Jenkins Joins National Craft Committee

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Anne Jenkins, Milford artist and publisher/editor of the digital arts guide Art Strolls, now serves on the national steering committee for the annual American Craft Week (ACW) held in October.

“I was very honored and quite surprised to be invited. There are only eight members on the committee,” Jenkins said. “They are all heavy hitters in the art/craft world from North Carolina, Vermont and big art states. It’s exciting for me and a steep learning curve.”

Jenkins is a British citizen, born and raised in South Africa. She lived in six European countries and traveled the world extensively before settling in the United States. Anne is a self-taught artist and her acrylics and watercolors can be found in many private collections throughout Europe, Japan, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. In 2011 Jenkins moved to Milford, DE, opening her own gallery. She has been honored with numerous awards including the Established Fellowship for Folk Art by the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2013. From August through October in 2013, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE., exhibited her seven-panel installation on the Underground Railroad and five paintings in the Award Winners Show. Jenkins painted two of the 2″ X 4′ boats as part of the Downtown Milford Inc., ART on the Riverwalk Tour, a public art project.

The national celebration of all things creative generates huge publicity and fun activities in every state, and in 2015 there were also events in all the US Territories plus three foreign countries (US Army bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea). This year events will take place around the nation from 1-16 October plus there will be a special feature on young creatives, Rising Stars – 30 under 30. Nominations for Rising stars ends May 15. Nominations for Rising Stars,and applications to join the celebration, can be made at American Craft Week. The top 10 art towns in the country are voted for during the year and the list announced to great fan fare just before the event.

American Craft Week is a project of CRAFT (Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow) as an annual opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry lacked a single way to be highly visible until ACW was started a few years ago.

Jenkins said she will concentrate on promoting Delaware artisans and artists plus the Delmarva region, but also further afield like Louisiana and Georgia.

“We invite everyone to participate in American Craft Week, presenting an event centered on American craft is easy and fun,” ACW Founder, Diane Sulg, said. “ACW is an opportunity to spotlight the creative people and businesses in your community. Plus, you will be part of a lively, national program where events, inspiration and ideas are exchanged, publicized and celebrated.”

For more information, contact Anne Jenkins at (302) 393-6629, e-mail anne@artstrolls.com or visit http://ArtStrolls.com

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