Going on Tour: My 2016 Jewelry Show Schedule

Another year, another set of jewelry shows to attend. Between the prep, travel, set up, and tear down, a jewelry trade show is a lot of work—but it’s always worth it. I get to connect with old friends and meet all sorts of interesting new people—plus, I get to showcase and sell my handmade jewelry designs.

But there is so much more to these shows than meets the eyes. Here’s the list of shows I’ll be attending in 2016. I’ve also included information about what makes these shows special, and some of the places and restaurants I’ll be visiting while in the area.

Art Festival Beth-El
St. Petersburg, FL - January 29 – February 1

This show features a very select group of vendors who need to be invited in order to attend. It’s open to the public and is used to raise money for the synagogue. This show always features really high quality artists who offer everything from breath-taking sculptures to incredible paintings and, of course, handmade jewelry. The ladies who run the show are lovely, and were, literally, my very first customers way back when.

I’ve been invited to this show twice before and it’s always a good time. This time, I’m looking forward to connecting with Dahlia Kanner, Dana and David Melnick, and Sarah Graham—all are incredible jewelers and friends that I only get to see on the road.

Favorite Local Restaurant: O’Bistro has the best breakfasts!

Favorite Thing to Do After Show Hours: Sneak off to the beach

American Craft Council Baltimore Show
Baltimore, MD - Feb17-21

This just might be my favorite show because it’s a home show. The first two days are wholesale only, and galleries from across the country come in to shop. I love forging new relationships and cultivating old ones. I get to see everyone I haven’t seen in years, there are tons of people who come out and stop by the booth, and (best of all) I get to sleep in my own bed. This is a very social show for me, so if you’re interested in seeing some high-quality craft items and getting to really know and build relationships with the artists, then you need to stop by.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Morton’s Steakhouse—it’s literally across the street from the convention center and has great salmon!

Favorite Thing to Do After Show Hours: Go home, kick up my feet and have a glass of wine.

Morven in May
Princeton, NJ - May 6-8

I’m very excited to do this show. This will be its second year and it’s located right in Princeton, NJ in the Morven Museum. Museum shows are always a great experience as they bring in such interesting crowds of people. My friend, Shauna Burke, will be doing this show as well, so it will be fun to spend some time with her and go out to dinner and chat. I have not been to Princeton since 1972 and I’m sure it has changed quite a bit, but I remember being very impressed with the town at that time.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Not sure yet, since I haven’t been to Princeton in a long time, but I do want to check out Mistral.

Favorite Thing to Do After Show Hours: I’m really looking forward to seeing the Morven Museum and the Princeton campus.  

***No shows over the summer. I’ll be busy taking advantage of the nice weather—hope you do, too!***

Charlotte Contemporary
Charlotte, NC - October 14-16

This is another relatively new show that’s also in its second year. Everyone says that last year’s show was really beautiful and put together nicely—I can’t wait to see it firsthand.  

Favorite Local Restaurant: From what I’ve read, The Fig Tree Restaurant looks like it could become a favorite.

Favorite Thing to Do After Show Hours: I’d like to take advantage of my time in Charlotte by checking out some of the local art galleries and artists.

American Fine Craft Show
Washington, DC - October 21-23

This is another show that I consider a type of “home-base” show. There will be plenty of familiar faces and some new ones. Located in the DC Armory, there will be plenty of diverse artists and crafts to see. 

Favorite Local Restaurant: Lincoln Park Kitchen & Wine Bar

Favorite Thing to Do After Show Hours: Going out on the town with friends


This show is my baby—it’s an intimate show featuring only 9-13 local jewelers of my choosing. We have been doing this show for the past 10 years and it keeps getting better and better. Last year, we moved the show from Cross Keys to Clipper Mill Park (Baltimore, MD) at the studio of Rebecca Myers, with great success. Details for this year’s show are not yet finalized, but if you are an art jewelry lover, this is the perfect show for you. The show will feature a diverse group of jewelers so there will be something for everyone.

Check back on my upcoming shows page later in the year for when the Facets show dates will be announced.

If you happen to be in any of the above areas during the show dates, please come out and visit! One of my favorite things to do at these jewelry shows is to give style consultations to people who drop by to see my work. Be sure to visit my booth for your own LoriMeg Designs consultation.

Lori Gottlieb