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"Craft in America: Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy" to premiere on PBS in May
Surf Dories in-process at Lowell’s Boat Shop. Courtesy of Lowell’s Boat Shop.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Craft in America, the Peabody Award winning series exploring America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade object, begins Season 6 with INDUSTRY, premiering on PBS primetime, May 2, 2014 at 10 PM*.

Craft in America: Industry explores the business of the handmade, taking us to workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. INDUSTRY highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today's creative economy.

In Gee's Bend, Alabama, quilting has brought economic success to women whose remarkable quilts have astonished the world. San Francisco quilter Joe Cunningham visits Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway in Gee's Bend, where quilters learned their skills from generations of women who passed down their expertise, never dreaming that what they were creating would one day be considered art. World-wide attention guarantees a stable income for these pioneers of the creative economy.

At Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Graham McKay makes dories in the 220-year tradition of Lowell's craftsmanship and directs a living museum that features the craft of boat building and its pivotal role in the economy and history of New England. He opens the doors of the shop to local high school students, continuing the tradition by bringing them into the building process.

At Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina, American textile manufacturing is thriving once again. Deep in an area of the South, once the heart of textile manufacturing, artist Bethanne Knudson is proving, through creativity, expertise and sheer determination, that an industry can revive itself. Knudson is one of the many Western North Carolina artists who have revived the economy of Asheville through their creative endeavors and made it an arts destination.

In Brooklyn, New York, capitol of the handmade, artist Shane Yamane combines traditional techniques with modern technology to market his precious jewelry on his website and through Etsy, the extraordinarily successful online craft marketplace that yields an astounding $895 million in annual sales for 850,000 artists worldwide.

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Today's News

March 3, 2014

"City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection" opens in New York City

First comprehensive exhibition of Martin Kippenberger's The Raft of the Medusa series opens in New York

Exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Walead Beshty opens at Regen Projects

Travelling exhibition, Reality in flames, explores artistic responses to the Second World War

Exhibition of new work by David Hartt opens at David Nolan Gallery in New York

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates to offer Palmer Collection of Americana in single-owner sale

National Postal Museum announces new exhibit "Pacific Exchange: China & U.S. Mail"

Founding director of S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Jan Hoet, dies at age of 77

Poly Auction Hong Kong to hold 2014 Spring Auctions from 6 to 7 April at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

"Craft in America: Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy" to premiere on PBS in May

Exhibition of new works by artist Ken Currie opens at Flowers Gallery in New York

Exhibition of new drawings and prints by Locust Jones opens at David Krut Projects

Asia Week New York experts offer skilled guidance for discovering new and affordable market sectors

Slower Than God: Exhibition of works by Berlin-based artist Ruby Anemic on view at De Buck Gallery

A solo show by Neil Anderson featuring prints by Donald Judd opens at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Mining Industries: Eleven new works by American artist Norwood Viviano on view at Heller Gallery

Susan Silas' "Love in the ruins: Sex over 50" opens at STUDIO10 in Brooklyn

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum to present "Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy: Video art from Africa"

Tomasso Brothers to bring Spanish Horses to TEFAF, Maastricht

'Colour Theory' paints a picture of the heart behind Indigenous art

Urban Renewal: Seo Young-Deok, Olivier Dassault, Nick Gentry, Yves Krief exhibit at Opera Gallery

"The Tao of Stillness: Judy Hintz Cox" opens at Corrigan Gallery

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