Spring Crafts At Lyndhurst is an event not to be missed by all those who love original creative works by on site artists. Once again, artisans are coming from all over the country to sell their unique wares.
Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, N.Y., provides an elegant backdrop for the festivities. Built in 1838, and once owned by Jay Gould, the striking Gothic Revival mansion and surrounding park are now open to the public.
This is the 26th year of this prestigious fundraiser for the National Trust For Historic Preservation, and there is every indication that the event will be even bigger and better than ever. For example, there’s going to be an expanded specialty food section. To those who like to snack as they walk around the grounds of the 67 acre Lyndhurst estate, this is especially good news. For all of us who need a place to stop and rest occasionally, we will certainly congregate around the varied selection of food and drink available.
Many guests take advantage of the opportunity to connect with the vendors. These seasoned professionals encourage curiosity, and they are extremely knowledgeable about their offerings.
Over 300 contemporary artists from around the country will congregate to offer the best in limited edition sculpture, jewelry, household decoration, fashion, wood, ceramics and photography. The artwork and crafts are ever changing, and there are lots of new items for sale from these innovated craftspeople. Collectors, art enthusiasts, and browsers are all welcome.
When it comes to successfully selling her products at the fair, Susan Obrant is a seasoned vet and a perennial favorite. Her enthusiasm is catching. She says of Lyndhurst, “What I love is that, with their years of expertise, they can attract an audience that truly appreciates the work. I’m going to have a corner booth, where my fully outfitted mannequins will seemingly mix in with the crowd. The adventuresome people will try on something right off the mannequin, and see how well the clothing moves.”
Asked about her vision, Obrant describes it as, “Sophisticated, edgy, abstract art you can wear. I call my clothing collection One Of A Kind Crochet Creations. Though I’m not showing my two dimensional artwork here, I do feature frameable art cards which can be used for gifts.”
Obrant is also an accomplished portrait artist, and has had three commissions from her showing at Lyndhurst last season.
One of the most engaging aspects of the Fair is to provide ideas and inspiration. In addition, there’s fun for the whole family, including children’s events and live music throughout the weekend.
There are always artists new to the scene. Angelica Cammarota’s first showing was at the autumn show last year. She is renowned for her outstanding metal jewelry. Each piece is painstakingly handmade and exquisite, and Cammarota is developing a nationwide reputation with discerning shoppers.
In Angelica’s own words, by participating at Lyndhurst, “I’ve established great clients from that event, and I look forward to doing the same this coming weekend. I am a goldsmith, and I specialize in making one-of-a-kind pieces. My work is very diverse, because I am interested in all aspects of jewelry making, whether I’m melting down and alloying my gold, or carving little sculptures out of wax. I am always studying new techniques, so my work is constantly changing. My clients like to keep in touch with me to find out what I’m working on next.”
Spring Crafts At Lyndhurst has long been a Mecca for shoppers who enjoy purchasing the unique one-of-a-kind items offered, while strolling the scenic grounds.
Spring Crafts At Lyndhurst. Located ½ mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge toll plaza of the NY State Thruway, on Route 9 in Tarrytown.
Come rain or shine, the schedule is:
Friday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General Admission is $10 per person; Seniors, $9; Children 6-16 $4, children under 6 admitted free of charge. Please note: No dogs allowed.
Free on-site parking available; off-site parking with complimentary shuttle buses.