Friday, March 5, 2021

It's Show Time!

MeltingJellyBean: Mary Jane Byler

MeltingJellyBean was created as a necessity to escape from the stress of work and the pandemic. My inspirations come from nature and other artists. 

As an essential worker, I squeeze in the time to experiment and create unique works. I love the movement and colors of fluid art and resin. 

Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co.: Renne and Keith Sanders

My name is Renee and my husband and I are the founders and owners of Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co. Together we operate our family business with our two children. We have been married for 14 years. We love and enjoy creating our products and interacting with our customers. We have been operating our business now for the last 5 years. We are very excited since this is our first show with Avant-Garde. 

We are inspired to create by our family. We think about what other families may need or want by the situations we face. For example, my son was showing signs of skin irritations. So we created products to help combat that issue. As of today, that issue is gone. The formula we use to help with his issue is now apart of our product line. Those products are: Organic Black Cumin Seed Salve & our Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter. 

We started out making products for our family and friends whose children or they themselves suffered from contact dermatitis from products from big box stores etc. They too, like us grew tired of by-products, GMO’s, etc.  So with popularity, we grew a consistent customer base which resulted in build a thriving business. It’s funny. I discovered the talent or desire to make products by making homemade butter.  I have always loved chemistry. I loved creating and figuring out how it might work or mixing to solve. 

In 5 years, we plan to increase production and be able to enlarge our customer base to be able to help more people. The message behind our products is: “We believe there is a healthier way to create products that your entire family can enjoy.“

Payton Jean Handmade: Carly Wagner

My name is Carly. I just made a big change to my business after 4 years. I wasn’t finding joy in making earrings. I remembered how much fun I had creating and making things for my kids. So, from that came a new business with a new name “Peyton Jean Handmade”.

The business name is my kids' middles names and I am so in love with what I am doing. I starting being creative after my son was born almost 19 years ago. And haven’t stopped since. I absolutely love to see people happy especially with something I have made. Can’t wait to see everyone at my 2nd Avant-garde show!! 

Here is my Instagram at @PeytonJeanHandmade and Etsy: @Carlywag

Lisa (Gene) Kelsey: "Dot Art" 

Hi!  My name is Lisa Kelsey and I've just retired from a 34-year career as a vocal music director in Ankeny, IA.  Along with my husband (who also just retired), we're loving the freedom and flexibility we now have!  We have two kids; Ashley, who lives in Columbus, and AndrĂ©, who lives in West Des Moines, IA.  Delving into my "Dot Art" has turned into a passion, and I'm beyond excited and honored to share it with you!   I've been doing my Dot-Art for about 4 months now.  I've also played with epoxy and poured acrylics, but Dot-Art has won my heart.  This is my very first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, and in fact, it's my very first show EVER!

Curiosity is my creative inspiration! I love the process of watching a blank canvas morph into something that brings me joy.  As a vocal music director, I loved putting together successful shows for both Show Choir and my curricular choirs.  I'm now able to transfer my creative juices to the canvas!

I've been doing a lot of research online to learn color patterns.  From there, I just look at my blank canvas and I can see in my mind what needs to go on it.  One thing I've learned is that mistakes are okay!  In fact, I consider them necessary as it's only then that I learn what not to do next time! 

My five year goal is to hopefully doing what I'm doing now, but better! I also aspire to do more art shows across our beautiful country! If there was a summary of the message behind my work, it would be HOPE, BEAUTY, and JOY.  

2021 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Thursday, March 4, 2021

3...2...1...It's Show Time

Meet Tom Cover from TC Knives... 

    I have been making knives for just under a year. I have a full-time job working with severely handicapped people, this has been a hobby that got away from me. This will be my third outing with Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows and I’m looking forward to attending more.

    One day while I was shopping for some woodworking tools, I found a knife-making kit and it turned out to be something that I enjoyed.  As I am making a knife the intended result often changes as different designs and forms develop while I work the wood.  As my “hobby” grew so did the tools and supplies that I need grew.  At this point, I no longer need to order knife blanks but instead order steel billets and cut, grind, polish, harden and finish the knife with a handle. I have had several knives ordered, with design specifications from the person that ordered. 

    As I progress over the next several years I continue to hone my craft by moving into a full-sized professional sander/grinder. Further, I have just purchased a vacuum chamber for stabilizing and molding wood so I have those new challenges ahead of me.  

    Since I am no longer making knives just for myself, my goal is to make knives that are not only functional but are something that people will be proud to own and use for a long, long time. 

Written On His Hand: Anne Jones

    I have been crafting all of my life for fun but only started participating in shows since my retirement 3 years ago.

    I moved to Ohio from Chicago so I am new to Columbus!  I love to upcycle and work with vintage items.  Hand stenciling, restoring, and wool needle felting are some of my joys!

    My shop” Written on His Hand” is scriptural reminding us that we are all so very important and our name is written in His hand.  

    Each time I stencil I am reminded of my worth and my hope is that an item I create will bring joy into the home.  I keep my prices low to make new items accessible and prevent “old” things from going into landfills.

Siaraefti Designs

    I'm a full-time employee with a 9a-5p stressful job and once I log out from there, I quickly take care of my family so I can have a few hours to myself in my craft cave.  

    I actually blame my older sister for getting me involved in my craft obsession.  She started out with machine embroidery a few years ago and I thought, I can do that so I went out and bought a machine and everything else to go along with it.  Then she started on Cricut making other cool things so I had to have one of those too. I bought my machine about 8 months ago.  I just got into resigning about 3 months ago on my own and I've watched about a week's worth of tutorial videos.  I now have 2 craft caves dedicated to everything that I love doing!

    I actually have never really sold anything, I usually make things and give them to people.  Especially if someone is having a baby, I love making baby quilts.  

    In 5 years, I want to keep doing the crafts that I love because they really help relieve the stress in my life.  To me, everything I make already makes me happy so my biggest hope is to make someone else happy with my art. 

Michael Hughes & Tracy Garrett

    I am Michael Hughes and live in Grandview Heights, a suburb of Columbus.  I recently retired after 35 years of running my occupied residential interior decorating and painting business.  I give lessons on pen turning in my studio to small groups and organizations.  I started Specialty Turned Design in 2010. My attention to detail in my professional life gives my pens the award-winning show quality you see at shows, my studio and on my Etsy and website. I have international status as my pens have shipped to places like Rome, Tanzania, the White House and the Pentagon.  This will be my first Avant-Garde Arts & Crafts Show.  I have participated in multiple shows around the Columbus area for the last 8 years.

    The beautiful things I see in this world; be it a fallen pine cone, animals of all kinds, the glitter on a Christmas tree, the dew on a blade of grass, a rainbow after a storm, the stories from people who are looking for a special gift.  I look forward to creating that special writing instrument tailored to all kinds of lifestyles.  I specialize in fountain pens, rollerball pens, and ballpoint pens using a plethora of materials.  Every pen I make is a unique fusion of art and function that carries a story.  They are made individually and crafted with an emphasis on quality, form, and function.  Come see me at Specialty Turned Designs where I put your personality in writing! 

    No matter what material I use, I never know what the pen blank will look like until the lathe comes to a stop.  As the shavings fly, my hands guide the tools in creating a unique shape.  Excitement comes over me as the polishing process brings out the hidden beauty.  The kit finish is decided after the blank is polished.  Commissioned pieces include 11 bullet casing pens from a father's 21 gun salute; 6 lilac flower and wood branch pens from a family yard; mementos of a mother, lectern wood for religious gifts; segmented hearts as thank you gifts for guest speakers.

    I would like to be making my own pen components with a metal lathe.  I would like to be touring nationally teaching others the art and fascination of making a pen. When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object.  You are buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation.  You are buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy.  You are not just buying one thing - you are buying a piece of my heart, a piece of my soul . . . and a small piece of my life.

Katie's Ooak Dolls & Pawsh Pets: Katie Roush 

    My name is Katie and my husband and I have 3 fur babies to keep us busy. I have three daughters and 4 grandchildren whom I adore. I love keeping busy with art and do a lot of custom designs for different people all over the US and also in the UK as well! I have been in the business for 30 plus years. I sew rag dolls, do pet portrait dolls (by request), and mixed media. I love creating cards that are unique and Disney-inspired signs for children’s rooms. This will be my 4th Avant-Garde Craft Show!

    My mind is a terrible place to get lost in. I love bringing older ideas to modern-day life. I get an idea by looking at anything and asking “how can I use that” and then create it. I used to sew when I was young with my grandmother, and then it progressed from there into several art forms. I also used to draw Snoopy and Charlie Brown when I was 8. People thought it was good, so I then started drawing Disney things and people. 

    My creative process begins when I have a saying or a quote, then I am on the hunt for the perfect graphic to describe it. I take both of them, meld them together, to come up with a great visual. I would love to teach what I do eventually in the future. 

Keep creating! There are lots of artisans, but only one you that has your view.

2021 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Saturday, February 27, 2021

One Week Away!

  Meet Danielle Schnees of Crafted By Danielle...

My name is Danielle and I've been running Crafted by Danielle since 2013 but I've been crafting since I learned how to color! I've been crocheting since I was six. 

I made my first Christmas ornament for a neighbor when I was in second grade and picked up a little sewing and photography when I joined 4-H. 

This will be my first Avant Garde event as well as my first event of 2021 so I'm really excited. I've always enjoyed making things for my family and friends so it eventually grew into a business. I used to only focus on scarves, bags, and quilts but got into stuffed animals about three years ago and really found my passion.

I hope to continue to grow my work over the next few years. I'm continuously adding new animals to my zoo as well as expanding my ornament line and clothing items. My one goal is to bring joy to those who purchase my items. I like bringing modern touches to old traditions. 

Meet Melissa Clancy of Dizzy with a Dame Jewelry...
My name is Mellissa Clancy and I am obsessed with jewelry. Chunky, funky, completely eclectic, and eccentric jewelry. I’ve been crafting jewelry since I was a teenager so... a really long time! This is my first show with Avant-Garde! 
I find inspiration in everything from old movies, romance, Celtic history to Alphonse Mucha, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Iris Appel, the Brönte Sisters, and Chaka Khan, Jane Austen, Stevie Nicks, and Tori Amos... the list goes on! I first became interested in jewelry when I was 9 years old. My big brothers girlfriend made friendship bracelets and she let me pick out the colors and showed me basic knots; from there I was hooked on creating my own jewelry with my own flair and style. 
I knew I made something special when the local newspaper wanted to show my second-grade artwork from school. My creative process is relaxed and simple. I literally play with the beads until an idea forms in my head. I love texture, the roughness of stone, or the ridges in silver, patterns and combining colors and vintage beads.
I hope to one day to see my jewelry reach as far as New York City or Paris, being worn by models and fashion Icons. Above all else, I want my jewelry to be used as an expression of  creativity, to think outside the box, to love and live creatively! 
Dizzy with a Dame Jewelry can be found online at: or at Familiar Books and Metaphysical Shop 4732 East National Road, in Springfield.

Meet Renee and Keith Sanders of Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co...
My name is Renee and my husband, Keith, and I are the founders and owners of Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co. Together we operate our family business with our two children. We have been married for 14 years. We love and enjoy creating our products and interacting with our customers. Keith and I have been doing this for last 5 years. 

This is our first show with Avant- Garde. What inspires us to create is my family. We think about what other families may need or want by the situations we face. For example, my son was showing signs of skin irritations. So we created products to help combat that issue. As of today, that issue is gone. The formula we use to help with his issues is now apart of our product line. 

Those products are: Organic Black Cumin Seed Salve & our Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter. We started out making products for our family and friends whose children or they themselves suffered from contact dermatitis from products from big box stores etc. They too, like us grew tired of by-products, GMO’s etc. So with popularity we grew a consistent customer base which resulted in build a thriving business. 

It’s funny. I discovered the talent or desire to make products by making homemade butter. I have always loved chemistry. I loved creating and figuring out how it might work or mixing to solve. 

For us there is no exact creative process when it comes to formulating. It is based off of needs and wants of “Cleaner Products, Better Results“. In 5 years, we plan to increase production and be able to enlarge our customer base to be able to help more people. The message behind our products is: “We believe there is a healthier way to create products that your entire family can enjoy.“

2021 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
Visit us on:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

T-Minus Three Days Until Show Day!

Meet Jon Blake from Jon Blake's Stuff...
Hi I am Jon Blake. I grew up playing in the woods and ravines of Columbus. After being a carpenter for 40 years I spent two years building 95 little free libraries. That led to a new love of reading, especially old classics. "The Leatherstocking Tales" renewed my love of the woods.
Two years ago, I transitioned into making forest themed sculptures from recycled fencing. I decided to combine my love of the outdoors, folk art, and repurposing. As I progress, things become more whimsical. I hope to bring people to see and appreciate the trees and forests around us.

Meet Sarah Hall of The Happy Lab Wax Shop...
Hello, my name is Sarah Hall! The two main hats I wear are those of oncology nurse and mom. My family and I have lived in Hilliard since 2012, and we love it here!  When I'm not working, my number one priority is family.  I enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, and creating.  

This is my first craft show and I'm so looking forward to it. I started creating organic skin care products out of a need to know exactly what I was putting on my body.  I realized I couldn't pronounce many of the ingredients in the lotions, lip balms, creams, and perfumes I was using, but I did know that many of them were toxic and even carcinogenic.  
I was also tired of spending money on products that didn't help my extremely dry skin, cracking feet, and unhealthy sleep habits.  I did a lot of research and recipe testing in my kitchen and hence came my hand poured products.  I hope that by using organic, high quality ingredients, other people struggling with skin issues will find the relief I have found and have peace of mind knowing the products I've made are beneficial to their bodies. 
I hope to continue growing my business and creating more skin care products that will provide people with a better quality of life and more confidence.  I believe that we deserve better than what the larger businesses offer us and thus I use organic materials that are free of dyes, parabens, synthetics, endocrine disrupting hormones, pesticides and GMOs. I am proud of these products and it is my hope that my buyers will love using them as much as I have loved creating them.

2020 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 43026
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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