The Leelanau Furniture Show is a gathering of regional craftspeople who work in all forms of material: wood, glass, metal, stone.
Suttons Bay metalsmith Bob Purvis explained the genesis of the idea:
"A whole bunch of us up here had been thinking about this for a number of years. There are a lot of artisans who sell their work around the area and around the country, but we'd never gotten together. I think it was Dave (Elmgren) and Larry (Fox) who finally said: "Let's do it. I was ready. Something that had been missing up here is an interaction, a relationship, between artisans and the design community. This area is growing up. Suddenly you can get awfully good coffee in Traverse City, can go out and have a really good dinner and hear Marcus Roberts on a Tuesday."
The show has enjoyed great success in the past several years: the artists who display their work reported brisk sales and the hundreds who attend are pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the work.
Dave Elmgren, a Northport artisan who works in stained glass said, "Last year exceeded all our expectations in terms of the artists participating and the people who came. This year we have a lot more artists. From our standpoint, we felt last year was a terrific success and can only hope that this year will bring the same."
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