Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Appoints New Executive Director

North Carolina Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show Hires Amy Etheridge as Leader

Raleigh, NC, August 11, 2013 --( The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild ( has announced that Amy Etheridge has been hired as the new executive director of the organization. The organization’s 44th annual event, a showcase of fine crafts, will run from Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec.1 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Exposition Center. This fine designer crafts show, a North Carolina tradition since 1970, features more than 100 juried fine craft artists and their distinctive handmade pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, wood, furniture, sculpture, fiber, printmaking and mixed media.

Etheridge’s responsibilities as executive director of the Guild will include developing community and statewide relationships and increase funding opportunities. Additionally, she will assist in planning the Friend of the Guild Program, the Gala Preview Party and the Fine Designer Craft Show every year. Etheridge has seven years of experience in nonprofit consulting including running her own business, Giving Leadership Opportunity (GLO). Previously she served as executive director of the Gertrude Herbert Arts Institute in Augusta, Ga. Etheridge earned a Bachelor of Science in education from University of Georgia in Athens and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University. A native of Georgia, she resides in Raleigh.

“The experience and expertise that Amy will bring to the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild as executive director will prove to be vital assets as we move forward in preparation for this year’s fine designer crafts show and beyond,” said Elizabeth Lyne, President of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. “We are so pleased to welcome her to the Guild and excited to begin working with her.”

“I am happy to accept this position as executive director of the Guild,” said Etheridge. “It is a great opportunity to develop new ways to showcase the incredible talent of artists and craftsmen throughout the Southeast, as well as to promote art appreciation in the wider community.”

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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

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