See a Hip Exhibit of American Craft Tonight

The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection is at the River East Art Center from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Photograph: Courtesy Alain Hain, Fine Young Man Productions

The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection has landed in Chicago (at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St.). So if you are in the nabe tonight, stop by from 5:30 to 10 p.m. for a free drink and a look at some fine American design. (There are also scotch whisky master classes at 6:30 and 8:30; RSVP here).

Menswear designer Todd Snyder was among a group of style-savvy curators who tracked down artisans from all over the country to be featured in this show. You’ll find original works by craftspeople including New Jersey coppersmith Stephen Bradley (whose copper kettle is shown here), Minneapolis-based woodworker Scott McGlasson of Woodsport (whose pieces have a mid-century meets rustic vibe), and the late Edith Heath, who founded Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California in 1948, and whose iconic tableware and ceramics are still being produced.

The event isn’t just about home design—you’ll see premium Iowa-made prosciutto, a guitar made out of reclaimed lumber, a classic baseball jacket, and more from all over the U.S.



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