Monday, December 8, 2008

American Craft Show awards

Organizers of the 16th annual American Craft Show, held over the weekend, announced its picks for the Award of Excellence. The award is given for recognition of creativity and quality of the artists' works.

Only four were honored out of the 175 juried artists. They are:

Robert J. Farrell of Venice, Fla., a designer of sterling silver jewelry and “tabletop objects of heirloom quality," who won the award for both his work and the design of his display booth.

Susan Gott, a Tampa-based artist, who is well known for her sculptural glass installations.

Marcia Phillips of Goshen, Mass., who specializes in handwoven clothing.

Pat Pruitt of Paguate, N.M., a jewelry designer participating in the Sarasota American Craft Show for the first time.

- January Holmes

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