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Boston's own crafts show

Posted by Jan Shepherd  December 10, 2009 08:15 AM

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A coat by Seattle designer Marylou Oxbolt-Storer.

Bostonians don?t have to go to Philadelphia to experience a premier contemporary crafts show. This weekend?s CraftBoston Holiday is in the same league as the Philadelphia Museum of Art?s annual juried crafts show. Ninety crafts artists, many of whom exhibit at the Philly show, descend on the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama in the South End tonight through Sunday (12/10-13).

Sponsored by the nonprofit Society of Arts and Crafts (175 Newbury St., Back Bay ), the festivities begin with tonight?s benefit preview where smart shoppers get first dibs on gorgeous objects and wearables. Among the finds are blown glass by Matt Seasholtz, jewelry and hollowware by New Hampshire metalsmith Paulette Werger, coats by Seattle designer Marylou Ozbolt-Storer, scarves by New Mexico weaver Susan Neal, and leather jackets by Iota of Kentucky.

If you can?t make the craft show, check out the Society?s year-round Newbury Street galleries for work by some of the show artists and other top American craftspeople. The upstairs gallery?s current exhibit, ?From Minimal to Bling? (through 1/3), features imaginative jewelry guaranteed to turn heads when you wear it.

CraftBoston Holiday Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston. 617-266-1810. Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., preview party, $50-$250 at the door (includes weekend admission). Show hours: Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Good-all-weekend admission $15, seniors $13, society members $12; ages 12 and under free.

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