In a news release issued by CHA, dozens of craft celebs will be attending the CHA Summer Show in Rosemont, Illinois next week.  See the complete release below.



The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announces a star-studded line-up of internationally recognized crafting celebrities, including Terri O, Tim Holtz, Claudine Hellmuth, Margot Potter, Cathie Filian, Steve Piacenza, Theresa Cifali and Kathy Cano-Murillo, among many others, who are scheduled to attend CHA’s 2011 Summer Conference & Trade Show.  Dozens of the craft industry’s most loved and respected stars will be on hand highlighting “Craft Fusion – The Selling Power of Mixed Media,” at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., July 18-21, 2011.  CHA has provided a short list of just a few of the many celebrities coming to the Show so attendees can plan to meet their favorite celebrity.


Terri O

Terri O, CHA’s national spokesperson, two-time Emmy Award winner and PBS-TV host of Super Simple with Terri O, will help judge CHA’s Innovations Sneak Peek Media & Buyer Event on Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m.  Terri O will also judge CHA’s Innovations Product Awards at 5 p.m. and the daily Minute-to-Craft-It Challenges July 19 through July 21 at 2 p.m.  Terri O will make several additional appearances at various locations across the Show floor and is scheduled to appear on WGN-TV during the Mid-Day Show Monday, July 18.

Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz, creative director for Ranger Industries, plays an integral part in development and design of cutting-edge paper crafting products.  Tim will make daily appearances at the Show hosting workshops and demonstrations.  Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21, Tim will be at the Sizzix/Ellison booth 1014 at 10 a.m., the Avantus Corp booth 931 at 11 a.m. and Ranger Industries, Inc. booth 731 at 2 p.m.



Claudine Hellmuth, collage artist, author, illustrator and developer of the Claudine Hellmuth Studio, will be demonstrating in the Ranger Industries, Inc. booth 731 Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21 at 11 a.m.


Jewel School & Margot Potter

Jewel School & Margot Potter


Margot Potter, TV host, designer, author and industry expert, has designed and consulted for some of the biggest companies in the craft industry and recently joined Jewelry Television as resident jewelry-making guru.  Potter will be signing her book “New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry” on Tuesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at the Beadalon booth 1031.

Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza, Emmy-nominated television personalities, best-selling authors, and designers, will be at the Plaid booth 607 daily.

Theresa Cifali, mixed-media artist and owner of The Altered Canvas, will be a CHA Minute-to-Craft-It judge on Tuesday, July 19 at noon and Wednesday, July 20 at 5 p.m. in the Craft Fusion Center booth 1223.

Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica, an award-winning blogger, artist, novelist and developer through iLovetoCreate, will participate in a panel discussion on Monday, July 18 and will also be at the iLoveToCreate booth 1123 daily.

Other celebrities and industry notables, including Wendy Russell, Wendy Senger, Ana Araujo, Maria Nerius and many others, are also scheduled to attend the Show.  For more information about the Show, including hours, workshop classes and must-see events, please visit www.craftandhobby.org.

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