More than 40 years ago a jewelry maker named Clyde Gilmore from Greensboro, North Carolina had an idea: Give artists and craftsmen from across the country a place to showcase their work. His dream of bringing a family of creative designers together was realized when he scheduled the very first Craftsmen’s Classic in 1973. He called the event the Christmas Classic, and it took place Thanksgiving weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum.
There now are nine Craftsmen’s Classic™ Art & Craft Festival shows every year across the Carolinas and Virginia, including one in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In this summer event, hundreds of original works of arts will be displayed by designers, craftsmen, sculptors and painters, jewelers, leather workers, woodworkers and other creators of artistic wonders. These talented exhibitors come from all walks of life and welcome curious onlookers to stop by their design area. Visitors can see the creative process at work, ask questions and even buy an original piece of art. No matter your taste or budget, you can always find something traditional or contemporary to take home as your own.
Every Craftsmen’s Classic show consistently scores high marks while earning both praise and awards. In fact, it’s one of the “100 Best Shows in the Nation.” The Southeast Tourism Society says the festival a “Top 20 Event,” while Sunshine Artist magazine dubs it one of the “200 Best” shows around.
Craftsmen’s Classics are produced by Gilmore Enterprises, Inc. and managed by Executive Director Clyde Gilmore III. Mr. Gilmore is one of the most respected, acclaimed and award-winning promoters in the fine arts and crafts industry. His devotion to putting on top-notch shows is evident in all the awards his company has earned.
Most Craftsmen’s Classic shows can support between 250 and 450 participants, depending on the space available at the venue. There are now more than 6,000 members in the Gilmore family of artists.
If you like to create original works of art from scratch you should definitely consider getting a booth and entering this year’s Craftsmen’s Classic™ Art & Craft Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to exhibitors who have been there before, the Gilmores set the standard when it comes to giving them the spotlight to show off their work.