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West Coast Craft Market Features Artists Whose Work Blur Line Between Fine Crafts and High Art

By Cicero A. Estrella

The West Coast Craft Market returns to San Francisco’s Fort Mason this Saturday, April 24. The event is free and open to the public.

The popular single-day show is held once a month to provide space for those who have been underrepresented in other craft shows, namely artists and designers whose work “blur the line between fine crafts and high art, who were engaged in with their communities, and who embodied the cool but sunny, laid back yet innovative mood of the West Coast.”

There’s one big change for this year’s show: the event moves from its usual site inside the Festival Pavilion to Fort Mason’s outdoor campus, where COVID-19 health and safety measures will be in place.

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“We’re thrilled to welcome back our friends at West Coast Craft as they resume their Market on campus,” said Nick Kinsey, director of external affairs for the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. “We look forward to bringing back even more beloved events and activities as it’s safe to do so.”

More than 60 Bay Area vendors will be participating at Saturday’s show. They include Baby Cast of California, CULK, Dopp, Gravel & Gold, Mud Witch, People I’ve Loved and The Great Escape Studio.

The WCC Market show was founded in 2013 and has attracted more than 50,000 attendees a year. Additionally, Fort Mason hosts WCC San Francisco twice a year, a larger event featuring over 275 artists and designer craftspeople. The next WCC San Francisco is scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19.

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Other WCC events are held at Outside Lands, the music and arts festival held yearly at Golden Gate Park, and in Los Angeles.

Saturday’s show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fort Mason Center is located at 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco. Visit westcoastcraft.com for further information.

In related news, Fort Mason Center continues to screen two movies a night from Tuesday-Sunday at its waterfront Fort Mason Flix pop-up drive-in theater. The early showings (usually 5:30 p.m.) feature family-friendly movies like “The Mighty Ducks,” “Toy Story 4” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” while the later shows (8:30 or 8:45 p.m.) offer more adult fare such as “Bullitt,” “Midsommar” and “Trainspotting.”

Tickets are $49 per vehicle. For a schedule of upcoming shows and additional information, visit fortmason.org.

Photos: West Coast Craft Market

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