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Kenan Center’s ‘100 American Craftsmen’ celebrates 45 years

After 45 years, the Kenan Center’s popular “100 American Craftsmen” fair, which brings together pieces by artisans working in a diverse range of media, is going strong.

This year’s version of the event kicks off on Friday in the institution’s arena at 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport, and features 20 new and emerging artisans among the 100 included in the exhibition. New this year at “100 American Craftsmen” is a space organizers have dubbed the “Annex Market,” where work by students in SUNY Buffalo State’s design program will be prominently displayed. The student-focused show was organized by Buffalo State ceramics professor Colleen Toledano.

To complete the picture, the event also will feature more than a dozen food and wine vendors from across the region, as well as an herbal plant sale from 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday. And visitors also will have a chance to peruse the Kenan Center’s ongoing exhibition “Extraordinary Forms IV: The Ceramics Legacy of Robert L. Wood,” which runs through June 7.

Admission to “100 American Craftsmen,” which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, is $6, or free for children 12 and younger. Call 433-2617 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski

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