Craftsmen's Christmas Classic takes place this weekend

Nov. 28, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Dan Williams may specialize in bird photography, but he’s quick to point out that he’s not just another bird photographer.
“The thing I hear most often is that my photographs look like paintings,” said Williams, who is based in Dayton, Tenn.
“I’m trying to do something very different. Most bird photographers try to get nice, tight shots of the birds, but when I look through the lens, I try to see a painting with a nice composition, where the bird is part of the photograph but not the sole focus of the photograph. I want the background to be equally important as the bird itself.”
Williams is one of the more than 400 artists and craftsmen who will be participating in the 2013 Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival in Greensboro. The annual show opens Friday and will continue through Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.
Williams, who says he’s been participating in the Greensboro show for eight or nine years, says it’s always been a successful weekend for him.
Williams photographs only North American birds, focusing primarily on birds of the southeastern United States, he says.
The majority of his work is giclee photographs printed on acid-free artists’ canvas. All coloration in the printing process is also acid-free, he says.
“So what you end up with are these hundred-year archival photographs that are not affected by sunlight or moisture,” Williams says, explaining that he sells the photos in sizes ranging from 14 by 28 inches up to 20 by 40 inches. “And then I also sell some smaller photographic prints of the images.”
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has been voted the best show of its kind in North Carolina and has been ranked as high as number three among shows nationwide in the prestigious Sunshine Artist magazine, according to show producers.
Exhibitors representing 30 states will be on hand this weekend, selling their unique creations in such specialty categories as pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture, fine art, photography, furniture, musical instruments, clothing, wood, toys, baskets, specialty foods and more. Many of the exhibitors will also be demonstrating how they create their works.
The show will also be a celebration of Small Business Saturday, which is being observed Saturday.
“This event hosts the largest collection of small businesses under one roof in the Triad,” said Carly Gilmore of Gilmore Shows, the event’s producer. “The artists and craftsmen in the Classic represent hundreds of small businesses. We are proud to be supporting these talented people and to recognize their tireless work, long hours and sincere passion for creating handmade items to showcase for the Triad.” | 888-3579

Want to go?

The 2013 Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, free for children younger than 6. A ticket is good for all three days with a free return pass.
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