as it does today. Things were
changing at a rapid rate and not everyone was pleased with the
results of the new era of machines. Design and quality
workmanship had been replaced with cheap imitations. This was
not acceptable to many individuals and they joined together and
put voice to their feelings. The results were to become known
as the Arts and Crafts movement. It was an ideal, not just a
style. Groups of artists, designers and social reformers argued
that the industrial revolution took away the freedom to be
creative and turned workers into mere tools, they noted the
workers no longer found satisfaction in their work. They
claimed using men as machines stripped them of their dignity and
pride, and their lives suffered because of this. The reformers
wanted a more natural way of producing items of beauty. With
great tenacity and vision they were able to rally their
followers. Once again, artists and crafters turned to nature
and to the past for inspiration; and quality became as important
Today we look with awe upon a handmade object. We see its
beauty and know intuitively the item has special qualities.
Contained within is the soul of the artisan, the time and effort
taken is evident and we know its value. It is not like all the
others, it is one of a kind and an old idea has become new again.
Here's a list of upcoming shows around the U.S. featuring fine
art and handmade items:
Aug 2-4, 2002 Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival Hildene
Meadows, Manchester, VT
Aug 2-4, 2002 2002 Craftsmen's Classic Arts & Crafts Festival
Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC August 4, 2002
Valentown Peddlers Market Victor, NY
Aug 4-5, 2002 Park Ave Summer Art Festival Rochester, NY
Aug 9-11, 2002 Shadyside Art Festival Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 10-11, 2002 Art in the Park Summer Festival Main Street
Park, Rutland, VT
August 16-17, 2002 Elburn Days Craft Sale "Downtown" Elburn, IL
August 17-18, 2002 Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show Mt Gretna, PA
*2000 Top Ten Judges Choice Award
Aug 31-Sep 2, 2002 Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts Festival
Powers Crossroads Newnan, GA
Aug 31-Sep 1, 2002 Labor Day Craft Show Wildwood Convention
Center Wildwood, NJ
Aug 31-Sep 2, 2002 Meet the Artists & Artisans Olde Mistick
Village Mystic, CT
Aug 31-Sep 1, 2002 Art & Craft Show Dillard City Hall Grounds
Aug 31-Sep 2, 2002 Arts & Crafts Labor Day Weekend C.W. Post
College Brookville, NY
Sept. 7 & 8, 2002 Beaux Arts Fall Fair (downtown on Second St.
between Brady & Ripley) Davenport, Iowa
Sept. 21 & 22, 2002 Green County Cheese Days Arts & Crafts Show
Monroe Middle School Campus 1510 13th St. Monroe, Wisconsin
Did you enjoy this issue of Creative Hands? Do you know others
who would enjoy receiving it? We invite you to forward this
issue to those you know who also appreciate and enjoy arts &
We are one of the largest Internet sites for collectors, with an
active community of hundreds of shops from all over the world
offering antiques, fine art, arts & crafts, and collectibles.
Ruby Lane displays quality inventory in over 2,000 categories.
Visit us at www.rubylane.com
If you have a suggestion on how Ruby Lane can better serve you,
or if you have an article you would like to submit or a subject
you would like us to cover in an upcoming issue, contact us at
email@example.com Creative Hands is a strictly
opt-in email newsletter with verified subscribers. Advertising
inquiries are welcome!
For previous newsletters, view the Creative Hands Archives.
Subscribe Now to our Newsletters
© 1998-2013 Ruby Lane Inc. ® All Rights Reserved.
Press the Back button on your browser to return to the previous screen.