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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Masters of the Building Arts Festival Dedicated to Restoring Pride in Artisan Trades and Preserving Cultural Heritage, April 15-17

The Masters of Building Arts (MBA) Festival, hosted by the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA), will be held on April 15-17, 2010 in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. 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, April 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 McDougal, 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 FĂȘte 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, April 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. 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, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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, Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Interior Design Group. This event is open to the public and there is no cost for admission. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

To purchase tickets please call 843-577-5245 or visit our website at www.buildingartscollege.us.