Thursday, September 7, 2017

Here we come, Columbus...Are you ready??

Meet Sue Nason from You Made That?...
Sue Nason has been crafting and designing all her
life. Her endeavors have included sewing, basket weaving, quilting,
embroidery, and paper and fiber arts.
Her Fiber Necklaces combine her love of color, texture, fibers, and
handcrafting. Offered in 32 colorways, Fiber Necklaces are unique and
versatile accessories.  Even within a colorway, no two are identical.

Sue works in her home studio in rural NW Ohio. This is her first
Avant-Garde Show.


Meet Barb Hubert from Eagle Wings Art...
Hi! My name is Barb Hubert and I've been retired for about 5 years now. I took up watercolor to give me something to do with myself, and I fell in love with art! After just 1 year with a friend/teacher, I took off and now after only 5 years and never painting a day before that, have over 300+ original watercolor paintings, mixed media paintings, plus prints of my paintings and print blank notecards.
I feel this is a gift that God has given me, so I give back to Him! 40% of my profits go to help, The Cleveland Pregnancy Center or the Bible League Int'l. I love painting, using different mediums, like real leaves, salt, saran wrap, and anything else to make my paintings different and unique! I love to experiment! I am inspired by all of nature around me, and I marvel at the works of God!

I, always, always, have a painting in process, usually 2 or 3! You will find birds, animals, owls, landscapes, children's art, florals, modern, and abstract art...plus I now am offering to paint your home in watercolor called "Pen and Wash"! For my Ohio State Fans, I'll add a Buckeye Flag to your painting! 
Take advantage of my free set of (5) blank notecards with your $30 purchase ($7 value) before taxes and fees! I have beautiful summer/fall/winter blank notecards for sale and I've started a new section to my art, which I call, "Scripture Options", with some of my paintings including gold with black plaques inscribed with inspirational scripture! Ask me about them! 
Make sure to visit me at Columbus Makoy Event Center on Sunday September 10, 2017!

Meet Lori Tribley from Lori's Lucky Charms...
 My name is Lori Tribley. I am a long time resident of Whitehall, Ohio. Married to an awesome husband, have a beautiful daughter and 2 absolutely wonderful grandsons. I enjoy watching my grandsons play baseball, gardening, cooking, and go bowling. Plus this year my mom just discovered through DNA testing that she is close to 60-72% Irish. She always said ‘everyone has a little bit of Irish in them…My sister and I were SO excited!! This is my 3rd Avant-Garde Show and I absolutely love the Team!
Lori’s Lucky Charms came to life in late 2015 when our backyard starting growing 4 leaf clovers and multiplying! I was inspired to create a feel good ‘something’ and share my luck with others when the 4 leaf clovers when they began multiplying in our yard 2 years ago. I couldn’t just let these rare beauties be run over by a lawn mower...
Thinking about what to do with the clovers, I did some internet research as to ‘why’ they are multiplying and stumbled across a few you tube videos about how to seal leafs and walked into Hobby Lobby for the first time; asked where to find mod podge and just walked around for a couple hours when I ended up in the jewelry section….

Creating Lori’s Lucky Charms begins our backyard, I first dry, then seal, and look for items I can secure the clovers into safely. I really can’t explain why I have always had the ability to spot 4 leaf clovers and when they appears in my yard I was thrilled!
Five years from now I would be thrilled if the clovers continue to grow in our yard, and if they do, I would like to expand to home parties or participate in motivational special events

I really just want to share my luck with others! I feel it brings a positive aura and makes people smile knowing they have a lucky charm.
2017 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday September 11, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5461 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Meet our Eclectic Artisans and Crafters this Fall!

Meet Mary Steiner from Wreath Vine Designs...
I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, the seventh of twelve children. I was employed at the telephone company for 25 years, and that is where I met my husband, Jim. I have a daughter Ann Marie, a son Daniel, and his wife Ann Marie, (must’ve be a popular name)! I have two West Highland White Terrier dogs, Nicholas and Alexandra, and a grand dog Lhasa Apso, named Max.
I’ve always had an eye for design and after taking a cake decorating class started a cake decorating business.  At first it was just birthday cakes mostly for family and friends but soon, by word of mouth, it became a fulltime wedding cake business. After 3 years I had to give the business up when my husband was transferred to Albuquerque, NM, and subsequently to Scottsdale, AZ and then Denver, Co.  So for the most part I would only do cakes for family and friends.
We moved back to Ohio and settled in Powell where both of our children live. After moving so many times, decorating each home was a joy for me. I was shopping for a wreath for my front door and was amazed at the prices and quality of what I saw. A lightbulb went off:  I can do this for cheaper and better.  I found an online group and mentor who teaches not only design but how to market your products as well. So for this latest business venture it’s only been six months and I hope someday to share my design knowledge with others, until then I hope they enjoy my wreaths.
I am inspired to create because of the stress relief it provides me. I go to my design room, and from there my mind goes into high gear thinking of the many things I’ve experienced as we've travelled around the country and how to incorporate them into a design.

Please feel free to visit my Etsy webpage,www.wreathvinedesignsllc.etsy.com, and/or regular webpage :www.wreathvinedesignsllc.com.

Meet Rhonda Griffin and Christy Legue from Lippy Lip Balm...
Rhonda and Christy have been friends since our sons were in Kindergarten. Now we have seniors this fall. Rhonda is a beekeeper in Centerburg Ohio. When she started harvesting the honey she realized that she had beeswax too. We chatted about a craft/hobby we could make together and came up with lip balm. Christy enjoys making the creative names for the lip balm flavors. 
We've been doing our craft for roughly 5 years. Started out as a hobby to gift to family and friends. Now we love to make new flavors and share them with others at craft fairs. This will be our second Avant-Garde Show!

What inspires us.. All the unique flavors and intriguing and love brainstorming clever flavor names. 

How we discovered our talent..  We didn't think it was a talent although it was tricky finding just the right recipe for the best lip balm quality. I believe our talent may be picking just the right flavors to suit everyone's liking. 
Our creative process. We order flavor oils based on what season is coming up and which ones are the best sellers. After sniffing we come up with the best lip balm marketing from the look to the names. 

Our five year goal.. We would hope that we are able to continue to sell out of what we make in a reasonable time. It would be great if we could have enough success to support our families doing this!

The message behind our work.. Best friends making lip balm to share with the world. 

Meet Neera Sharma from Neera's Fine Art and Creations...
My name is Neera Sharma, I am an author of a cookbook, an artist making fine art, a designer hand painting silk and chiffon scarves and making homemade Indian spices. This will be my third Avant-Garde show!
I have been making art since I was very young. My cook book was published in 2014, I spent 3 years in writing the book because I did everything myself from cooking, writing to layout, taking food pictures, editing them, front-back cover and promoting it. Painting scarves started in 2015 when I first made them for my daughters as Christmas gifts. 

My inspiration come from nature. I got into my craft because I have several artists in my family. I feel that art is so beautiful that I love to create. I discovered my talent at a very young age when I was in school, I did a centerpiece artwork for an exhibition.
My five year goal is that my artwork, scarves and cookbook will be known and sell in US and internationally! 

The message behind my work is to be honest to yourself, your work, connect with people who like your work and bring them together through your work; whether through art, and design or cooking!
2017 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday September 11, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5461 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Columbus Fall Show is Around the Corner!

Meet Marla Patton and Boni Yakubik from Knot Just Wood n Bows...
My name is Marla Patton and my mothers is Boni Yakubik.  My mother and I have always been crafty kind of people and love to be creative and see what we can come up with.  

My mother has always been good being creative and has always inspired me. We are self taught and love to push ourselves and see just what we can do. We are a very close family and tend to hang out with each other many days of the week. 
If we are not crafting we are out playing or crafting with my 8 yr old niece who keeps us very busy when she visits. We have always done many crafts for friends and family and have just started selling our crafts in the fall of 2015. 
Although we have attended two craft shows; this will be our 1st show with Avant-Garde and we are excited to be attending this year! 

We are inspired by many things whether it be nature, colors, patterns or holidays we always find something to get our minds thinking of the next craft.  We have branched out in making many crafts from decorative wooden blocks, to wreaths, silhouette paintings as well as decorative glassware. 
You can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/knotjustwoodnbowsWe can customize just about any thing we do so; we are always happy interacting with our customers and seeing how excited they are when they find something for their homes or as a gift for someone else's home! 

Meet Troy Howard from SklynArt...
I have been drawing, painting, and creating art for 20+ years. Graduate in Art and Technology from The Ohio State University. I’ve created artwork for companies and agencies such as Bud Light and Denver Broncos, Found Art Agency and RAW. My artwork and creative style has been featured in Studio Visit and American Art Collector Magazines, Ohio State Art Exhibits, The Ohio State Fair not to mention a variety of juried art shows and exhibitions in Ohio and surrounding areas. Bottom line is I love what I do and will always be humbled and thankful for every opportunity to create for others.



What inspires me to create? Honestly anything. It’s the best way to express myself without technically speaking. I try my best to translate what I feel, thoughts, and stories I’ve heard or read to paper, canvas, etc.
How I discovered my talent.. Most likely my mom discovered it and my grandma trained and nurtured it from the start, then I just kept going as I became older.
My creative process.. I spend more time think about what I want to say or get the audience to think about. Art like picture is about capturing the right moment. Once I know what I want to say the fun part is actually creating it.
Where I see myself in 5 years.. I just want to leave my mark on the world. It would be awesome to be known worldwide, travel, and be recognized as one of the greatest. But I mainly focus on how I can add value in others’ lives through my artwork.
The message behind my work is that you can truly create anything you want in the world through art, and how art can really be more than just something nice to look at!
Meet Sarah Wells from Sarah Wells Art & Illustration
I moved to Columbus from Pittsburgh sixteen years ago to attend Columbus College of Art and Design where my primary focus was traditional animation. Now, my day job has me working with senior adults as the front desk receptionist at a retirement community (which I love!), but in my free time I do art and illustration. 
I started drawing cartoons when I was in middle school and over the years I've branched out into illustration and mural painting as well.
I'm inspired by my sense of humor! I love art that's quirky and fun, and I love to create the same kind of images for others. If I can make someone smile with my art, then I've done my job. 
How I got into my craft.. I found that I was much happier doing art on a freelance basis, on my own time, being my own boss. I started creating prints of my work after I got several requests for them. It's sort of snowballed from there. I discovered my talent during an assignment in seventh grade English class that involved drawing cartoons.
My creative process.. If I have an idea for something a little unusual or funny, I try to make it translate visually so that it's universally enjoyable. A lot of the time there are things that are just funny/interesting to ME, and not everyone else, so I end up scrapping a lot of ideas. But every once in awhile I find a keeper. I start with pencil sketches and then scan them into the computer where I digitally paint them. 
My five year goal... Hopefully still doing art that makes me happy and, if I'm very lucky, does the same for other people.
The message behind my work is: Fun! There's a lot of serious business that surrounds us on a daily basis. We all need a mental break, even if it's just momentary.
Meet Sophie Knee from SOAP CUBED...
I am Sophie Knee, from SOAP CUBED.  I was born in the United Kingdom, and arrived in Ohio in 1988, as a young adult.  I have a Fine Arts background and day job, but have been making things all my life.  Making stuff was “normal” on both sides of our family; people sewed, knitted, crocheted, built furniture, baked bread, developed film, and did home canning.  One of my grandfathers (a high school teacher during the day) had a hidden talent for cake decorating.  Sometimes people make fun of me for doing myself, instead of paying other people to do, but the truth is, when I create, I feel connected to the people who first taught me how.
I started making soap in the winter of 2016.  I have lived with skin allergies all my life, and had read that natural soaps are gentler on the skin than most of what's commercially available. When I made my first batch (It was “Lavender Brown”), I tested it first by washing my hands for a week, then taking it into the shower, then finally used it on my face.  When that was OK, I asked some family members to be my testers.  My family: 6 adults, 3 teenagers, 4 PhDs, about 8 other academic degrees (various), 6 people (plus self) have skin allergies (various).  They are the “nerds with skin allergies”.  They're opinionated people, and pretty soon they all started asking me for particular kinds of soap, and telling me what they thought of what I already made.  In rather a short time, I had made more soap than I knew what to do with, and still wanted to make more.  I have been washing with handmade soap for about 6 months now, and my skin has really improved: no allergic rash, and less need for lotion.  

Also, I found that I really love making soap.  The basic ingredients are very simple, and nothing special.  I find most base oils kind of gross, Lye is (honestly) quite scary.  When you combine these ingredients correctly, you get a magical (OK, it's really chemical) reaction, and then you have soap.  Yes,  botanicals and essential oils are beautiful, and also seem like magic to me, but they represent only a tiny part of the soap.  Soap smells great, and it cleans everything.  (Did I mention I'm a nerd?  This is the Miracle of Saponification”.)  
I came up with a packaging system, and a logo.  This was fun, too; I got help from my sister (PhD in Biology), and designed the SOAP CUBED logo.  Then I set up an Etsy shop, all the time listening to a little voice in the back of my head, telling me that people needed to see (and smell) this stuff in person.  The Columbus Fall show will be my third Avant – Garde craft show; so far, “live” events have definitely worked best for me.  I believe that SOAP CUBED is still in the “proof of concept” phase,  and I don't think I can see what will happen 5 years from now.  I do know that I want to create something beautiful and good (The Eternal Search for Truth and Beauty), and I hope to continue building SOAP CUBED, as I identify top selling cubes, such as Lavender Brown, Smoke a Clove, or Tobacco & Rosewood, and create new essential blends.  SOAP CUBED is about creating a simple, more natural option for skin care, that can still smell great, look beautiful, and reduce packaging waste from the skincare routine. 

2017 Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday September 11, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5461 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Show Time!

Meet Sophie Knee from Soap Cubed...
I am Sophie Knee, from SOAP CUBED.  I was born in the United Kingdom, and arrived in Ohio in 1988, as a young adult.  I have a Fine Arts background and day job, but have been making things all my life.  Making stuff was “normal” on both sides of our family; people sewed, knitted, crocheted, built furniture, baked bread, developed film, and did home canning.  One of my grandfathers (a high school teacher during the day) had a hidden talent for cake decorating.  Sometimes people make fun of me for doing myself, instead of paying other people to do, but the truth is, when I create, I feel connected to the people who first taught me how.
I started making soap in 2016.  I have lived with skin allergies all my life, and had read that natural soaps are gentler on the skin than most of what's commercially available. When I made my first batch (It was “Lavender Brown”), I tested it first by washing my hands for a week, then taking it into the shower, then finally used it on my face.  When that was OK, I asked some family members to be my testers.  My family: 6 adults, 3 teenagers, 4 PhDs, about 8 other academic degrees (various), 6 people (plus self) have skin allergies (various).  They are the “nerds with skin allergies”.  They're opinionated people, and pretty soon they all started asking me for particular kinds of soap, and telling me what they thought of what I already made.  In rather a short time, I had made more soap than I knew what to do with, and still wanted to make more.  I have been washing with handmade soap for about 6 months now, and my skin has really improved: no allergic rash, and less need for lotion.
Also, I found that I really love making soap.  The basic ingredients are very simple, and nothing special.  I find most base oils kind of gross, Lye is (honestly) quite scary.  When you combine these ingredients correctly, you get a magical (OK, it's really chemical) reaction, and then you have soap.  Yes,  botanicals and essential oils are beautiful, and also seem like magic to me, but they represent only a tiny part of the soap.  Soap smells great, and it cleans everything.  (Did I mention I'm a nerd?  This is the Miracle of Saponification”.)  

I came up with a packaging system, and a logo.  This was fun, too; I got help from my sister (PhD in Biology), and designed the SOAP CUBED logo.  Then I set up an Etsy shop, all the time listening to a little voice in the back of my head, telling me that people needed to see (and smell) this stuff in person.  That led to my very first ever Avant Garde Craft Show, which went well, so the Columbus show will be my second.  I believe that SOAP CUBED is still in the “proof of concept” phase,  and I don't think I can see what will happen 5 years from now.  I do know that I want to create something beautiful and good (The Eternal Search for Truth and Beauty?).  SOAP CUBED is about finding a safer, more natural option for skin care, that can still smell great, and look beautiful. 

Meet Pam Walton from Craft Addict...
I am an engineer by day and crafter by night/weekend.  I have an understanding husband and two teenagers (one who just graduated high school!)  I don’t often sit around with nothing to do! I'm my fourth year of business!

What inspires me... I dabble in many types of crafts. When I see things online or in craft stores I always want to see if I can do something similar.
My business started as a fundraiser.  My daughter wanted to go on an international trip and I wanted to teach her that you have to work for what you want.  People don’t generally like to hand over money for nothing.  So we brainstormed different ideas of products we could make and sell.  This was only going to be a one year thing.  I enjoyed it too much to quit!  Her international trip fell through, but now proceeds will go toward the purchase of her first car.  Next goal is to help defray costs of college!
My mom taught me basic crochet when I was nine and I grew to have a talent for drawing and music as a teenager.  I have always doubted my true creativity so I tended to create ‘crafts’ instead of ‘art’ (I follow instructions well).  But many crafts aren’t cost effective until you are creating larger quantities of items.  Craft Addict has afforded me the opportunity to experiment with many facets of the crafting world, from sewing to making candles to different styles of jewelry to putting images on wood in one fashion or another.  I’ll never stop searching for that next ‘talent’!

My creative process.. I feel like I’m always looking.  Specialty groups on Facebook, friends’ suggestions, craft stores, Pinterest, YouTube are all sources of inspiration.  Sometimes it’s a new style of something I already do.  Sometimes it’s a whole new genre with which to experiment!
My five year goal.. In five years both of my children will be grown and on their own.  I will then have the open schedule to attend more shows in the spring and fall/winter (I’m currently limited to summer months).  I also intend to foster a larger presence online.  People ask if I’m going to be bored once my busy kids leave the nest … nope … got that covered!

The message behind my work is that I provide product that can beautify both the person and the home without emptying the wallet.  It doesn’t take a million bucks to look like a million bucks! View more of my work at www.shopcraftaddict.com or my facebook group www.facebook.com/pamcraftaddict.

2017 Columbus Summer Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, June 11, 2017
 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Glitz and Glam Vendors!

Meet Debra Smith Tolley from Mad River Joys...
Mad River Joys is a newly established business by Debra Smith Tolley that is still experiencing many "firsts". The 2017 Columbus Summer Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will be her first Avant-Garde show as a vendor. That show comes only twelve days before Mad River Joys' first anniversary.
Debra grew up along the Mad River in rural Urbana, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University with an architectural design degree. She has always loved nature and design, so she is now combining those loves to bring to many others the joys they give her.

Debra's many items of home décor, jewelry, and photography are handmade by her design. The designs reflect her desire to bring joy to everyone, everyday.
Items include pocket memory keys, fairy gardens, shower curtain dangles, bookmarks, ornaments, ornament hangers, beaded tea lights, wine glass charms, bottle stoppers, beaded napkin rings, purse dangles, sun catchers, decorated glassware, door hangings, fan/light pulls, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, photo coasters, photo mouse mats, and framed photos. The list of products is always growing.

The photos are all taken by Debra, or her husband, Frederick "B'ar" Tolley.
Mad River Joys' products may be purchased anytime online at MadRiverJoys.com or on Facebook at Mad River Joys. The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show is one of several "in person buying opportunities" Mad River Joys offers as listed on its website show calendar or Facebook page events.
Custom orders are welcomed. Some items work wonderfully for wedding décor.
Since most items are handmade to order, delivery may take two to four weeks. If items are in stock, they will be shipped right away.

Debra's inspiration generally comes from a combination of a walk in her large yard, materials on hand, and shared pictures of others creations.

She would love to have a staff producing her designs in the next five years.
Thank you for visiting, and please look to Mad River Joys to be sure to have little joys in your daily life.

Meet Carolyn Scono from Jewelry by Carolyn Scono...
I absolutely love what I create and take pride in the design and quality of each piece that someone will love wearing.  I have been designing and creating jewelry since 2003.  I get pleasure from creating pieces that are distinctive, one of a kind, easy to wear at affordable prices.
Design inspiration comes from the semi-precious gemstones, cultured pearls or glass beads that are introduced in most pieces to craft elegant art jewelry.  My work is handmade, constantly evolving and fresh applying a variety of techniques to create unique designs--such as metalsmithing/soldering, wire-wrapping, and fold-forming; beading; weaving chain maille patterns and Kumihimo. 

Additional information about my work may be found on: Website: www.carolynscono.com, Facebook: Jewelry by Carolyn Scono.

Meet Julie Ross from De Constructed...
I have been creating jewelry for about 5 years. But never sold anything until two years ago!

I am inspired by absolutely everything! Especially people and clothing. Sometimes I become overwhelmed with ideas that I can’t even sort it all out in my brain. Once I get creating, I can go until the wee hours of the morning.
I began scrapbooking years ago and my interests began to evolve into mixed media type projects. Somewhere along the line I began playing around with old jewelry. The endless possibilities intrigued me. I began finding unusual items to incorporate into my jewelry. I love to scour flea markets and yard sales looking for old/broken/discarded jewelry and other rusty and unusual found items. My passion is to bring new life to these unwanted items.
I was shopping in a little boutique in Galena, Ohio, Talula’s. I overheard a conversation about making jewelry. I spoke up and said “that’s what I do” (very unusual of me BTW). The next thing I know I am meeting with the owner and began selling some of my jewelry at her boutique. I owe her so much for giving me the confidence to really “put myself out there” and show the world what I love to do.

My creative process is a HOT mess! I have to have my supplies scattered about in front of me. I have always been a messy creator.

The message behind my work is that everything old can be revitalized and new again!

Meet Joyce Dorn from Jewelry Designs by JoyD...
I have been creating Jewelry for about 10 years, I knew I was meant to do this when I visited the Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Columbus. As soon as I stepped into the Jewelry area – every sensor in me was pinging inside me and I knew I found a place I could express myself. With this I have also taken other classes from local Bead stores and Workshops in and out of Ohio to learn more and get better at my craft of metalsmithing.
I have participated in six shows with Avant Garde. I am thrilled to be part of this event and have learned quite a bit about selling my pieces and interacting and helping customers. I like that I see the returning customers at the shows. Greeting new people and helping them make their jewelry choices. It helps me improve my design choices and see what customers are looking for. I have altered pieces to so they have the best fit for them. So I guess you could say my customers inspire me to create and continue to learn.
My creative process is based on what I have learned and I pour over magazines and pictures even the coloring books looking at drawings or that “spark”. I don’t copy I create my version. I have jewelry mentors – people that inspire me with their styles – I don’t copy them but they create my desire to do better!
In five years – I hope I can say I have a customer base that I can cater to and hope that I can attend more workshops to continue learning. I like the rustic in my designs – I like working with the copper and silver metal and wire components.

If there is a message to be learned – I would say it would be to continue to learn and find new methods of creating. Be true to yourself – and your craft.


2017 Columbus Summer Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, June 11, 2017
 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
LINKEDIN