The Craneway Craft Fair set for Dec. 22-23

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The Craneway Craft Fair set for Dec. 22-23
Crowds of happy shoppers at a previous Craneway Craft Fair at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond.

The Craneway Craft Fair, a longtime benefit for Berkeley-based KPFA 94.1 public radio, is set to provide the local community with an opportunity to shop last-minute for unique gifts on Dec. 22 and 23.

The Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond. Admission is $12 for ages 18-64 and $8 for seniors and disabled. Youth are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through EventBrite at here.

“Along with fair trade and non-profit vendors, live entertainment and food by GDC Kitchen, the Fair shines a light on 200 exhibitors, both master artisans and emerging newcomers,” organizers said.

Exhibitors include “ceramics, textiles, wearables, glass, mixed media, metal, wood, sculpture, jewelry, painting, printmaking, paper, accessories, body products and leather,” organizers said.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days, KPFA will broadcast live with artist interviews.

“As a local artist in Oakland, I know the struggles artists face to make a living,” Niamh Lyonhart, Craneway Craft Fair producer, said in a statement. “The Craneway Craft Fair provides an opportunity for the community to support and be nourished by local artisans.”

BART shuttles from the Richmond station are available 9:30 am-5:30 pm and free bike parking is provided.

The crafts fair, recently rebranded from the KPFA Crafts Fair, has been running for 48 years to help sustain listener-funded KPFA radio. Founded in 1949 by pacifist, poet and journalist Lewis Hill, KPFA was the first community supported radio station in the U.S. The station airs public news, public affairs, talk, and music programming and is well-known for its progressive views. For more information on the event, visit here.

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