The 47th Annual Craneway Crafts Fair is a Bay Area cultural treasure, (formerly known as the KPFA Crafts Fair) which takes place in the gorgeous Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California the third weekend in December. The Fair benefits Berkeley’s KPFA 94.1 public radio – speaking truth to power daily!
The Fair showcases 180 juried and diverse exhibitors, including both master artisans and emerging newcomers. Their original art and crafts fill the pavilion along with fair trade and non-profit vendors, live entertainment by a roster of Bay Area musicians, and food catered by the local company GDC Kitchen (a minority, woman and veteran-owned catering business).
The Craneway Crafts Fair exhibitors present a remarkable array of holiday gift options for people of all ages. The artisans’ high quality, distinctive products include wearable textiles and contemporary ceramics, a wide range of unique jewelry, organic body products and artisan chocolates. There’s also luminous glasswork, compelling photography and painting, and functional and decorative gifts for the home.
As the Fair producer for the last 29 years, Jan Etre advocates for artists and the importance of their work in the wider community: “When you buy directly from the artist you are supporting his or her commitment to a lifestyle dedicated to creativity. You’re also participating in a rich interaction where you learn about the origin of the materials used, and how the piece was made. You bring home not only a unique gift item, but also the backstory of both the artist and the piece.”
The Craneway Crafts Fair provides an opportunity for the Bay Area community to support, enjoy, and be nourished by local artisans in much the same way it interacts with KPFA. Neither the Fair exhibitors nor KPFA receive corporate support, therefore both enjoy the freedom and creativity that independence allows.
For 47 years The Craneway Crafts Fair has helped sustain listener-funded KPFA radio. Founded in 1949 by Lewis Hill, a pacifist, poet, and journalist, KPFA was the first community supported radio station in the USA. KPFA currently airs public news, public affairs, talk, and music programming and is well-known for its progressive views. KPFA broadcasts live from the Craneway Pavilion from 9-noon both days of the fair, with program hosts conducting interviews with the artists, musicians, fair trade and non-profit vendors.
KPFA LIVE BROADCAST: KPFA will be broadcasting live from the fair from 9am to 11am both days. KPFA personalities will be hosting from the fair, conducting interviews with exhibitors.
ABOUT THE CRANEWAY PAVILION: Originally a Ford Motor plant, it was transformed in WWII for the war effort. On site is the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park Visitor Education Center, which opened in 2012 and will be open over the weekend. Admission is free to the visitor center. The Craneway’s natural light is stunning. It has received numerous awards for its architecture. Its location on the waterfront and 180 degree views of the San Francisco Bay are breathtaking. www.craneway.com.