Started in 2002, Chula League’s Cherrywood Art Fair (CAF) continues to provide fairgoers with 100 percent hand-crafted artwork by Texas artists while supporting the arts and artists in East Austin. This year’s CAF will be held 10am–5pm Dec. 9–10 at Maplewood Elementary (3808 Maplewood Ave).
After receiving a record number of applications, a panel of respected artist jurors has cultivated a balanced, high-quality show including an eclectic group of goods ranging from trendy accessories for kids and pets to original oil paintings, geometric jewelry and organic skincare products. The curated work is thanks to 2017 jurors: Amanda Lewis, a proud member of Austin’s maker community since 2011 and community organizer for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Richie Deegan, an Austin painter who has been described by the historic Haley & Steele art gallery in Boston as “...one of THE new artists to watch,” and Vincent X. Torres, curator and gallery director of Guzu Gallery and illustrator for Half-Human.
Grounded in East Austin, the proceeds from Cherrywood Art Fair will benefit its host Maplewood Elementary School and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST, a 10 week arts mentorship program where Chula League pairs up professional artists with students from East Austin elementary schools, teaching them how to turn an idea into art, and art into a business.
The 2017 Cherrywood Art Fair will represent a diverse selection of seasoned veterans and new promising artisans alike. Below is a sampling of the 90 artists whose booths will grace the halls and grounds of Maplewood Elementary School from 10am to 5pm on December 9th and 10th.
In addition to the unique items you will find for everyone on your holiday shopping list, Cherrywood Art Fair will host live music on Saturday with headliner Sour Bridges, engaging family-fun activities on Sunday, such as a performance by dance studio Flamencura and a weekend of Austin’s favorite food artisans including Mmmpanadas and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Both days will showcase a silent auction to benefit Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program featuring goods from each participating CAF artist and artwork from the Little Artists who participated in the mentorship program last spring.