A stately 19th-century mansion and arts-viewing venue located on Locust Street in Lockport, the Kenan Center, is hosting its 44th annual 100 American Craftsmen, a three-day event, from May 30th through June 1. This lively festival happens all over the Kenan 25-acre campus – in the mansion, its gardens and the Kenan Arena.
This renowned, juried show and sale features fine handmade work by artists and artisans from all over the U.S. working in various media. Always of special note are the jewelers who make up the majority of the craftsmen. Expect an array of jewelry from classic to trendy-modern in a wide range of price points. The wearable art category includes scarves, clothing and artful accessories. Hand-tooled leather goods and handmade paper books and other objets d'arts are extraordinary. Exhibitors this year include 15 Roycroft Renaissance artisans, as well as emerging artisans getting their big break.
100 American Craftsmen features live music throughout its run: Skiffle Minstrels perform at the event's preview party, and Paul Hage Mirage plays jazz and multiculti beats from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday the duo NeoBossa (Don Metz on guitar and Michael Colquhon on flute) perform from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lewis & Klark Jazz Guitar Duo play from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and Ron Corsaro Trio plays jazz from 3 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, the final day of 100AC,, Caputi & Company hit the stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by Varuna from 2 to 5 p.m. – a bouncing medley of flamenco and Latin rhythms.
Food vendors are on site, and the event's traditional brownies and lemonade will be available: there is ample seating inside the venue to eat and rest one's weary feet. The Kenan Center also has plants for sale during throughout the weekend. 100AC happens 6 to 9 on Friday, 10 to 6 on Saturday, and 11 to 5 on Sunday. Admission is $6; $1-off coupons on the Kenan Center website and kids 12 and under are free.