The American Craft Exposition showcases outstanding works of art at Chicago Botanic Garden

The American Craft Exposition showcases outstanding works of art at Chicago Botanic Garden

The 35th Annual American Craft Exposition (ACE), a juried exhibition and sale of fine craft at Chicago Botanic Garden, features a variety of art including paintings, metal work, wood working, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art and more.

The show kicked off on a beautiful evening last Thursday with a gala preview party benefiting the North Shore University Health System.

Guests entering the garden for the preview event were serenaded by harpists from Healing String Music across from the Esplanade.

Harpist. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Harpist. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

From there they entered a large white tent where they were treated to a world of beautifully crafted works of art featuring over 145 artists plus a variety of menu items from green fried tomatoes and pizza to brisket and ravioli at food stations set throughout the show. There were also open bars and comfortable seating areas both outdoors and indoors.

Tables set in the bonsai garden. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Tables set in the Bonsai Garden. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The expo itself runs through Sunday, September 22. The show is spaced out from a tent at the north end of the Regenstein Center and continues to the Greenhouses. In addition, more art is located in rooms off to the sides.

Here’s a sampling of some of the craftsman you’ll see at the show:

Jewelry.

Jewelry

Sparkly winter wear.

Sparkly winter wear

One of a kind purses crafted from metal. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

One of a kind purses crafted from metal. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Unique wearable creations

Unique wearable creations

Beautiful bronzes

Beautiful bronzes

Unusual sculpture

Unusual sculpture

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is by three-day passes, $18 for Garden members and $20 non-members. A three-day pass with one-day parking is $35. General admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe) is free but parking costs $25 weekdays and $30 Saturday and Sunday.

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