Monday, March 7, 2016

Shop local and handmade at March shows featuring Minnesota artists and crafters

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Now that spring is practically upon us — Yay! — the arts and crafts shows are popping up like crocuses in the lawn.  Or ... flowers on a handlebar purse ... ?

"Garden party" handlebar purse from Daydreamers Emporium

Here's a smattering of events coming up this month where members of HandmadeMN will be showcasing their wares. Btw, you can see all the shows that include HandmadeMN artists and crafters, with a link to their Etsy shops, anytime on this blog by clicking on the "upcoming shows" link over there, up and to the left. New shows and artists are added often, so keep checking back. (And I'll be back here on the first Monday in April to highlight that month's shows, too.)

This Saturday, March 12, you could head over to Woodbury's Valley Creek Mall for the Sound+Vision Minnesota Pop Culture Collectibles show, where Daydreamers Emporium will have a booth with her many handy fabric creations like the handlebar purse shown above, or Tardis coasters, and more fun nerdy practical things.

In addition to original handmade bounty, the show boasts an extensive assortment of new and used music (vinyl, CDs, DVDs), comics, toys, movie-related items, and more like that, plus Mad Magazine artist Tom Richmond. Talk about a nerd-friendly awesomeness event. I think so, yes.

Then on Saturday, March 19, the Roseville Oval hosts Arts @ the Oval: a festival of fine arts featuring local artists, including HandmadeMN artist Greg Just, Just Turned, with his beautiful handmade wooden items, including bowls ...

... travel mugs (yes! wooden travel mugs!), salt and pepper shakers, and more. I counted 30 artists on the event's list of participants, including potters and tile makers, fiber artists, jewelry makers, metal sculptors, painters, other woodworkers, and a few others. 

Also on March 19, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth hosts Treasures of the Earth Green Art, Craft & Goods Fair, where you'll find Susie B Handicraft, with tote bags, rugs, and wreaths made from recycled plastic grocery bags; painted/scented pine cones; pine cone & sawdust fire starters; dog toys made from recycled blue jeans, water bottles & t-shirts.

Like this crocheted gift bag made with upcycled plastic bags: 

And one more on the 19th, the Simply Elegant Wedding Expo at Coon Rapids' Civic Center. For an admission fee of $5, visitors can sample food and wine while browsing through 36 vendor booths, from photographers to bakers to DJs and even officiants, and handmade jewelry from My Naptime Jewelry, like this lovely aquamarine necklace for your something blue ...

The next shows up on our list take place on the first weekend in April, and I'll be back on Monday, April 4 to tell you more about April events and the HandmadeMN folks who will be there. But you don't have to wait till then to look ahead, you can check our list of upcoming shows anytime. New information is added whenever one of our artists and crafters learns about the next show they've been accepted into, so check back often.


Brian Western said...

You had me at smattering...and a wonderful romp through the respective shops on Etsyland! Thanks for shining a light on these featured HandmadeMN artists!

Wenni Donna said...

I am glad to know about this arts training program. I have a great interest in arts and crafts. I have participated in various arts and craft events at local event venues and would love to attend this program!