Gwen Bennett of Eureka Springs is one of 120 artists and craftspeople chosen to exhibit at the 27th annual Smithsonian Craft Show, which will kick off with a Preview Night Benefit on Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Each of the 2009 exhibitors reflects the story of contemporary American craft in one of 12 categories: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.
The 120 individual artists or partnerships, with 43 first-time participants on this list, were selected from more than 1,300 applicants and no artist is ever included without being juried into the show.
Bennett was selected in the fiber, decorative category for her feather work. Using natural colored feathers applied to handmade forms, she creates elaborately detailed masks evoking ancient and tribal civilizations.
In addition to the items for sale by the artists at the show, a silent auction will be held on-line beginning April 15.
This will include more than 100 craft items donated by exhibitors and other talented artists, with a special section featuring 14 objects from the Bernard and Sherley Koteen collection.
Funds raised by the Craft Show go to the Smithsonian museums and research centers to support cutting edge science, preserve and display national treasures and educate children and adults.
For details, call (202) 633-5069.