Four years ago, three women came together to start the Amuse Art and Craft Fair.
“We would love to have more arts in the area and that is exactly why we do amuse. So by bringing people from outside of town here and also celebrating the artists that are already here in Winchester, it’s just like this great synergy that happens,” said Amuse Art and Craft Fair organizer, Jaimianne Amicucci.
Some vendors traveled from as far as Pittsburgh to introduce their artwork to the area.
“We are the only art fair in Winchester and so like I said being that focal point people come from all over the place,” said Amicucci.
Amuse is hosted at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley which works to preserve and enrich the cultural life of the region.
“It’s a good reminder to the community that we have talent and art and beauty right here in our own community,” said MSV director of community engagement Laura Wiley.
In the first year the fair had 30 vendors and now they have grown to 50.
“There are a ton of incredibly talented people and just because you want to do an art show, that doesn’t mean you can. You have to be accepted by the people running the show,” said wood turner Tony Demasi.
The fair is on Saturday and Sunday and nearly 1,000 people attend each day.
“At the end of the day, there’s a certain feeling that you have when you come to amuse. It’s amusing, it’s fun, it’s a good time,” said Amicucci.
The event was completely free with several demonstrations throughout the day.