Following an arduous year, the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show made its return for this year’s festival. Spanning the first two weekends of Piccolo Spoleto, the show aimed to bring original works in myriad mediums to art lovers. Creators hailed from all over the U.S. The Charleston Crafts Cooperative Gallery produced the event.
A beautiful canopy of trees hid the craft show from Meeting Street, giving it a more intimate and welcoming feel. The towering trees provided a visual separation between the Craft Show and other nearby events.
The Craft Show was held in Wragg Square, a space that came from the John Wragg estate in 1801. The show was also held here in 2019 and was scheduled here in 2020.
Stepping beyond the stunning greenery, visitors are surrounded by impressive art, talented artists and the sounds of Meeting Street fading away.
Vendors were divided into four rows of six to eight vendors, with aesthetic styles and artistic mediums intermixed. This organizational style encouraged visitors to work their way through each aisle, as opposed to making a beeline for a single vendor.
Mayako Blackburn’s art (above) has been part of the Spoleto Craft Show since 2018. Her charming pottery ranges from barbed planters to flower-embellished flatware.
This year was the first for artist Lisa Mote (below), whose colorful glasswork popped amidst the lushness of the park.
The return of the longstanding Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show was greatly welcomed this year. The 2021 show has ended, but the list of featured artists can be found online, along with much of their work.
Mackenzie Snell is a graduate student in the Goldring Arts Journalism and Communications program at Syracuse University.