About the Fair
Bringing in the 48th year of the Fair in the Park which is presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh.
We are getting ready for another wonderful show. Preparations are underway! Here are some photos of the planning committee in action. It is a challenge to map out the Fair..... placement of the artist and sponsor tents, food trucks, music stage and children's activity tents.
This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival will take place September 8-10, 2017. The show hours are FRI: 1pm-7pm, SAT: 10am-7pm, and SUN: 10am-5pm.
A Fair in the Park is held in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art.
All Members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh are offered a booth space at A Fair in the Park. Each year approximately 60% of the artists at the Fair are Members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, who have become Members by passing a rigorous jury process. The remainder of the artists at A Fair in the Park are selected by a jury from a large pool of national and international applicants.
This is a free and open to the public held rain or shine.
This year's fair is presented by the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh with the participation of the following:
- Calliope - The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
- Guardian Storage Shadyside
- Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
- Whole Foods Pittsburgh
Thank you to our media sponsors:
- NEXT Pittsburgh
- Whole Foods Pittsburgh
Our Fair Director Carrie Nardini!
Carrie Nardini is an artist organizer. A self-proclaimed "Market-ress" her work centers on creating opportunities for artists to launch andgrow small businesses revolving around their unique talents. Carrie began crafting at a young age jumping from ceramics, to metals, to glass and settled on creating jewelry in ways that wouldn't burn down the house. She was able to experience the pop up artisan market life in high school, partnering with a professional metalsmith who provided her with apprentice work and an introduction to selling to the public. From there it was a constant - college work was as the manager of a bead department in a local shop resulting in creating more than 2,000 macraméd necklaces. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family and experiencing the ups and downs of self-employment helped to shape her sense of how a business's structure impacts more than just sales. So she completed the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh for additional theoretical and practical knowledge. When the opportunity arose to fill a need she saw in the Pittsburgh community her first brand, I Made It! Market was launched and has now been providing opportunities for artists for nine years. Carrie has since developed the Neighborhood Flea brand and helped to launch the Cleveland Flea and Propelle and is the Fair Director for the Pittsburgh Craftsmen's Guild's annual show, A Fair in the Park. She consults with emerging creative businesses in her spare time.