The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset will showcase the works of more than 275 distinguished artists from across the country, from as far as away as Georgia, Oklahoma, California, and Alabama; but the Festival will also highlight the wealth of creative talent within New Jersey by showcasing work by more than 20 nationally-known, local artists. The Festival will be held from Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14, 2010 at the Garden State Exhibit Center.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will feature an eclectic mix of artists whose work is exhibited in fine galleries, shown at museums, and acquired by prestigious collections, as well as to new artists showcasing experimental techniques and bold creative vision. Craftspeople will display and sell affordable and innovative functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, glass, home décor, furniture and home accessories, leather, fiber and wearables, items for gifts, fine art and photography.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset will feature some of New Jersey's most exceptional artists, including: James Bielenberg (Union, NJ): Far from the Pyrex it is commonly associated with, James' intricate borosilicate glass beads can take up to three days to complete; he hand-selects individual pigments for his multicolored pieces and meticulously fuses the variant colors of molten glass. James also forges sterling silver accessory beads and necklaces.

John DeAmicis (Milltown, NJ): Going from landscape architect to master illustrator was an easy transition for John, who redirected his skill in drafting blueprints toward a new purpose. He is now known for his satirical pen and pencil drawings, which have been commissioned by Pepsi, the Rockefeller Group, and the Dr. Seuss estate. He has published three volumes of his whimsical works.

Sherry Lane (Scotch Plains, NJ): Sherry perfected her skill in creating sophisticated, elegant jewelry as a form of art therapy during treatment for cancer. She creates high-end pieces in a kaleidoscope of colored freshwater pearls and gemstones with silver accents.

Seymour Mondshein (Rosemont, NJ): Learning from his father, a European-trained furrier and Holocaust survivor, Seymour began piecing together bags out of scrap fabrics at the age of 11. Perfecting his skill and craftsmanship at F.I.T. and Parsons, his line now includes more than 100 inventive designs made in supple leather and tapestry, from backpacks, cell phone and cosmetics cases, to elegant purses.

Joseph Orsag (Morristown, NJ): Documenting the juxtaposition of America's past and present, Joseph has crafted hundreds of detailed drawings during his travels across the country and from culling vintage photographs. With intense sensitivity to detail, he has commemorated New Jersey's most prestigious universities, iconic beach scenes from noted locales including Asbury Park and Atlantic City, vignettes of small town life, and unmistakable landmarks, including Lucy the Elephant. Jennifer Park (Budd Lake, NJ): Inspired by the abstract lines and vivid colors found in nature, Jennifer's enamel jewelry captures the smallest details of her subjects - from caterpillar feet, wavy seaweed, and the arch of a heron's neck, to the spiral of nautilus' shell. To create her distinctive pieces, she has mastered the ancient art of cloisonné, a technique for decorating metalwork objects.

Marty Silverman (Jackson, NJ): A master of the traditional craft of stone carving, Marty works on each of his pieces for weeks at a time using only a hammer and chisel to sculpt contemporary designs from raw rock slabs. The fluid lines found in nature inspire his sculptures, fountains, and large-scale garden installations.

The lively marketplace of the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is enhanced by a full schedule of family entertainment. Master craftspeople will showcase their expertise in a range of media, including ceramics, metal spinning, and woodturning in live demonstrations. The Festival also celebrates the skill of making small-batch specialty gourmet foods, available for sampling and purchase. Visitors will enjoy live musical performances, and children can experience the adventure of time travel with a special puppet show from Middle Earth Studios.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Garden State Exhibit Center, located at 50 Atrium Drive in Somerset, NJ.

Adult admission to the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is $7 when purchased online, $8 for adults at the door, and free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days, and free parking is available.

For more information about the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, directions, or to purchase discount admission tickets online visit www.SugarloafCrafts.com or call (800) 210-9900.

Additional show information, artist profiles, and special offers may be found on Sugarloaf's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sugarloafcrafts