Entrepreneurial Show Folk Sell Their Wares, From Bath Salts to Picture Frames, at NYC ActorCrafts Fair June 18

News   Entrepreneurial Show Folk Sell Their Wares, From Bath Salts to Picture Frames, at NYC ActorCrafts Fair June 18
 
They are show folk with a passion for making art and crafts beyond what they create for the stage, and on June 18 their work will be for sale at the second ActorCrafts show in Manhattan.

Organizer Josef Reiter, a New York dancer and producer, is also a photographer who started a card company, The Hudson Street Card Co., nine years ago, while on the road with a national tour of Man of La Mancha. He knew first hand that finding a way to exhibit his products wasn't easy.

The idea of ActorCrafts started in 2003. "Since I know so many theatre folk who make such wonderful crafts and artwork, wouldn't it be great if we could all come together and have some sort of show featuring our other talents?," he said of the creation of the fair.

The first ActorCrafts took place in October 2004 and included 50 actor/artists exhibiting their work to approximately 300 attendees. The exhibitors were made up of performers, stage managers, dressers, musicians and more, exhibiting jewelry, pottery, photography, sculpture, paintings, furniture, clothing, dance wear and knitted items.

"This year I expect to have the same diversity of talents," Reiter said. "We had a wide variety of theatre pros take part, including several who were at the time working on Broadway."

Among this year's participants and their wares:

  • Actress Audrey Lavine's knitted garments, custom embroidery and beadwork, and extravagant crazy quilts
  • Salvatore Basile's lacquer and paintwork
  • Dancer and producer Josef Reiter's photography, note cards and picture frames
  • Barbara Marineau's whimsical dog "Harnets" — a cross between a harness and a vest for your pampered pooch
  • Jennifer Sagan's Artisans of Pennsylvania — furniture restoration and refinishing
  • Hawaiian and novelty shirts by Linda Cameron and Bob Knapp
  • Andrew Johns' painting and sculpting
  • Stage manager Lisa Jean Lewis' handcrafted and one-of-a-kind jewelry
  • Deborah Unger's homemade bath salts
  • Christa Justus' photography
  • Stage manager Leisah Swenson's unique metal sculpture Reiter said he hopes ActorCrafts continues to grow to a point where spinoff fairs can happen in cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles.

    The spring 2005 ActorCrafts fair will be held 10 AM-6 PM June 18 the Holy Cross School Gymnasium, 332 W. 43rd St., between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Admission is free. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is sponsoring the event.

    For more information, visit www.actorcrafts.com.

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