New Hampshire

Exploring the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

Artists and art lovers alike come together every year for the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.

By Bethany Bourgault

Jul 24 2017

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

Artist Steven Zoldak hard at work, demonstrating some of his expert clay and pottery techniques.

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The League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is no ordinary craft fair. It’s a celebration of a longstanding and still-growing community of artists, a time and place for them to showcase their products alongside hundreds of their fellow craftsmen. It’s an interactive exhibition, filled with demonstrations, classes, and knowledgeable artists eager to share their techniques with the world. It’s large enough to attract internationally renowned craftspeople, yet small enough to carry the very best essence of both New Hampshire and New England. Perhaps most importantly, though, it’s an opportunity for the New England community to come together and marvel at the truly remarkable talent of their local artists.
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
This year’s League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair runs from August 5 – 13, 2017.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The fair is located on the grounds of the beautiful Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
These tents fill with over 280 artists and 25,000 visitors.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
While you’re enjoying the art, don’t forget to also enjoy the setting!
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With such renown comes a fair share of popularity — the event attracts over 25,000 visitors each year. Add that to the 280+ artists, and suddenly Mount Sunapee transforms into a bustling hub of all things art for nine days.
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Check out the cafeteria inside the Sunapee Lodge, one of several lunch and snack options on the premises.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Live music adds to the festive feel. The High Range Band kept visitors entertained during my visit in 2016.
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Visiting the fair can easily fill a day, so plan accordingly! Workshops, demonstrations, multiple food options, and live music are among the fair’s attractions. A tasting tent features local companies like Fuller’s Sugarhouse, Cabot Cheese, LaBelle Winery, and King Arthur Flour. “Lunch and Learn” seminars give visitors the opportunity to chat and dine with expert craftsmen. And of course, what better place to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, or yourself? You never know what you’ll find! Due to the incredible number of participating artists, it would be impossible to feature each one. That just means you’ll have to check out the fair and see them all for yourself! Here’s a sampling of what you could find at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair.
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Artist Steven Zoldak hard at work, demonstrating some of his expert clay and pottery techniques.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The contemporary fiber art of Tarja Cockell.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Fiber sculpture and wall hangings by Suzanne Connor.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Wood artist William Frost celebrated his 90th birthday during the fair.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Visitors had the opportunity to try their hand at this particular type of weaving.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Ceramic work by Sibel Alpaslan.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Multiple artists showcased their work in the fair’s sculpture garden.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
This vest by Robert Dorr won a “Best Of” award from the fair’s jury.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Sandra White uses strips of paper and a technique called “quilling” to create her art.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Samuel Wild creates signature whimsical details on his pottery. Wild has participated in the fair for 40 years, making him its longest-tenure artist.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Patricia Woodbridge creates homes fit for fairies.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The work of first-time fair participant Roger Myers has won multiple awards from around the region.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Enchanting lanterns by Raymond Farrell.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The work of multiple artists was showcased in the “Living with Craft” exhibit.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The NH Art Association joined the fun, too. Their tent was full of paintings and photographs by their members.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The New Hampshire Weaver’s Guild taught visitors how to weave on a loom. I got to try my hand at it, too!
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Multimedia slate work by Michael Updike. Check out our recent peek into his studio!
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Future ukuleles by Michael McCarten.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Some of McCarten’s finished works.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Colorful scarves by fiber artist Melinda LaBarge.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Another ready-to-wear piece by Melinda LaBarge.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Stoneware candle houses by MaryLyn Yonika. Many of her pieces depict classic New England architectural styles.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Porcelain pottery by Mary Ann Geis.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Sculpture artist Mark Ragonese conducted classes and demonstrations on his outdoor sculptures.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Stoneware by Lorraine Dilmore.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Unique jewelry by Lochlin Smith.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
The colorful work of Linda Jacque is sure to delight anyone.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Natural stonework by Lee Spiller.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Always something going on at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair!
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Exquisite gold and metal weaving by Lauran Sundin.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Charming garden accessories by Kathy Patten Hanson.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Metal work by Joseph DeRobertis.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Pottery by Iris Minc.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Painting and printmaking by first-time fair participant Hannah Phelps.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Boulder opals mined from Australia by the Kalled Gallery team. See what the finished products look like here.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Unique wood products like shawl pins and crochet hooks by Stephen Willette.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
This piece of wood turning by Donald Briere won one of the fair’s “Best Of” awards.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Tie-dye wearable art by Clover’s Colorful Creations, one of the fair’s “Next Generation” participants.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Print work by Catherine Green.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Handmade hats by Carrie Cahill Mulligan.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Fine painting by NH Art Association member Carole Keller.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Silk work by Betty Lathrop.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Pottery by Andy Hampton.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
First-time fair participants Steven and Annette Frye showcased their wearable felt fashions.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
First-time wood worker Aaron Clapp uses natural wood in his pieces.
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League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
“Peppersass,” the first train to climb Mount Washington, celebrated its 150th birthday during the fair. Peppersass was instrumental in constructing the Cog Railway.
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There’s so much to see and do at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair. In the meantime, you can check out any of the League’s shops, located throughout New Hampshire and open year-round.
League of NH Craftsmen's Fair
Where to next?
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Have you ever been to the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair? This year’s fair runs from August 4 – 12, 2018. Let us know! League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair.www.nhcrafts.orgThis post was first published in 2016 and has been updated.

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