Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild to Host Gala Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 23

Preview Celebration Will Kick Off 43rd Annual Fine Designer Craftsmen Show at N.C. State Fairgrounds

Raleigh, NC, November 14, 2012 --( The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild ( has announced that it will host a Gala Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the N.C. State Fairgrounds at 1025 Blue Ridge Road. The event is open to “Friends of the Guild” supporters to thank them for their special donations and continued support for promoting fine craft education and helping to preserve one of the region’s best fine craft and design shows. The gala will provide “Friends of the Guild” patrons with exclusive access to purchase or win artwork featured at the Fine Designer Craftsmen Show, which will open to the general public after the preview party ends at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23.

The event will be catered by Sono, a premiere Japanese restaurant in downtown Raleigh, and will include a VIP raffle. Thirty five pieces of artwork donated by exhibitors and guild artists valued at more than $10,000 will be raffled off to attendees. Work valued at more than $500 per piece has been donated for the raffle by the following premiere artists: Michael Brown, Dory Brown, Christine and Louis Colombarini, Marina Bosetti, Jody Ochs, Addison and Eric Paige, and Sandra McEwen. Premier Guild artists Michael Kane, Darcy Szeremi, Adam Crowell, Marti Mocahbee, Phillip Nolley, Jim Whalen, Adam Crowell, Kathleen Master, Elizabeth Lyne and Sasha Bakaric all donated artwork valued at $299 or more. Several other artists’ work will also be included in the 2012 VIP raffle. Members can still donate or become a “Friend of the Guild” for the opportunity to attend the premier gala celebration.

For more information about the Gala Preview Party or to become a “Friend of the Guild”, visit

The Fine Designer Crafts Show is open to the public from Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25. Day and weekend passes are available online at

“We are incredibly appreciative of the Friends of the Guild who have supported our efforts in promoting fine craft and preserving the Fine Designer Crafts Show as one of the most highly regarded craft and design events in the Southeast,” said Elizabeth Lyne, president of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. “Gala attendees will be able to enjoy some of the show’s most creative and sought-after artwork, as well as have the opportunity to view the art before it is available for sale to the general public. We are looking forward to a great show for both the guild artists and the attendees.”

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About The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild:
The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, based in Raleigh, N.C., provides a lucrative marketplace for the finest traditional and contemporary crafts in the Southeast. The Guild recognizes and promotes fine crafts, including original and handmade clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, basketry, wood, works on paper and mixed media products. Its annual Fine Designer Crafts Show, traditionally held on Thanksgiving weekend, provides a premier regional showcase for exhibiting members to display their work and for art enthusiasts of every taste and budget to shop. Since 1970, the Guild has supported and perpetuated the professional pursuit of design and craftsmanship, encouraged opportunities for artistic growth and promoted education in and appreciation of the art of fine craft. For more information, visit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild website at

Jake Potter
MMI Public Relations
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Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild
Patty Briguglio
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