Friday, December 1, 2017

Only 3 days away!!

Meet Emily Shaw from Sweet Aromas by Auntie Em...
My name is Emily Shaw. I am from Columbia, Missouri, and I moved to Hilliard in the summer of 2017 to pursue a PhD in Nutritional Sciences at The Ohio State University. I make hand-poured soy wax candles and melts. My interest in candle-making started last December - my mom loves the scent of lilacs but has always had trouble finding lilac scented candles. I took it upon myself to make her lilac scented candles as a Christmas gift that year, and I have continued learning and working to perfect the art of candle-making! 
After several months of learning and testing, Sweet Aromas by Auntie Em was born. The name embodies what I want to capture with my work, as I feel I am the best version of myself when I am around my two nephews, Hudson and Harrison. I have been able to connect to people through my work in creating what they want in a candle. I have fulfilled requests for novelty scents such as pizza, bacon, and Booberry cereal, I have customized a candle in remembrance of a customer's friend who had passed away, and I am always open to hearing new ideas. 
This will be my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, and my second craft show overall. I hope to continue making candles for many years and to expand the presence of my business, both locally and online.

Meet Bob Corby from Back Porch Comics...
My name is Bob Corby I am the owner of Back Porch Comics. I run the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) in Columbus each year and have been a small press comics publisher since the mid-80s. Some of the comics I produce are hand printed linoleum cuts which is what will be featured at this show. I also produce Oh, Comics! an annual comics anthology which features many local Columbus area artists and writers and a number of different minicomics.
I have been doing comic conventions since 1986, and started SPACE in 2000. I have also done a few craft shows in the past. I have been drawing comics since I was a child. I build ideas from the absurdity of daily life. I got interested in linoleum printing in high school, and was reintroduced to it as an advisor with the Columbus Art Explorer Post 407.
I began doing this as a business because I wanted people to read my work. It sparks from something within my imagination that I just want to share with others. I enjoy this hobby because I have a somewhat stressful regular career, so doing something handmade is very therapeutic.

The message that lies behind my work is don't let anybody stop you.

Meet Linda Saville-Roth from Tino's Treasure...
I retired from The Ohio State University, Microbiology Department in December 2011. I grew up on a farm in southwest Ohio and have always enjoyed the outdoors. I’m married and have two grown children.
I have been doing this since Summer 2012. This will be the fourth Avant-Garde show that I have participated in! My husband and I enjoy travel, hiking, and camping. I’m inspired by the forms I see in nature.
When I retired, I had plenty of time to “explore my artistic side”.  After reading an article about fairy houses and seeing an exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, I constructed some houses of my own design. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and seeing where my creativity leads me.
First I collect interesting items from nature that have a shape or texture that I like. I then select a container. Usually the shape and size of the container helps me as I begin to choose nature items to turn it into a fairy house.
In 5 years, I expect to continue participating in four to five juried art shows per year. All the materials for my houses are collected from nature. Preserving resources and the environment are important to me.

Meet Christy Sturtz from Just Try It, Georgie!...
This is my first Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show.  I began writing my first children's book in 2011 and it was published in 2016.  I was inspired to author a children's book because I am a teacher and mother, and having read thousands of children's books with my students and my children, I wanted to create one of my own.  The theme was chosen in response to a concern I had for young children and the characters, story, and information I included were chosen to teach while entertaining. 

I began writing my first book as a creative writing project with my oldest daughter.  We brainstormed characters together, and I showed her how to research facts about the animal characters we'd chosen.  I continued to work on the story when I had the time while working as a full time mother of three and a reading tutor.  Once I had a finished manuscript, I sent it to my brother, who is an artist, and asked him to illustrate the book.  We found a small independent publishing company in Ohio to design and publish our book.  My brother has since written and illustrated his own book, and we are working an a second book together.  I have done several preschool and elementary school visits where I talk about the writing and publishing process, and we have done a few school visits together, including illustration demonstrations.
Teaching is my passion, so I love to teach through my stories and my interactions with children.  I'm looking to set up more author visits at local preschools and elementary schools so that I can encourage more children in their love of literature and writing.  I have designed a writer's workshop that I hope to begin doing with students in local elementary schools as well, in which students publish their own children's book to share with younger children.

Meet Emily Mullen from Written Paper Goods...
I'm Emily Mullen, the writer/artist/founder of Written Paper Goods. I grew up in Vermont, came to Ohio by way of The College of Wooster, and moved to Columbus in 2010. I love this city and its incredible creative community! 
In the spring of 2016 I quit my job as a writer and editor of an online magazine and founded Written Paper Goods. Back then, each card was individually handmade with my old school calligraphy dip pen. Since then I've learned how to digitally manipulate my lettering. This enables me to continue creating designs featuring my unique hand lettering style (which I still achieve using that same calligraphy dip pen!), add color and pattern to my designs, and sell my products at a much more affordable price point. 
This will be my first Avant-Garde show! I'm excited to meet more makers and more people who love to shop local. More and more I'm realizing they're my favorite kinds of people.

I've always loved whittling down a phrase until it feels just right, until every word feels as though it's in its right place. I always planned on being a writer, but once I got there, I found that I felt too hemmed in, writing for other people.
My designs are inspired by my life, by my relationships, by the sentiments that I want to share with the people who matter to me. Sometimes a friend will be going through something rough, or I'll listen to an awesome podcast, or read an incredible book, and I'll have an idea waiting to be polished and turned into something unique to Written Paper Goods. That's why I love Instagram so much; not all of these ideas are quite right for a greeting card. Instagram enables me to share those moments of inspiration freely. (If you're curious, you can find me @WrittenPaperGoods.)
I had been intrigued by calligraphy for a long time, but when I finally started dabbling in it, I didn't enjoy the rigorous training involved in learning the precise styles of traditional calligraphy. Instead, I found that I wanted to create something new, something that felt unique and personal to me. 

It sounds silly, but I've gotten a lot of compliments on my handwriting over the years! I used to work at a stationery shop, and customers were always half-jokingly asking if I would address their envelopes for them. I think all that flattery was percolating in the back of my mind, just waiting for me to find a medium. Turns out, a calligraphy dip pen was just what I needed to get those creative juices flowing!

My creative process could be described as "structured whimsy." Like I said before, inspiration can come from anywhere, and the work of turning an idea into final wording can look like long walks, journaling, spending half an hour scribbling various combinations of words. It's basically the quintessential artist montage, lots of inky fingers and gazing out windows thoughtfully. But once I've finalized the wording, everything gets technical and I have a strict process that requires a lot of drafting by hand and (somewhat tedious) work on the computer. I love that the stages balance each other out, even though both have their frustrations. And seeing the final design is always worth it. 

In 5 years, I want to see Written Paper Goods carried in shops around the country, and I want it to be turning enough profit that I can focus on it full time. I want my designs to really strike a chord with people, so I can support myself entirely by creating work that motivates people and inspires true connection.

I strive to write authentic sentiments that ring true. I think the world would be a better place if we were all more honest, more vulnerable, and more generous with our love. Whether it's a card that's perfect for your bestie, a print that's perfect for your office wall, or a coffee mug that's the perfect reminder to be your best self, I want Written Paper Goods to help you be more present, more connected and more authentic. 

2017 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday December 2, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5461 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
Visit us on:

Meet some of our amazing Columbus vendors!!

Meet Anna Allen from Corn Husk Dolls...
My name is Anna Allen, and I am a corn husk doll artist.  I’ve always had a love for Old Time music and traditional Appalachian Mountain crafts and art.  I’m happiest when I’m creating. I have been making my dolls for about 9 years. This is my first Avant-Garde show, and I’m honored to participate.
Inspiration for my dolls comes from my Appalachian roots.  I like creating old time scenes from nature, old stories, and memories of my grandparent’s Old Time customs. My brother was an artist, and he was a great influence. I’ve always been the creative type.  As I created more corn husk dolls, my skills improved, making me realize I had a talent for it.

Each corn husk doll tells a story.  My creative process, like a story, has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  However, sometimes my dolls tell me what they want to be. My five-year goal is to have more time to devote to my craft and continue to improve. The message of my art is the importance of preserving the Appalachian culture.
Meet Waldena Hendrix from Pine Needle Art...
I create coiled art from long-leaf pine needles in the time-honored Native American tradition.  As a modern coiling artist, I create contemporary baskets with asymmetry, bright colors, and unexpected patterns.  Like many original Native American objects, my baskets are both beautiful and utilitarian.  I use wood, clay, natural and dyed Southern Long Leaf pine needles, waxed thread, and various embellishments to produce decorative and unique pieces.  As a descendant of both Appalachian America and the Cherokee peoples of the Tennessee Valley, my European ancestors included talented quilters, blacksmiths, clock makers, gunsmiths and painters.  I strive to continue a tradition of pride in craftsmanship. I’ve been creating pine needle art for over 14 years, but this is the first Avant-Garde show in which I have participated.
I find inspiration in nature and the unique items I find in thrift or antique stores which I upcycle into my pine needle art.I first tried creating coiled pine needle art after seeing a photo of an old coiled basket.  It required a few years to develop my skill enough to give my finished pieces as gifts and participate in art and craft shows.
I can’t say that I discovered my talent.  I was just determined to master it even if it took several years to do so. I often imagine a finished product and draw a rough sketch for inspiration.  Coiling is like meditation.  The concentration required allows me to forget all other distractions.
Although I am still employed full time, I hope I can continue and expand my creativity into my retirement. My coiled pine needle art does not send a message but exists as an example of the beautiful items one can create with nature’s bounty.
Meet Will Bezio from Art of Will Bezio...

My name is Will Bezio and I am from Columbus, Ohio where I live with my wife and 2 small children. I have a degree in Fine Arts, specializing in drawing and photography from BGSU. I also have an additional degree in Fashion Design from CCAD. 

I have been painting and photographing since college...about 17 years! This will be my first Avant-Garde show. 
I am inspired by pop culture, anything creative from fantasy books, sci-fi movies, or runway shows. I have always been creating art since I was able to pick up a pencil. I studied oil painting in Florence, Italy for a semester and fell in love with their techniques. From there it evolved into my style. 

Most of my paintings and photography are very organized and planned out. I love line work and contrast. I love what I do and will always be doing art. Not sure where it will take me but I will surely enjoy the ride. 

I love pop culture and the amazing creativity that others bring to the world. I am a huge fan and love creating something fun and beautiful that can be shared

Meet Kelli Johnson from Kelli's Crochet...
My name is Kelli E. Johnson and I am the owner and sole designer of kellij’s crochet creations. I create handmade crochet accessories that include; scarves (custom, infinity, standard style, sports team), cowls, wraps, leg warmers, ear warmers, wrist warmers, hats (beanie, kitty, slouchy), bags (clutch, hobo, messenger), pillows, throw blankets, baby blankets and afghans. This is my 3rd event but my 1st with Columbus Avant-Garde and I am beyond excited!

When I crochet, I maintain a connection to my mother who first taught me how when I was 8 years old. My first commissioned business opportunity was three years ago, when I was asked to crochet scarves that were being given as Holiday gifts. I credit that moment as being the fire that was lit in me to turn what I considered my beginner crochet skills into an actual business. My ability to transform a single strand of yarn into a handcrafted fashionable accessory is a magical and humble process.
My Facebook Crochet Groups, Youtube, Pinterest, Google searches, the yarn aisles of any craft/retail store as well as my closest friends provide me with a steady flow of inspiration. My creative process centers around yarn, yarn and more yarn. As long as I have a robust supply of yarn in my craft room/office, I will crochet until I have lost the feeling in my fingers. My greatest satisfaction with my craft comes from hearing my 4 year old granddaughter call me “Scarf Gurl”.
My five year goal is to continue to broaden my product base by creating different types of accessories that will offer me a presence throughout the four seasons. My current line caters mostly to the fall and winter months. I also want to attend as many events as my inventory will allow. I would like to sell my accessories in local boutiques and also create an online presence. I am in a constant state of growing and developing my crochet skills. I persistently learn new crochet stitches and designs from Youtube and have yet to learn how to read crochet patterns.
My message is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt…”You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do”.
Custom orders are welcomed.
View more of my creations on Facebook and Instagram @ kellij’s crochet creations

Monday, November 27, 2017

We are headed your way this week, Columbus!

Meet Mark Bobulski from 'Twas Once A Tree...
‘Twas Once a Tree is a local woodworking business that started out as a hobby of mine and has grown into a dream that is coming true.  I originally started out by focusing on building fine furniture some 30 years ago.  That still is my true passion, but the smaller pieces that also make have a special place in my heart.
My other day job has been in manufacturing management for many years.  I have a keen understanding of the need for value to customers.  I have built the craft side of the business around this ideal, that we should provide a unique product, of high quality, at a fair price.  I am always looking for ways to speed up production, improve quality and increase speed to market with innovation.
The skill sets that I use in the shop range from mastering the use of century old hand planes, to the most recent purchase of computer controlled cutting equipment.  A great satisfaction comes to me in transforming an already beautiful organic medium, such as rough piece of lumber, to a useful and unique art form that is appreciated by my customer.  My satisfaction comes from the fact that someone thinks highly enough of a piece we have created, to purchase it and take it home. It is like a little piece of me has been given out.  On some of the products I make, I literally control the design and manufacturing process from the fallen tree to the finished product, even supervising the cutting of the log at the sawmill.
We have expanded to other venues, as a result of the exposure from the shows and continue to grow each year.  I want to be careful in not expanding too quickly, as I still want the emphasis on value, quality and the handmade nature of the products we produce.
Some of my favorite pieces would have to be the Ohio shaped cutting boards and the Ohio shaped coasters.  Each is unique.  We have mastered the process to a high degree of satisfaction.  Our finishing process of the butcher block cutting boards involves a 12 step process that yields a sensuous feel to the board.  
We strive always to bring innovation to the product line, building on what we have learned from our past successes (and failures).  Recently we introduced Ohio shaped folding tables, reminiscent of the old TV table.  Ours are made of solid oak and feature engravings of the buckeye leaves on them.   We are also expanding and improving our line of Ohio jewelry that we introduced last year. We are always looking for ways to feature the shape of Ohio as our customers are very passionate about the pride for Ohio.
The challenge remains in front of us, in how to continue to gain controlled growth while maintaining the craft nature.  I still want to get the same enjoyment and satisfaction for what I do.  I am striving to maintain the dream of what I truly love to do and not have it become mundane.  I don’t ever want to lose the appreciation of the God given beauty of the medium that ‘twas once a tree.

Meet Sandra Mckissick from Natalie Bliss Studio...
I've worked in the commercial art/creative world, in Design Consultancy, in an Advertising Agency, and also did Corporate Retail including Victoria's Secret. I was a Designer, a Creative Director, Marketing Director, Buyer, Program Manager, Production Manager, little bit of everything.
In 2010 a friend invited me to do a show with her. As it turns out I needed a self expression outlet! 
I have done one other Avant-Garde show... I loved it but I had some work and family responsibilities that made me step back for a few years.  My mom got me into crafting when she taught me to knit and it turned out to be good medium for me. As a young person I could draw. Went to Columbus College of Art & Design. As an adult my career in the creative world gave me confidence to try just about anything! 
My creative process can start with a pattern or an interesting fiber. I just get into it. It's very satisfying to create something! Knitting is a labor of love. It's not really about making money. I've always worked full-time and now this is for ME! Shows are like a party with activities! I meet so many interesting people. When someone loves what you make it makes it worthwhile.
I don't really have a message behind my work other than I hope people have fun with what I make. It's great when people try things on they love it! 

Meet Vivian Kammel from The Hand Letter Shop...
I started my calligraphy business on Etsy in November of 2016. This will be my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show!
The beauty of nature and how meaningful words can be made even more beautiful by the way they are written is really what inspires me. I’ve always loved to draw, but I saw how calligraphy could be used to brighten someone’s day or make a favorite quote even more special, and I wanted to add joy and value to people’s homes.
I’ve always loved to draw since I was a little girl, and I’ve tried out all kinds of styles and mediums. I love how flowers are so simple and so stunning.

I love suggestions from social media followers! Once I have an idea for florals to draw, I draw it a few times and then once I’m happy with where it is going, I freehand draw in ink on hot press watercolor paper. Then, I add color with vibrant watercolors. Lastly, I print locally with a small family owned print shop.
With lettering, I write out the entire quote to get an idea of where to place the words. Then I carefully measure out the lines and with a traditional calligraphy dip pen, I hand write the quote. In 5 years, I’d love to be more involved with weddings. I’ve done a couple so far and it has been blast!
I want to help women who feel overwhelmed with “adulting” and want to create a comfortable, happy home as they navigate things like paying the bills, making friends, and starting new jobs.

Meet Justin Highfield from Castle Keep Crafts...

We are geeky gamers that have turned our passion into art.  We have been crafting and making items for just over a year now.  It all started when Justin decided he wanted to try his hand at stained glass art.  The first piece was not perfect, but definitely sparked an interest that turned into passion.  Soon the crafting bug bit Amanda and she begin to make what we dub 'Seedy Guys' which is a plush seedy pod.  We also added some Needle-felted items that Justin's sister creates, and even started helping another young artist Kayden with starting out in the crafting world.
This will be our first Avant-Garde show. We are inspired by our dreams, our gaming, and our family and friends. Justin is a computer It professional that comes from a family that supports and values the arts.  He managed to transpose his technical skills (soldiering) into art.  Amanda has always been artistically inclined.  Her mother does pottery and painting and Amanda developed a passion for art at an early age.
Justin is methodical and tries to plan things out when it comes to glass.  Amanda is more free spirited, but does try to make mock ups and models of the items she creates so that she can better simply and make the creating process faster/easier.
We are hoping to ditch the 9-5 job in the next couple of years and do art shows, renaissance festivals, anime conventions, etc as a full time career. We bring imagination to life.  We truly value making items that make people smile and laugh.

2017 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday December 2, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5461 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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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 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
Visit us on:

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,, and/or regular webpage

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
Visit us on: