CAW's Celebration of American Crafts Means the Holiday Shopping Season Has Begun

Creative Arts Workshop’s annual Celebration of American Crafts starts the holiday shopping season in earnest Nov. 2. Part art exhibit, parts community arts/crafts gathering, part gift shop, the celebration continues right up until Christmas eve.

Friday is a special preview reception, free of charge and open to the public. So the thing really starts on Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. After that, regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., with added hours every Thursday (until 8 p.m.) plus a last-ditch Dec. 24 spree from 11 a.m .to 2 p.m. CAW members get special opening-weekend discounts Nov. 1-3.

A slew of special events are held during the American Crafts fair: a fashion show Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. ($20 admission); “Connecticut Artists Night Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. (free); A free “Crafternoon” of “communal crafting” is Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. On Dec. 12, designer Allie Bruch will give a free talk on “Interior Style!” at 5 p.m.

All events at at Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St., New Haven. (203) 562-4927,