The 34th annual Smithsonian Craft Show opens to the public Thursday, April 21, at 10:30am, at the National Building Museum. A group of us were invited for a behind the scenes preview on Wednesday. To be honest, I was astounded by the artists and their work. From a pool of 1100 applicants, 121 artisans, including Dale Chihuly, were selected. So put aside whatever comes to mind when you hear the words "craft show" and check this out.

Aaron Hequembourg's mixed media portraits touched me. See more and read more about his work that's in the show here and his website here.

Evan Chambers' Objects took me into an underwater, steampunk world that I loved; whimsical but genuine, which is not an easy combination to create, in my opinion.

Savannah College of Art and Design had a collection of items that blurred the boundaries between sculpture/clothing, past/future, and Björk/Matrix. I can't, for the life of me, find a link to share more information about these items. If anyone has any info please contact me. I'd love to provide more details!

However, out of all the incredibly crafted, deeply imaginative objects I saw yesterday, it was Mea Rhee's ceramics that touched me in a way I couldn't live without. I purchased two bowls, which you can see below. I didn't even realize until I got home that Rhee is also a local artist, based in Silver Spring, MD, which made me even happier with the purchase. You can see even more of Rhee's work at

The 34th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show runs April 21-24 at the National Building Museum.

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