This reception will now include the CLAY Festival Silent Auction Fundraiser so plan to arrive at 5:00 pm!
CLAYFest is excited to offer its first-ever Entrepreneurship for Creatives Workshop Series. Sessions cover marketing, finances and business plans. Several successful clay entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from the Small Business Development Center, the Western New Mexico School of Business, and the marketing-for-creatives consulting firm Calindo Creative are on board. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to broaden your exposure and earn a living from what you love by registering here. We also offer an entrepreneurial workshop for young artists!
The deadlines for juried exhibition entries as well as for early-bird market vendor booth pricing have been extended, and now both forms are available online. For the Call to Artists, potential entrants have until June 18 to submit their entries. Click here to fill out the online form and to download the prospectus. For those wishing to sell at the Saturday Market, early-bird rates will continue until June 20. Click here to sign up online, or download an application.
The CLAY Festival Market draws more than 2,500 people and is a great family-friendly event. This year's juried Market will be Saturday, July 21, 2018. For more information, download the application.
Online sign-up will be available after April 1.
The opening CLAY Festival Farm-To-Table Fundraiser held on July 22nd was a successful sold-out event. It was a truly local, grass-roots meal that honored the connection that the food we eat has to the earth, mud, dirt, and CLAY; it also honored connections within the Silver City community and New Mexico.
The elegant dinner featured Gruet Winery with Operations Manager, Michael Dominguez, making a trip from Albuquerque to attend the dinner and pair Gruet wine with each course. Jean-Robert Be’ffort of A-Space Studio Art Gallery won the prize for best ceramic place setting, which included a farm-to-table themed gift basket donated by Single Socks, a Coach Massage Gift Certificate, and a hand-made silver pendant made by local jeweler Juan Velasco.
The meal was prepared using locally grown food from Silver City Farmer's Market vendors and was prepared by local chefs from Brazzas Grill, Shevek’s Casual Restaurant, Diane’s Restaurant, Revel, Tapas Tree Grill, La Bonita Bakery, and Bad Ass Bakery. Local teens participating in a summer youth internship program through the Volunteer Center, Rooted, grew greens that were used in the salad and harvested the nopales used in another dish. Youths in the Community Youth Building Program attended two trainings in food service to serve at this special event.
The funds raised will help support the CLAY Festival in its efforts to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for CLAY leading to rural economic sustainability. CLAY Festival is donating $1000 to the Volunteer Center's Food Bank and $500 to the Silver City Farmer's Market.
CLAY Festival kicks off with Empty Bowls, Pony Hills Petroglyph Tour, children's activities, and Farm to Table