westchestercrafts.jpg Prominent Curator Judith Schwartz to Lead Panel Discussion on Ceramics Friday at 1:30 WHITE PLAINS, New York --- Celebrating 15 years of bringing the finest of contemporary American craft into the homes and lives of New York Metro area and Hudson Valley residents, the Westchester Craft Show returns to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York on Friday, October 17 through Sunday, October 19. This year the show is participating in All Fired Up! A Celebration of Clay in Westchester, organized by the Westchester Arts Council, the Clay Arts Center and many other local cultural organizations.  As part of All Fired Up!, three ceramic artists exhibiting at the show will discuss their work at a program free to show ticket holders on Friday, October 17, at 1:30 p.m. The panel discussion will be moderated by prominent critic, curator, writer and educator Judith Schwartz, who is a professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York Universit y. In another program on Friday at 10:30 a.m., furniture maker Scott Grove will discuss contemporary furniture design and the materials and techniques he uses in the construction of his unique sculptural furniture. The Craft Show is a national leader among juried contemporary American craft shows. Attendees have the opportunity to meet and talk with 112 of the country's leading craft artists exhibiting exclusive, one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces. The show features beautiful hand-blown glass, delicate porcelain, precious metals, stunning ceramics, wearable art in the form of elegant jewelry, supple leather handbags, and sumptuous fibers in clothing, along with exquisitely handcrafted furniture and wood-turned vessels. "We are delighted to once again bring art lovers in touch with the world of American fine craft," said Betsy Kubie, founder of Crafts America, Inc. and organizer of the show. "Our 15th year here is a great time to celebrate the magic of hand-crafted art from all over the country, shown by the artists themselves in a rich array of color, texture and style. "Every piece in the show is a work of art, worthy of the attention of serious and casual collectors, as well as interior designers and homeowners. Works by many of the participating artists are represented in the permanent collections of museums, major corporate and private collections, and fine galleries across the country.Crafts America, Inc., of Greens Farms, CT, is a top independent presenter of craft shows nationally since 1987. The company also organizes two other high-end shows each year, the Washington Craft Show in November and the West Palm Beach Craft Show in March.These three shows are among the most prestigious American craft events in the country.Each year a new panel of distinguished judges assesses the highly competitive pool of established and emerging craft artist applicants based on technical skill, workmanship and originality. Sponsors of the Westchester Craft Show are Hudson Valley Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Westchester Home, Westchester Cottages and Gardens, and Connecticut Cottages and Gardens. Admission to the Westchester Craft Show is $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens.Show hours are Friday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Friday programs is included with admission. The Westchester County Center is located at the intersection of Routes 119 and 100 at the Bronx River Parkway, exit 5 off I-287, within easy walking distance of the White Plains train station. Further show information is available by calling Crafts America at (203) 254-0486, the Westchester County Center at (914) 995-4050 or by visiting www.craftsamericashows.com. Editor's Note: The Westchester Craft Show, one of the most prestigious craft events in the country now in its 15th year, is fast approaching on October 17-19. We would be delighted to set up interviews for you with some of the nationally recognized fine craft artists who will be exhibiting this year. If you have immediate interest, please let us know. We'll be calling soon and look forward to working with you. Photo Caption: Fiber artist Lori Bacigalupi of Norman, OK will show her sumptuous wearable art at the 15th annual Westchester Craft Show, October 17-19 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.  The Gold Standard 143 Bedford Road Katonah, NY 10536 914.232.6583 Fax 914.232.5227 E-Mail - Web Page