110 artists gather for Fair in the Park

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When people ask Jeffrey Moyer of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh the difference between art and craft, he responds with this: “There can be no art without craftsmanship, but there’s craftsmanship without art.”

Lisa Platt, who serves as guild president, says art boasts a different quality than craft. “It has a more elusive, subtle quality, but we demand it.”

Those looking to own well-made art will find it Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Craftsmen’s Guild Fair in the Park. Hours are 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The free event at Mellon Park in Shadyside will showcase the work of approximately 110 artists in many media. The event is celebrating its 45th anniversary and the guild turns 70 this year.

“This is the best of the best,” said Mr. Moyer, guild vice president. “But we’re rather biased.”

In addition to the art market, there will be a silent auction, food trucks, live musical performances and tents for children. Proceeds benefit the guild’s art education and scholarship fund.

“That’s one of our major commitments — community involvement and getting everyone in the family engaged,” said Mr. Moyer, who’s been with the guild for about five years.

It’s important to him that young people are exposed to art and he believes the fair is a perfect setting. Even dogs are welcome. Depending on the weather, as many as 15,000 people are expected to attend over three days.

“We think it’s the best of the best because of the quality of the art. And the setting is fantastic. It’s so quaint,” Ms. Platt said. 

Children and adults will be able to try different crafts and pet small animals from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. The 11 food vendors will offer everything from vegan and vegetarian cuisine to hearty meats.

“People should come hungry,” Mr. Moyer said.

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