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American Craft Council’s show this weekend
by Caroline Young
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Artist Lynn Pollard stands next to one of her Indigo-dyed pieces at the Decatur Arts Festival. Pollard will be showing and selling her work at the American Craft Council Show this weekend.
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Artist Lynn Pollard stands next to one of her Indigo-dyed pieces at the Decatur Arts Festival. Pollard will be showing and selling her work at the American Craft Council Show this weekend.
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The American Craft Council will host more than 200 craft artists from Canada and the U.S. this weekend at the Cobb Galleria Centre near Vinings.

Council Marketing Director Pamela Diamond said there will be more than 80 new artists showing off their talents this year.

“It’s kind of the best of the best in their field,” she said.

The show, which is the largest indoor craft show in the Southeast, features contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor, and has been coming to Atlanta for 27 years.

Diamond said the Minnesota-based council hosts the oldest juried craft show in the country, and it started in San Francisco 37 years ago.

Juries change each year and are comprised of experts in all art fields, and each artist has to be juried in each year with “no guarantees,” she said.

“It has to do with the caliber of their work, innovation and quality,” Diamond said. “There’s always a nice representation of local artists, too,” she said.

Lynn Pollard, of Buckhead, will be selling her artwork for the first time at the Atlanta show. Her product is Indigo-dyed paper.

“They look like landscapes,” she said. “People see in them what it is they love.”

Pollard said she strives for her work to evoke feelings of calmness and serenity from whoever is viewing her artwork. After a few years of struggling through a divorce, Pollard said serenity is what she needed, too.

“I had to let so much stuff go. I had to let go of the fear of people not liking my work,” she said. “What I’m doing now is because of that fear.”

Pollard has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech in textile engineering, and has taught in the fiber program at Georgia State University, John C. Campbell Folk School and local craft centers. She has a natural dye studio where she produces her work.

“It all has to do with the chemistry of indigo. You can’t do this with any other dye because it’s a complex chemical reaction,” Pollard said. “It’s almost as if the vat is alive. Because of all of that, you get really complex looking images.”

She said her artistic role model is Ansel Adams, even though he is a photographer.

“Adams talked about ideal nature. That is the sense he is going for, … reaching into the self for the finest and most peaceful and serene feeling,” Pollard said.

A new addition to the show this year is “Make Room,” where modern design meets craft, Diamond said. The council collaborated with 10 top designers from metro Atlanta, five from Buckhead, who created room settings inspired by a craft object.

“Settings will be onsite for people to see. … It’s putting craft into context and helping attendees get an idea of how to incorporate craft into their homes,” Diamond said. “It’s a new frontier for interior designers when craft is undergoing an incredibly renaissance.”

If you go:

o What: American Craft Council Atlanta Show

o When: March 14 for Preview Party from 6 to 9 p.m., and March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

o Where: Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy.

o Tickets: $13 for one day, $20 for three days and $85 for preview party

o Information: http://shows.craftcouncil.org/atlanta
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