Start that holiday shopping

When you’re in search of singular gifts, shows featuring fine contemporary crafts can offer quite the hunting ground.

Artrider Productions, the veteran company perhaps best known for creating and producing Crafts at Lyndhurst, brings another event to Westchester with “Crafts at Purchase.” The show is set for Nov. 1 and 2 in (and to benefit) the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Featuring some 100 jury-selected artists, Crafts at Purchase is being produced in conjunction with The Prompters, the center’s volunteer corps.

Throughout the show, artists will be showing their one-of-a-kind and limited edition work in jewelry, clothing and accessories, home décor pieces and functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood and mixed media. In addition, there will be a special pop-up showcase of work from the Clay Art Center in Port Chester. Shop well!

And once you get on the crafts circuit, it’s hard to get off, so mark your calendars for “CraftWestport,” Artrider’s next event. Sponsored by the Westport Young Woman’s League, the show will be held Nov. 8 and 9 in The Fieldhouse of Staples High School. Some 175 fine contemporary craft artists and artisans will be on hand. The lineup is expected to include Danielle Gori-Montanelli, a Sarah Lawrence College graduate whose colorful felt jewelry was featured in WAG’s May “Flower Power” issue. An additional highlight will be the second annual offering of a special pop-up marketplace featuring local artists. Net proceeds from admission fees will be distributed to local charities by the Westport Young Woman’s League.

For more on both shows, visit

– Mary Shustack

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