After more than 50 years of hosting seasonal shows in Rochester, the Rochester Folk Art Guild artisans are shifting their focus to attract their followers to the Finger Lakes. They want to share their home, a beautiful farm set among rolling hills, with the public, which has up to now seen them in an urban school or church that they had set up for a weekend exhibit.
To this end, the Guild will reopen the East Hill Gallery for holiday shopping on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 from 11 to 5, and on Sunday, December 1, from 1 to 5. The Gallery showcases the Guild’s pottery, woodworking and toys, weaving, natural fiber clothing including eco-printing, handmade note cards, and books for all ages.
The East Hill Gallery is located at 1445 Upper Hill Road in Middlesex, a pleasant drive out from the city. Shopping in this unhurried setting provides a welcome alternative to the rush at the mall.
Then, the following two weekends, the craft studios will also be open, in addition to the Gallery. On December 7 and 8, and again on December 14 and 15, from noon to 4 all days, shoppers can tour the workshops and hunt for bargains. Pottery, Wood, Graphics and Weaving will be open with holiday treats. Clothing and Books will display in the beautiful Gallery space. There will be deep discounts and inventory clearance on many items. Homemade snacks will be available to refresh customers. This is a chance to do some serious shopping in a festive setting.
Directions and more information about the Rochester Folk Art Guild can be found at www.folkartguild.org and on their Facebook page, @thefolkartguild.