Artisans to provide variety at the Annual Art and Craft Market

The Arts & Craft Market at the 56th Annual Beaufort Water Festival is a handcrafted market, organized by Bonnie Thompson and in its third year of a redesigned juried art and craft application.

To apply, Thompson and her team request the applicant send in pictures of his or her raw product, product 50% complete and a picture of them working on the product, as well as a completed product and booth set-up requirements. This ensures all products are indeed handmade. Not all applicants are accepted.  Decisions are made on originality, quality and space availability.

The Arts & Craft Market at this year’s festival will accommodate weekly and weekend artisans, providing a different variety of arts and crafts each day.

This year, the market has a total of 57 artisans, 34 of whom are from South Carolina. The other artists are from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Hawthorne Leather, shown in the photo, has been attending the festival for the past 25 years.

The market will be Friday, July 15, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, July18-21, 12-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23; 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

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