Saturday, September 10, 2011

Basketry at the Sogn Valley Craft Fair--Jill and Paul Scarpari

Paul and Jill Scarpari both love the craft of basketry and have been weaving for fifteen and twenty years, respectively.

I enjoy creating baskets using all types of basket weaving techniques-flat, rib, coiling and even twills. Paul concentrates on flat weave and especially larger baskets that are useful in the home. We both agree that baskets are meant to be used, that is the tradition of basketry-useful art.--Jill Scarpari

The Scrapari's business, Scrap Baskets has a wide variety of baskets available-from bread baskets to hampers to wine carriers and sculptures.

Find the Scarpari's and their baskets at the Sogn Valley Craft Fair on October 1st and 2nd, 2011.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

2011 Sogn Valley Craft Fair

Sogn Valley Craft Fair is a Minnesota tradition; 2011 marks our 39th year bringing fine art, crafts and local and artisinal foods in a beautiful country setting.

Mark your calenders! Date for SVCF for 2011:
Saturday, October 1sr, 10 am- 5 pm
Sunday, October 2nd, 10 am-5 pm

Sogn Valley Craft Fair is special.

SVCF is located in Minnesota's Sogn Valley in Southeastern Minnesota. The Sogn Valley landscape is rolling hills, farmland, forests and small fast-moving rivers and streams. For many Twin Citians a trip to SVCF is a chance to both shop for excellent artwork and crafts AND get away from the city--but not too far. SVCF is just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities and it's a lovely drive. In early October the trees will be changing colors and you might see some deer or wild turkeys on your way down.

SVCF is an intimate juried show. That means our artists are invited to the show based on the quality of their work with an eye towards representing diverse media. Our artists include a wide variety of potters,including those working in raku, porclein and stoneware, functional and sculptural pottery, jewelers working in silver and gold and beads, painting, photography, basketry, fabric artists, metalwork and more. Visitors can definitely expect to view all of our artists work during a morning or afternoon at the Fair.

SVCF is free! No admission fee and no parking fees.

SVCF was supporting local and artisinal foods long before it was the hip thing to do. Raw Minnesota wildflower honey, organic produce, indian corn, pumpkin ands seasonal garden items, handmade jams, relishes, caramels and mnore are part of the mix.

We feature local music. You might find a band set up in the barn or maybe strolling among the crowds.

Directions. Click here.
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Photo of Dawn Makarios, potter and hostess for the Sogn Valley Craft Fair in her studio. You can tour Dawn's granary studio and check out the kilns at the fair.