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April Issue 2010
American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC, Presents Building Arts Festival - Apr. 15 - 17, 2010
The Masters of Building Arts (MBA) Festival, hosted by the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA), will be held on Apr. 15-17, 2010 in historic downtown Charleston, SC. The College will roll out the red carpet for master artisans from all over the United States as well as its students and faculty who showcase their skills and artistry of the building arts.
The event kicks off on Thursday, Apr. 15, with a wine and cheese reception and book signing of Ingrid Abramovitch's new book, Restoring a House in the City. A former magazine editor at House & Garden and Martha Stewart Living, Abramovitch is a journalist who writes about design and architecture. She has contributed to such publications as the New York Times, Elle Decor, Cookie, the Wall Street Journal, and Departures.
The book includes the stories, told in words and photographs, of 21 antique homes in ten cities. The houses range from a Greek Revival townhouse in Charleston to a double-wide brownstone in Troy, NY. ACBA trustee, Harriet Williams, widow to Wheel of Time author, Robert Jordan, will host the garden party at her historic home located at 129 Tradd Street. Tickets for the book signing are $10 per person.
The signature and most anticipated event of the weekend is Fête des Artisans, a celebration of the exceptional craftsmanship of the College's faculty and students. Fete des Artisans also pays tribute to the College's connection with Les Compagnons du Devoir, the world renowned French training school for artisans, and inspiration for ACBA. The exclusive event will take place at the Old Charleston Jail on Friday, Apr. 16, from 7 to 11pm and will feature live music, fine French fare prepared by local chefs, open bar and silent auction. Tickets for this event are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. French attire suggested.
The Old Charleston Jail Campus will be buzzing with the activity of outdoor workshops given by accomplished national artisans and ACBA students as well as tours of the property and live music on Saturday, Apr. 17, from 10am - 4pm as the Masters of the Building Arts Festival opens its door to prospective students and general public. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience exquisite craftsmanship and watch the students and faculty working on special projects in their chosen trades of architectural metal, plaster working, masonry, stone carving, timber-framing and carpentry. Free lectures and workshops include a presentation by Ingrid Abramovitch. This event is open to the public and there is no cost for admission. Food and beverages will be available for sale.
The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.
To purchase tickets
please call 843-577/5245 or visit (www.buildingartscollege.us).
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