STUFFThe 18th annual American Craft...

UNUSUAL, CREATIVE

February 18, 1994

UNUSUAL, CREATIVE STUFF

The 18th annual American Craft Council Craft Fair returns to the Convention Center and Festival Hall this weekend. More than 600 artists will be showing and peddling their wares during the three-day event that starts at 10 a.m. today.

Organizers say they're expecting wholesale and retail sales approaching $17 million -- from about 33,000 visitors.

In recent years, the selection of crafts on display has grown from the pottery and jewelry mainstays to include fashions, home furnishings and furniture.

Organizers say this year's offerings reflect a return to traditional styles -- but with a modern twist. For instance, glass styles that once strayed to the boldly experimental are now reflecting functional and simple forms.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. The cost is $7 or $12 for a two-day pass. Children under 12 are admitted free. Information: 962-1122. Take an indoor trek to the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center. While you're there, don't miss the "Footprints Through Expressions" exhibit featuring artwork by A. Juanita Maldonado and Dallin F. Smith and a videotape of Eric Dodson interviewing the artists through March 31.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 4:30 Sunday. Information: 837-4515.

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