Plain and simple – our mission is to fill the world with more art. The Jack Craft Fair was created to revolutionize the way people think about “craft,” provide an alternative to the traditional art festivals in Buffalo, and in doing so, providing a platform for emerging artists to grow and connect.
We aim to revive the traditional sense of the word “craft” while also embracing all the wonderfully industrious, innovative, and modern crafts that today’s artists have to offer. By selecting exemplary artists who have mastered their craft, we strives to showcase edgy, progressive artists, and eliminate the connotations of the traditional craft fair. Now in our 4th year, we are proud to call ourselves Buffalo’s premier alternative art festival, with a diverse and uniquely curated lineup of vendors you won’t find elsewhere!
What is the fair like?
This annual event is and will always be free and open to the public- welcoming individuals of all ages and backgrounds! Our featured attraction is our vendor market, but we also offer a day long schedule of FREE drop-in workshops, collaborative public art installations, live music, food trucks & more! Check our Schedule of Events for a full list of happenings, as we add on each year!
Who we are:
Sam Epps is the founder and lead organizer of the Jack Craft Fair since it’s conception in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, with a degree in Psychology and Visual Studies. Art and creation have been pillars in Sam’s life since adolescence. Common questions in the Epps’ household were “Who took the scissors and tape?” Of course, the answer was hidden in a back closet of Sam’s room. She has a background in bookmaking and printmaking stemming from her work in college and at the Buffalo based non-profit, the WNY Book Arts Center, where she resided as the Retail Manager for over a year. She has since worked as Director of Events for Larkin Square and most currently for Scale Digital Marketing, both of which have uniquely enabled her to organize large scale events. In her spare time, she enjoys brewing coffee, watching movies everyone else hates, biking, crafting, listening to her 5 favorite bands on repeat, and is still searching for the perfect Instagram filter.
Khrista Tabak is the Workshop Director of the Jack Craft Fair, a local art teacher, and an artist. She was born, raised, and resides in Western New York and is passionate about serving the community she loves through the arts. She has worked tirelessly to encourage others to create, appreciate, and participate in visual art of all kinds through her time with the WNY Americorps ABLE program, her previous job as Program Director of the WNY Book Arts Center, and her current job as an elementary and high school Art Teacher in Depew. As Workshop Director of the JCF, Khrista coordinates and organizes the day-long schedule of free workshops and interactive art activities the fair has to offer. When she’s not frantically awaiting her inevitable letter from Hogwarts, she enjoys creating art of all kinds, traveling, and searching for hiding pets at parties.