Experience The Extraordinary at The Craftsmen’s
Classics Art and Craft Festivals!
The Craftsmen's Classic was founded 41 years
ago by the Gilmore family of Greensboro, NC. Clyde Gilmore, a
jewelry maker, wanted to create a "family" of artists
and craftsmen, nationwide, that could stage indoor festivals showcasing
their totally original works and interact one-on-one with the
public. The first such event, the "granddaddy" and prototype
of all the others on today's schedule, was the Christmas Classic,
Thanksgiving Weekend, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
There are now
10 Craftsmen's Classics held annually and throughout the year:
SC — Spring
Roanoke, VA — Fall
VA — Spring
Chantilly, VA — Fall
VA — Spring
Richmond, VA — Christmas
NC — Spring
Columbia, SC — Christmas
Beach, SC — Summer
NC — Christmas
Produced by Gilmore Enterprises, Inc., headquartered in the city
of Greensboro, the organization is managed by the late founder's
son, Executive Director Clyde Gilmore III, one of the crafts and
fine arts industry's most acclaimed and award-winning promoters.
The Classic events have been named more often than those of any
other promoter to the "100 Best" list by the prestigious
Sunshine Artist Magazine, the "Top 100" and "Top 200" Arts & Crafts Shows by ArtFair Source Book and have been named often as "Top
20 Events" by the Southeast Tourism Society. Gilmore can
also calculate success by the longevity of the Classics -- most
of which are in their 20th to 30th year or more -- and by the
tens of thousands of visitors that eagerly anticipate them and
attend, year after year.
The hallmark of the shows, from the beginning,
is creative excellence and absolute originality in every specialty.
Clyde and his wife,
Tami, design each Classic with a fine balance of crafts and
fine art and the specialties within those areas. There is careful
given to a balance of traditional and contemporary works as
well. More than 6,000 of the country's finest artisans are members;
depending on the size of the facility, there are between 250
450 participants in a Craftsmen's Classic show.
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in information on becoming a Classic exhibitor, please click
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information you need on our Classics, please contact us.
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