Artisans on the Green has been an annual event during Sandwich’s Old Home Week for many years. The art fair is sponsored by the Sandwich Home Industries and is intended to showcase the many artistic talents around the Sandwich area.  Artisans will gladly discuss and/or demonstrate their artistic process as well having some of the work product available for sale.

The fair is located on the town green in Center Sandwich, NH right in front of the Sandwich Home Industries. 

  • Free parking is available near the event site
  • Temporary toilets will be available including an ADA compliant port pottie.

The Womens Club of Sandwich has a wonderful lunch available with the proceeds supporting their scholarship program. 

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ARTISANS ON THE GREEN, CONTINUING A 35 YEAR OLD EDUCATIONAL TRADITION BY THE SANDWICH HOME INDUSTRIES

The Artisans on the Green art and craft festival that takes place each August, (the August that occurs during the town’s old home week), is the current iteration of a decades old tradition of art shows put on by the Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI).  For close to 40 years SHI has conducted art shows, in the beginning small affairs with local painters and photographers, (2 dimensional art), including a once very popular children's art show, (where every entry got a blue ribbon!).

In 2008, a combination of a huge rain storm and a once in a generation recession crippled the show, (12 volunteers helped, 10 people attended!).  That winter SHI Board members Robin Dustin and John Harris suggested craft artists be invited and preparations began for a “new” and “improved” event,

The Board spread the word and by early summer SHI had received sufficient requests from artists that the Quimby Trustees were approach for permission to hold the event on the town green.  The name, “Artisans on the Green” was chosen and since 2009 the event has been held with larger and larger numbers of participating artisans and event attendees.

To further the basic educational mission of SHI, and maintain the non-profit status of the SHI, the event was developed as an educational event.  Artisans were instructed and directed to provide significant levels of instruction, demonstrations and discussions of career and creativity development.

Since then, virtually all manner of art medium has been represented on the green.  In fact, so popular was the event that in 2013 Peter Van Winkle, the President of SHI and organizer of the event,  approached the Quimby Trustees with a request to expand the green by “grubbing out” the adjoining lot.  They created a beautiful upland green, which has provided the event with sufficient space to handle what now is three times the number of artisans wishing to participate.  In 2015 approximately 53 artisans had their work represented; AOG provided a “art store”, an artist lounge, a craft tent, a gallery tent and an organized space design for over 35 artists to set up “mini” studios. 

In 2014 The Meredith Village Savings bank became the official sponsor of the event and through their continued generosity SHI today is able to provide Summer art classes to children free of charge.

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