Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Nevadaween Nevada Day and Halloween at The Fort

The Friends of the Fort have invited us to display our handmade creations at their Nevadaween celebration.  This is a first for the Guild and we hope that it will be a wonderful experience for the attendees and our members as well.
Here's a blurb about the event:
Sat, Oct 29, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
    Old Las Vegas Fort State Historic Park, East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV
  • Nevadaween combines the fun of Halloween and celebrates the Birthday of Nevada! Family fun activities start at 9:00am with Pumpkin painting, and a Children’s Costume Contest for ages up to 12 years old at 10am, Soup Cook-off at 11am, and MORE!
  • Las Vegas Crafter Guild will be there with handmade items for sale. Las Vegas Metro Trunk-n-Treat, McGruff, Pumpkin Bowling, Haunted House, Raffle Prizes and a Nevada Birthday Cake. 
  •  Admission is only $1 and children 12 and under are free. The Old Fort is located at 500 E. Washington Ave, Las Vegas. (Next to Cashman Center)
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Photos From The Old Fort Craft Show - April 30, 2016

    Thank you to the Friends of the Fort for allowing our members to display their handcrafted items at your historic site. 

    Here are  photos of some of the beautiful items that were on display and for sale. 

    Boho bag by North Shore Collection - Sold
    Wreath and Centerpiece by Sew So Crafty - Donna Sawyers
    Zip Bags by Purses by Linda
    Daiper Cake by Sew So Crafty - Donna Sawyers

    Wood Spoon Angels by Teri Felts

    Scented Gel Candles by NVious Candles

    Handmade baskets by High Desert Artisan Baskets
    Jeff Murchin

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Asian Flowers Festival Marketplace


    For the second year in a row, members of the Las Vegas Crafters Guild displayed their artisan wares at the Asian Flowers Festival Marketplace at the Sahara West Library.
    The weekend was filled with cultural events - tea tasting, martial arts demonstrations, Japanese koto playing, Chinese lion dances, painting classes and the craft marketplace.  Lilly's Thai food was available for hungry visitors to purchase.
    Sahara West Library is the perfect venue for cultural and artisanal events because of it's location, ample parking and easy access.  Their staff have always gone out of their way to provide the outstanding customer service to our members. 
    We are so thankful for having been invited back for the second year.
    Here's some pictures of  the works that were displayed and  for sale at this event.


    Sunday, April 24, 2016

    Our First Show at The Old Fort State Museum April 30, 2016

    We are having our first craft show at the Old Fort Museum at 500 E. Washington this coming Saturday, April 30th. 
    If you have not visited this museum it should be put on your must see list.  It is located along the cultural corridor on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Neon Museum and the Natural History Museum.
    Here is a link to more information about this beautiful facility:
    The setting is lovely and will provide a perfect backdrop for our artisans.  Besides having our talented artists displaying their creations for sale,  the Friends of the Fort will have strolling musicians, a Boy Scout Troop selling food and drinks, and activities for children.
    What a great way to spend a Saturday - history, music,  creative arts, nature and food.
    Bring a friend and visit a hidden gem.

    Friday, March 18, 2016

    The Purple Monkey, A Locally Sourced Gift and Craft Shop In Old Henderson

    The Purple Monkey
    Frances Ginty and her partner, Donald Kauffeld are the proud new owners of The Purple Monkey, located on Water Street in the historical district of  downtown Henderson.

    The Purple Monkey is a charming gift, clothing, and home décor shop that carries handmade items created by local Nevada artisans. 

    Home décor items include original refurbished furniture, original paintings and drawings, repurposed pallet home accessories, decorative wreaths, bottle art and drinkware, mixed media wall art and more.

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    The Art of Craft Exhibit at the Summerlin Public Library through December 6, 2015.

    The following was the address given at the Opening Reception on September 10, 2015

    "Welcome guests, members and library friends,Thank you for joining us on an evening that is so very important to The Las Vegas Crafters Guild. I stand here with both pride and humility as the representative of an extraordinary group of talented and diverse artisans. Arts and Crafts have been a vital part of human civilization virtually from the beginning of its existence. Historians, archaeologists and museum patrons prize the carvings, pottery, jewelry, tapestries and clothing to name just a few of the treasures that have been unearthed. These days the word crafts all too often brings to mind those plastic lanyards that we all made in summer camp or those old musty, afghans at the back of the closet.  Thank you to Bea, Darren, the Las Vegas Clark County Library District and in particular The Summerlin Library for recognizing that arts and crafts are no less beautiful, practical  and valuable to our community as are those that are considered fine arts.

    The Las Vegas Crafters Guild has become a family. As such, we encourage, support and commiserate. We remind each other that there are no mistakes; only opportunities for embellishment. Each member has inspired me and taught me that not only is okay to trust my vision but that is right to value my work. It is my hope that those who visit this gallery over the next two months will be similarly inspired by the art of craft.

    Again, thank you for joining us, but I do want to offer a special thanks to Guild Vice-President, Gerry Hackney, who has been tireless in bringing this show to fruition even when members missed deadlines.Over the past six years, Gerry has been instrumental in building the Guild's strong, positive public image. Gerry, thank you does not seem to be enough, but please accept this small token of our love and appreciation.

    Mary-Beth Zahedi

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    So...What is The Las Vegas Crafters Guild All About

    The Las Vegas Crafters Guild, a 501(c)(7) organization, was created in 2006 to:  Develop a fellowship among craftspeople; Support the 'Art of Craft' through exhibitions, education and public awareness; Promote the development and appreciation of craftspeople and their work; and Develop and facilitate a market for crafts.  All members of the Las Vegas Crafters Guild are juried and their art must be handmade.
    Our members clearly prove that crafters come from all walks of life. We have a police officer, grocery store manager, a bail bondswoman, real estate agents, an interior designer, eyeglass technician, teachers, engineers, retirees and a farmer too.  Likewise, our membership reflects the diversity of the Vegas Valley community and we hail from places ranging from California to New Hampshire with Hawaii, Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina and even the Middle East represented.
    While our primary mission is to support and showcase the handmade work of local artisans  The Las Vegas Crafters Guild also proudly supports community  organizations working to make our world a better place.  Our members regularly provide in kind donations for raffles and auctions while the Guild makes quarterly monetary donations to  non-profits supported by our members.  The Little Miss Hannah Foundation, NSPCA, The Red Cross, The Caring Place, Best Friends and Aid for AIDS of Nevada are but a few of the groups that we have touched.
    The Guild holds meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month (excluding August, November and December).  After a brief business agenda, we have programs, workshops and educational speakers.  In addition to business professionals representing agencies from the Post Office to SCORE, we have also had the pleasure of welcoming world renowned clay artist and Las Vegas local, Lisa Pavelka, who is an honorary Guild member.
              While we certainly strive to provide our members with the tools to grow their businesses and their craft, we also enjoy our fun. We often host contests to challenge our creativity with non-traditional materials. Perhaps our  most memorable was the Easter grass.  The winner created a beautiful t-shirt by fusing the grass with an iron.  Laughter and much commiseration ensue when we share our “craft fails.”  We also host an annual holiday party complete with a white elephant gift exchange as well as a Christmas in July craft supply exchange.  

              Each year the Guild hosts craft show boutiques in the fall and in the spring at The Sahara West Library. All vendors are juried members and present for sale handmade, quality pieces in a variety of craft forms ranging from artisan jewelry to fiber arts and fused glass to candles.  All featured items are the original creations of our members. 

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    The Las Vegas Crafters Guild is pleased to be featured in a group exhibition of artisan crafts at the Summerlin Library Art Gallery.  “The Art of Craft” exhibition will run from Thursday, September 10, 2015 through Sunday, December 6, 2015 with an informal reception September 10th from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

    The exhibition will feature works from juried members of the guild who are all Las Vegas residents and use a variety of different mediums. This unique exhibition will include original acrylic Hawaiian themed paintings by Keo Marciel, fused glassworks by Cindi Clark, handwoven baskets by Jeff Murchin, artisan jewelry by Gerry Hackney, Debbie Williams, Lynn Meetz and Merriam Olds, mixed media collages by Fran Ginty, textiles by Mary Beth Zahedi, Diane Davis Garcia and Linda Clark,  rock photography on canvas by Michael Hackney and paper arts by Beth Pollock and Norma McAndrews.   

    This exhibition is just a small representation of the many talented and creative members of the Las Vegas Crafters Guild.  

    Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday-Sunday 10:00am – 6:00 pm 

    Summerlin Library
    1771 Inner Circle Dr.
    Las Vegas, NV 89134

    The Las Vegas Crafters Guild can be reached at,,, and

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    July 2015 Meeting - Christmas in July

    Merry Christmas! That's right...tonight we will be celebrating Christmas in July. it where you, the members, come in. Go through your craft supplies. You know you have more than you need or could possibly ever use in this or several other lifetimes. Pick something out and wrap it up. We will do a traditional Yankee Swap...just like we do at our holiday party....except tonight we are exchanging craft supplies.

    Please also bring a dozen cookies. I told you this is going to be a proper Christmas party.

    We are going to have so much fun.

    Location:  Findlay Chevrolet - Community Meeting Room
    6800 S Torrey Pines Dr (i-215 & S Rainbow then east on the frontage road), Las Vegas, NV

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    April Showers Bring May Flowers Event - May 22nd - 24th, 2015

    We were so excited and honored when we asked to participate in the April Showers Bring Asian Flowers event  hosted by the Sahara West Library.  

    That was last fall and now it's just days away.  So many things still left to do but what gets done gets done and  oh well to the rest.

    This  event will highlight the different cultures from Asia and the Pacific.  Entertainment, food, and cultural activities will take place all three days.  

    As part of this event, members of our guild will be displaying some of their finest work.
    Skillfully made hand woven baskets, beautiful original fused glass plates and home accessories, handmade hand stitched greeting cards, amazing artisan jewelry, fabric aprons, purses, darling crochet hats and scarves, original photography. embroidered pillows, totes, scented gel candles and more will be available for purchase.

    So come and enjoy the festivities with your family and friends.