By Sharon Parker
Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 8, and isn't it convenient that there are two popular art-and-craft fairs taking place on the day before, one in St. Paul and the other in Minneapolis. That means you can skip the malls and big box retailers and buy handmade gifts directly from the makers. Yay! And maybe a little something for yourself, too.
Here's the line-up of May events, with a peek at items from some of the members of HandmadeMN who will be there.
Saturday, May 7, from 10 to 5, at the Progress Center, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul.
Look for these fabulous HandmadeMN artists when you go.
Cindy Lindgren, with cards, art prints and fabric in the Craftsman Nouveau style, like this beautiful Craftsman-style print of red poppies.
|Poppies art print by Cindy Lindgren|
KiyiKiyi, featuring unique soaps, lotions, bathbombs and lip balms. How about some colorful Alice in Wonderland inspired goat milk and olive oil soap? Doesn't that sound luxurious?
|Alice in Wonderland goat milk soap by Kiyi Kiyi|
Caddie Jo Designs, selling handmade cotton laminate raincoats and rainhats, and colorful cotton dresses and skirts. Maybe a cute colorful raincoat will be just the thing for a little girl you know.
|Girl's raincoat by Caddie Jo Designs|
Kaleidoscope Kitty, selling handspun yarn, like this beautiful colorful skein of silk yarn.
|Handspun silk yarn by Kaleidoscope Kitty|
LyricCol Design will be showcasing hand-painted totes and towels, like this cotton canvas tote with more pretty poppies.
|Hand stenciled cotton tote from LyricCol Designs|
Nokomis Spring Urban Craft and Art Fair
Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 to 4 p.m., at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis.
The following members of HandmadeMN will be there:
Jeff Ambroz: Mixed media artwork and hand-crafted goods
Suz and Roo: Fun handmade jewelry and vintage-inspired tees
Mimi's Fun Stuff: Handwoven bags & purses, handwoven shawls, upcycled denim cell phone bags, purses & totes
Metaling Susie: Handmade rustic metal jewelry
Susie B. Handicraft: Pet toys, pet beds, recycled storage containers, recycled tote bags
Next weekend, May 14–15, we've got one at the fairgrounds in St. Paul again, and another in Duluth's lovely Lester Park.
May 14–15; Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 5, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds grandstand. There you'll find delightfully nerd-centric practical items from Daydreamers Emporium, such as handlebar purses, coasters, and handy bags (top-handle bags)
Second Saturday Marketplace On May 14, Saturday only, from 10 to 3, at Lester Park Community Center, 106 N. 54th Ave. S., Duluth (take 5th Ave. off E. Superior St.) Among the participating artists is Tanya Beyer, with her original watercolors and mixed media featuring native flowers, wild birds and landscapes of the Upper Midwest, plus cards and prints.
May 20–22; Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon–8, and Sunday noon–5, at sites all around Northeast Minneapolis.
See these HandmadeMN artists at the following sites:
In the Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE (55413) Shadow Box Art presents wooden shadow boxes filled with natural items.
And at the Grain Belt Bottling House, 79 13th Ave NE (55413), Cheri C. Meyer showcases her jewelry made with elaborate beadweaving techniques.
The final weekend of the month, Memorial Day weekend, offers a couple of fun destination events for art and craft loving road trippers (as well as those who happen to live in or near Webster, Wisconsin and Brainerd, Minnesota, of course).
Arts and Crafts Extravaganza
Sat., May 28, from 9 to 4, on the grounds of the Webster, Wisconsin, elementary school.
Look for functional rock creations made with stones sourced from around Lake Superior by Naturally Unique Rock.
And rounding out the month, Brainerd, Minnesota, is the site of the
Olde Depot Junktion
May 28–29, Saturday from 10 to 5, and Sunday from 10 to 2, at the Northern Pacific Event Center, 1511 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd 56401.
For $8 admission, see dozens of vendors displaying and selling an eclectic mix of fabulous items, and look for unique lamps and shades from LightReading as well.