A Bay Area cultural treasure benefiting KPFA 94.1 FM Public Radio, the Craneway Crafts Fair, formerly known as the KPFA Winter Crafts Fair, showcases 200 exhibitors presenting affordable art and crafts - original work made by hand and exhibited by the people who make it, as well as fair traders, live music, and a spacious, comfortable food court. This December marks our third year of return to the East Bay at the Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond Waterfront.
The Craneway Crafts Fair showcases the brightest talents in contemporary art and craft, highlighting both experienced and emerging designers who produce one-of-a-kind, handmade and limited edition goods in a wide variety of media. These artisans and craftspeople combine new and traditional techniques with modern design aesthetics to produce appealingly fresh and innovative work in a myriad of media. From jewelry, wearable’s and decorative textiles, ceramics, woodwork, glass, photography and painting, to gourmet food and body products, items in all price points will be presented.
KPFA Radio embraces diversity and supports communities through its programming. Similar discerning principles apply in the selection process of exhibitors for The Craneway Crafts Fair. The fair prioritizes a uniqueness of style, a high level of artisanship, craftwork created in studio (the artist/exhibitor must have an active hand in the making of their work), and represents as much variety as possible. Jan Etre has been an advocate of artists and craftspeople for 29 years: "When you buy directly from the artist you are actually supporting his or her commitment to a lifestyle dedicated to creativity. You’re also participating in a potentially rich interaction where you can learn about the origin of the materials and how the piece was made. It’s this crucial component that allows you to bring home not only a unique gift item, but also a story to go along with it.”
KPFA LIVE BROADCAST: KPFA will be broadcasting live from the Craneway Pavilion from 9am until noon both days. KPFA personalities will be hosting from the fair, conducting interviews with artists, musicians, and members of the non-profit community.
LIVE MUSIC: There will be live music at the fair from 12-5pm both days.
FOOD & BAR: Food concessions will range from hearty winter soups and sandwiches to specialty coffees, teas, and pastries, as well as a beer and wine bar.
FREE BART SHUTTLE - RICHMOND STATION: A free shuttle bus will run continuously from 9:30 am through 5:30 pm both days. (Fair hours are 10 am to 5 pm). Pick up the shuttle at the front of the Richmond BART Station. Please note: This shuttle is not wheelchair accessible. The #74 Transit Bus is wheelchair accessible.
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.