Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market
27th Annual Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market
Dates: March 15-17, 2013
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 6:00, Sunday 10:00-5:00
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Virginia Beach Convention Center Map and Directions
Admission: $6.00 for adults (children under 12 free) Free parking and shuttle bus in the convention center parking lots. Receive 50¢ off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Sign up for discounted admission coupons and show preview emails
Please be sure to check out this year's sponsors:
Southern Auto Group - Virginia's Auto Group for Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, GMC, Kia, Volkswagen, Lincoln and used cars. Dealerships serve the regions of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. See link for locations.
Alive Chiropractic - Alive Chiropractic's Virginia Beach office is dedicated to the health and wellness of your entire family. They pride themselves in giving you the best chiropractic care in the state. Their patients choose the Virginia Beach chiropractic treatment clinic because they want a natural approach to better health and wellness. Their Virginia Beach office enjoys high levels of patient satisfaction because we thoroughly explain everything and get results. They always offer high quality wellness care. ..but don’t take our word for it, as you try to find your chiropractor, stop by the office and find out for yourself! Remember that your body is able to heal itself when there is no nerve interference.
The Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market features over 150 fine artists and craftspeople from across the nation offering fine arts, handcrafted jewelry, wood, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, clothing, toys, folk art and specialty foods. Exhibitors introduce new lines and special accessories for the home and garden including wrought iron, welcome wreaths, garden statuary, birdhouses, outdoor furniture, pottery and wind chimes.
Meet the artisans, learn the stories behind their work and shop for the best in fine arts and fine crafts - from simple to lavish - you'll find one-of-a-kind creations for every budget.
A long-time customer said: "I found beautiful art work for my home, unique stepping stones for my garden, cute accessories for my daughter's room, a gift of jewelry for my friend and the perfect scarf for my mother for Mother's Day."
Each piece is a creation from the skilled hands of an American craftsperson. Each purchase supports the history and tradition of true American craftsmanship.
In addition, Heritage Celebration!, an area of educational demonstrations by local craft designers and guilds, has been a huge success since its premier presentation in 1997. See and interact with local craft guild members in the gallery. These gifted artisans will demonstrate the techniques and skills used to produce quality American-made crafts. Live demos include: knitting, spinning, sewing, beadwork, quilting, woodcarving and wood turning just to name a few. Bring the kids and let them watch a crafter turn a simple slab of clay, block of wood, or skein of yarn into a stunning and functional work of art.
March is National Craft Month!
Be sure to check out the “You Make It! Craft Central” areas. Join in and try your hand at several projects being offered for the first time during the event!
- 7 Cities Crafters will be teaching several make and take craft projects for all ages- booth 388
- Kathy Rose will demonstrate and allow others to try their hand at coloring mandalas – booth 292
- Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia will assist children in making beeswax candles – booth 428
Craft Supply Swap
Clean out your Craft Closet and Get Prepared for a Craft Supply Swap! Join other crafters who are downsizing craft supplies and swapping for their latest needs! Bring your unwanted craft supplies to the event and swap out for what you are looking for. Each bag of supplies will allow you to scavenge for that same amount in exchange. Come early for best swapping! Yes – we will already have a good supply that we have been pulling together over the last few weeks for you to work your way through!
Bring some take some! All left over craft supplies will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Notable new artists include:
- Marion Karnes debuts her unique metal wreathes in wonderful spring colors
- Jackie Jackson with handcrafted fabric wall hangings
- Linda Bennet with her soft floral paintings and prints
- Daryl and Jane Rantz will bring many hand painted slate signs to beautify your yard or door!
- Michelle McAndrews & Maria Cano team up to bring you embroidered towels and cute wine bibs and hats
- Marsha Rode has been busy fashioning her popular “prissy pants” for little girls as well as some dynamic enamel jewelry
- Susan Spivey of Mountain Mist will have fragrant soaps, salt scrubs, sprays & body balms
Returning favorites include:
- Lavida Rowe with her whimsical primitive dolls
- Red Rocker Candy returns with their famous “Front Porch Mix”-- it's addicting!
- Gerry Blanks will bring all new spring and nautical designs on her painted windows
- Christine Wengler with Trafton's Chocolates brings back her cute little chocolate bunnies
- 7 Cities Crafters – These ladies are true crafters with a wide range of talent. This year they will be assisting us with our Craft Supply Swap! Bring craft supplies you no longer need. Swap them for something new to complete that craft project at home
- A. B. Hunter – A true veteran of EMG's shows (25+ years), will return with a full selection of outdoor furniture such as Adirondack chairs and swing sets that will enhance any back yard or deck.
Old friends returning from years back:
- Donna & Charles Ryan of Salem Collectibles – Tole Painted Signs and Plaques
- Audrey Hauserman Quilt Designs – Quilts!
- Barbara and Don Sinclair return with many brightly painted eggs, bunnies and spring themed figurines.
- Lynn Ryan with her incredible hand woven baskets
- Kary Carr with her seaside themed ceramics
Events Management Group, Inc. works with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia helping needy families by collecting donations of canned goods. For 50 cents off admission bring one or more cans of food to donate to the Food Bank.