CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 45th annual Capitol City Art and Craft Show will be held Nov. 16-18 at the Charleston Civic Center. Nearly 160 creative artisans, from seven states, will display treasures from traditional to contemporary for sale including jewelry, pottery, photography, fine arts, stone and metal sculpture. The Country Kitchen will be offering delicious fall favorites and vendors will provide specialty food items.Show times are 4 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 17; and noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 18. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12 years.Each year the weekend event, sponsored by the Kanawha City Lions Club, attracts 15,000 visitors and showcases a Civic Center filled to the brim with high quality original items at affordable prices. Many of the craftsmen are demonstrating products in progress. Visitors can also enjoy sampling a variety of West Virginia produced food products like salsa, dips, jellies, pickles, meatballs, cakes, sauces and wine. Regional authors will also offer book signing.
Since the show's inception, the Lions Club has used the proceeds of the event to donate more than $1.25 million dollars to state and local charities, as well as providing more than $100,000 in eyeglasses for local residents.Craftsmen provide door prizes that are drawn continually. The first 250 attendees each day are given a "Lions Buck" discount coupon good for a discount on your first purchase. A coloring contest for children provides cash prizes to winners in various age groups.Persons attending the show are encouraged to bring nonperishable food products, which will be donated to local food pantries.