Artists in Action at the Puyallup Fair

Puyallup, WA – Sept. 2, 2009 – Come watch artisans show off their hands-on expertise at the Artists in Action department, located at the west end of the Merchant’s Building under the Grandstand, during the Puyallup Fair, Sept. 11-27.

Fair guests get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how finished art is created by watching artisans as they demonstrate the tricks of their talent, be it pottery, weaving, jewelry, spinning, raw fibers, knitting, and even basket weaving. Artists in Action is a one-stop shop for quality, hand-made items.

Artists and patrons have come together from all over the northwest for more than 30 years, and they say it is the personal connection created by the experience that keeps them returning year after year. “The value and quality of the work produced during the Fair can be found no where else,” said Artists in Action Superintendent, Betty Bell.

“Our customer base is tremendously supportive,” she said. “It is gratifying to watch the artist make the product right before the buyer’s eyes.” Bell added that shoppers will find gallery quality products and ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. There is also a will-call available for customers to hold their purchases while they visit the Fair. 

The huge appeal of this feature at the Puyallup Fair is the interaction between the artist and shopper instead of a product being mass-produced. The Fair began this department as a pottery co-op in 1978 and since that time, has welcomed other crafters to practice and share their talents with Fair guests.

 The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest tradition is one of the top ten fairs in the world in attendance, and features big name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 11-27, 2009 Puyallup Fair, visit www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.

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