Village of Yesteryear crafters, who showcase their work and time-honored heritage crafting skills during the annual State Fair, will have work on display for a year in the Raleigh Convention Center. On Monday, a number of crafters were moving in pieces of artwork and crafts for the kiosk window displays on the 300 Level of the convention center on both the Lenoir Street and Cabarrus Street sides.
The 10-foot-long kiosks are part of the outside walls of meeting rooms, and the exhibits can be seen from outside and inside the rooms. Wood carvings, handmade guns, tin lanterns, carved wooden bowls, gourd crafts, woven chair pads, corn shuck dolls, pottery, a handmade tile birdhouse, carved pipes, musical instruments and more will fill up the display cases.
“This is an incredible opportunity to have our work on display in the Convention Center, because it draws over 100,000 visitors annually to Raleigh,” said Pam Earp, who is superintendent of the Village of Yesteryear. “The mission of the Village is to keep these heritage crafts alive and to help educate people on the way things were made in the past. We hope visitors will enjoy the talents of some of our state’s finest crafters and will want to learn more about these heritage crafts.”