About Us - Overview
Since 1932, the League of NH Craftsmen has led the way in setting the standard and promoting fine craft throughout the United States and the world. Fine craft that is made by hand -- HERE!
The mission of the League is to encourage, nurture, and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
League members include more than 750 Juried Craftspeople working in a wide range of media from Baskets and Clay to Printmaking and Wood. Juried Craftspeople have met the League's rigorous standards for creativity, innovation, and technical expertise. They must also be a resident of New Hampshire or reside in a town in Maine, Massachusetts, or Vermont that has part of its town limits within ten miles of the New Hampshire border.
Anyone can become a Supporting Member. Our Supporting Members are those who enjoy collecting, learning about, purchasing, and supporting fine craft. They receive exclusive benefits including discounts and special invitations. We have a number of different levels of Supporting Membership to choose from. Our newly created Collectors Circle celebrates the achievements of New Hampshire craftspeople and honors the special relationship between craftsperson and collector. Click here to learn more about Supporting Membership and the Collectors Circle.
The premier event of the year is the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair. It always starts the first Saturday in August and runs for nine days. Held at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, the beautiful Dartmouth/Sunapee region of New Hampshire, the Fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet more than 350 craftspeople, learn more about craft through demonstrations and workshops, and treat yourself to a work of fine craft or get an early start on your holiday shopping.
You don't have to wait until August! You can shop all year at the seven League of NH Craftsmen fine craft galleries that are located throughout the state. Many of the fine craft galleries also hold classes, demonstrations, and workshops that are open to people of all ages and skill levels.
The League moved into its headquarters in the SMILE! building at 49 South Main Street, Suite 100, in downtown Concord, in August 2011. This important milestone enabled the League to update its headquarters and greatly enhance its education program through:
- The Craft Center
You can choose from a complete program of beginner, intermediate, and advanced craft classes taught by our experienced juried members and invited instructors.
- The Gallery
Four exhibits are held each year. We challenge our juried craftspeople to handcraft work based on a theme and they never fail to amaze with their imaginative creations.
You'll also want to mark your calendars so you don't miss any of these other events including...
- NH Open Doors
New Hampshire becomes the destination of choice when more than 300 craftspeople and other local businesses “open their doors and invite you in.” Scheduled this year on April 9 and 10 and November 5 and 6, you can visit craftspeople working in their studios, sample locally grown products at quaint restaurants and pubs, sip a glass of wine at a local vineyard, and when the day is done, relax at a cozy B&B. Check out the NH Open Doors website for participants, suggested itineraries, and maps.
- Members' Juried Exhibition
Juried and Supporting Members present new work at a juried exhibition which is held at The Gallery at League headquarters or at a host gallery in New Hampshire.
Other League opportunities include:
A tool to grow the League in a strategic fashion based on input/feedback with internal and external constituencies:
The League of NH Craftsmen is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization. Donations, memberships, and grant funding to the organization are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Thank you for your support!
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