Monday, April 4, 2016

April Craft and Art Shows in Minnesota Are All Over the Map

By Sharon Parker
Arty Didact

Wow, April offers some terrific shows for lovers of handmade far and wide in Minnesota (and North Dakota! #bonusart )

The month kicks off with the American Craft Council show this weekend, April 8–10, at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Admission is $12 at the door, $11 if purchased in advance. This showcase of fine craft also features demonstrations and activities for all ages. Click on the show name to go to their website and get all the details. 

Photo from Mary Pow's blog

HandmadeMN team member Mary Pow has been working hard to get ready with her handcrafted handbags and accessories, which she makes herself from start to finish, from her own original designs. We're quite proud of her for getting accepted into this  prestigious show and wish her the best of luck!

Modern handbag from Minnebites, aka Mary Pow Designs

But if you're not going to be anywhere near the Twin Cities this weekend, perhaps one of these events will be more convenient for you.

In Minot, No. Dakota, The Minot Spring Show takes place on Friday, April 8, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday, April 9,  9 a.m.–5 p.m., at the fairgrounds, 2005 Burdick Expressway East. It's run by a group called The Big One, which emphasizes handcrafted items at their shows, including bakery goods. Yum!

Among the 150 makers at this event will be Naturally Unique Rock, creator of Lake Superior (and Minnesota) functional rock creations, like these bud vases.

Rock and driftwood bud vases from Naturally Unique Rock

Meanwhile, in Winona, Minnesota, the Artisans' Spring Fling offers a more low-key event on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the annex of the Polish Museum, 363 E. Second St. The 24 artisans in this intimate craft show will include Bound to Be Creative, with hats and accessories for women and kids.

Boy's baseball cap from Bound to Be Creative 
Skip ahead a couple of weeks to April 21–23 and you've got the fun and eclectic Junk Bonanza at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Admission is $10 and it's open Thursday, 10–5; and Friday & Saturday, 9–5. 

The event takes place indoors, so no  weather worries there, and features dozens of vendors  (I didn't count, but it looks like 100 or so to me) selling handmade and vintage items.

Click on the name of the event to go to the website where you can download a "map" of the venue so you know where to find every vendor, including two HandmadeMN makers: Light Reading, a mother-daughter team specializing in handmade lamp shades ... 

Lampshade made from photo slides by Light Reading 

and XO Handworks, maker of upcycled goods such as hand-soldered pendants and more ...

Soldered pendant with vintage book page by XO Handworks 

Next up, starting on Thursday, April 28 and running through Sunday, May 1, 10–6 each day, is the Red Door Spring Sale, 3121 16th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Here's another mix of vintage-rustic and handmade with several local makers, including LyriCol Design, with their totes, towels, and more ...

Cherry print fabric tissue holder from Lyricol.Designs. You need one of these, you know you do!
and Mimi's Fun Stuff, selling their own handwoven and upcycled scarves, bags & purses, cotton handwoven totes, woven mug rugs, baby afghans, and ceramic tile coasters.

Handwoven scarf by Mimi's Fun Stuff

Rounding out the month is the Handmade Market and Pet Vendor Fair, on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bloomington Army National Guard Armory, 3300 W. 98th St., in Bloomington, of course. It's a benefit for SMART Inc., an animal rescue group, and it features pet-related items and handmade and upcycled goods for the home.

Including fine silver, gold, gemstone and pearl jewelry by My Naptime Jewelry, so named because it's all handcrafted during naptime. How can you not get behind that? Especially when she manages to make such elegant items as this gold necklace:

Minimalist gold necklace from My Naptime Jewelry

And there you have it for the month of April. If that isn't enough for you, don't despair. May kicks off with Craftstravaganza and the Nokomis Spring Urban Craft and Art Fair, both on May 7.  My next installment here on the HandmadeMN blog will be on Monday, May 2, so look for more details on those events and more May arty fun then!

In the meantime, you can always plan ahead by checking the upcoming shows page right here on the HandmadeMN blog, which is continuously updated as member makers report in with their events.

Happy spring, and happy art and craft show hopping!