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KPFA FM Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Largest Juried Holiday Crafts Fair in Northern California;

Fair’s Unique Offering of Fine Crafts, Dedicated Artisans and Social/Eco- Consciousness
Remains Relevant for Generations of Loyal Patrons

 BERKELEY, CA, September 28, 2010—KPFA FM’s Crafts Fair turns 40 this year and fair organizers are gearing up for the best event ever.  Befitting this significant milestone, the fair returns to the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 Eighth Street), located in San Francisco’s 10-block design district. More than 200 artists and craftspeople from California and the western states will showcase their fine crafts and works of art on December 11 and 12, 10am to 6pm.

“We’re so honored and proud to reach this wonderful milestone,” said Jan Etre, fair organizer for 22 years. “From humble beginnings, this fair was designed to showcase the work of local artists and craftspeople, reflecting the creativity and socio-political zeitgeist of the Bay Area.

Over the years, we have seen these artists make incredible strides and—with the advent of technology— expand their scope of work to encompass astonishing new mediums. We are also working with some of the daughters and sons of these artists as they follow in the same creative path as their parents.”

This event fulfills one of KPFA’s missions, that of encouraging diversity.  It arose out of the cultural revolution of the 1960’s, and in the ensuing 40 years, it has grown into the largest juried holiday event of its kind in the Bay Area. “The KPFA Crafts Fair enables a vital exchange between the maker of the work and the users of it,” explains Etre.

This year, patrons will have the opportunity to interface with and support nearly 100 new exhibitors.  These artisans will join the cadre of 125 exhibitors who have been a part of the Fair in years past.

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