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
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
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

It's Show Week Columbus!

Meet Trina Richardson from TAL and Accessories...
Hi I'm Trina Renee Richardson. I will be 63 on March 7th. I've been married for 33 years to a great guy Marvin. We have two beautiful young ladies Marnee 32, and Tylerr 29. I was a hairstylist for 42 years which I considered a form of art. I be came ill with CML (Leukemia) and other illness in 2012. I retired in 2015, which I was not ready to do. I have always loved crafts. 
After retiring, I started to realize how beautiful trees and flowers are that God made. Then I stumbled on the beaded trees and flowers as a craft. I kept working at them until I found my own creative design!' Ive been enjoying this for 4 years now as a hobby.
This is my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show. I am so excited!I have always been into art since I was little child, crafting all the time. After retiring, crafts helped me relax and get into my own little world! When I can't sleep, I lay there thinking of what I can create and how I will put my own unique spin on it. I also realize that they can relieve stress! I also started making magnets with clay and beads. I make the bark of the trees with clay, and paint them.  I also paint some of the the vases and trays. In addition, I also make the benches.

It is my hope that my creation of trees and the inspirational words that I add on them will inspire and give people hope.I would love to continue  to create, sell, and have some unique designs of mine in art shows.

Meet Ellen Patrie from Schatzi Studio LLC...
My husband, Stephen, and I are the owners of Schatzi Studio LLC. We live in Worthington, Ohio and between us we have two sons and two daughters. I am a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, with a BFA in fine art. My husband, Stephen, is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA in Creative Writing. I design and create French Beaded Flower arrangements for your home or wedding. Stephen manages our website and is involved with product development. In addition to running our business, we enjoy spending time with family, nature photography, visiting museums and seeing live music. 
 I credit my mother and grandmother as my inspiration to create. As a young child, I observed my mother sewing our clothes out of necessity. I was intrigued at a young age that simple materials could be transformed into something beautiful and useful. My grandmother moved from Hungary to Chicago to escape the Holocaust. There, she worked in her aunt’s tailoring shop doing beautiful embroidery on linens for elite of Chicago. My grandmother always had beautiful handmade embroidered tapestries in her home. As I got older, I learned more about the struggles my mother and grandmother went through in their early years and how creating things helped their economic outlook. I was encouraged to pursue my dream of owning my own business selling handcrafted art. 
This is an art form that began in France and Italy hundreds of years ago. Women would create these flowers from left over beads either for memorial wreaths, hair accessories or as floral arrangements in their home. I learned how to make French Beaded Flowers about twenty years ago. I was inspired by a picture frame I saw at an antique store that was embellished with them. I thought I could make a few flower pieces to make use of my left over seed beads from my jewelry projects. I discovered my talent for art of French Beaded flowers when my friends and family admired my work and thought my creations were real and requested to buy them for their homes. My husband and I photograph interesting flowers and foliage we see to determine the shape and color of our designs. 

I would love to have a brick and mortar French Beaded Flower shop in the future. I envision a creative space that offers classes and supplies, in addition to having French beaded flower stems and arrangements. I want others to enjoy and learn about the exquisite art of French Beaded flowers. Our work can be seen on our Creations Gallery page on our website. www.schatzistudio.com.

Meet Dixie Vargo from Beloved Servant Nature Photography...
Hello, my name is Dixie Vargo from Beloved Servant Nature Photography. I am a monk, a vowed member of The Order of Sustainable Faith, and the monastic expression of the Vineyard movement. I am 51 years old and live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband, Ernie, and our Shetland Sheepdog, Annie. I work full time for a pharmaceutical wholesaler and volunteer in my local community as a Certified Wellness Inventory Facilitator. Beloved Servant is my American Indian name, which was given to me by a native pastor when I was in my 20s. I have American Indian ancestry on both sides of my family.

I started nature photography as a hobby when I was in my teens, so about 35 years ago. When I was a teenager, my parents bought me a 110 camera, the popular shoot and click camera of the time. Throughout the years I have used different photographic tools - 35 mm, digital camera, and now an iPhone 7. I really like taking pictures with my iPhone because it is always with me and I like finding little bits of nature in unexpected places.
My parents were the first ones to encourage my talent in photography. My first photo shoot was after an ice storm on our farm. I took a picture of my parents' farm from the hill above through ice-encased branches and they used that picture for their Christmas cards that year.
Nature is my ultimate source of calm. It asks nothing of me and gives me great joy. Time in nature provides me with everything I need to stay grounded, and feel at peace. It keeps me connected to the earth, the cosmos, and to experience the presence of the Creator of all beautiful things. Most of my photography blends nature and macro photography styles. When I am on a shoot I look for color and textures that catches my eye. When I see something, I then look at it closely to figure out what about it most fascinates me most. Then I am able to focus on that and snap the picture. Most of my pictures are of things in nature that many people walk by, completely oblivious to the hidden beauty there. My desire is to open up your eyes so that you can begin to see the world around you, slow down, and notice the way creation speaks to you. Many of the things I photograph are not overtly beautiful, but when you lean in close, you begin to see beauty hidden deep within that small piece of the earth.

Meet Jason King from JK Candle Company...
Hi, my name is Jason King. I am from Hilliard, OH and I recently left the corporate world to pursue my dreams of starting my own business. I was so miserable everyday going to a place where I did not feel valued and I felt like I was wasting my life. So I took a leap of faith and decided to bet on myself as a small business owner. I have been making candles and wax melts for just over 3 months now. My hopes are that in 5 years I will have grown JK Candle Company into a sustainable business that can help support me and my family.
The message behind my work is simple. I want to make a candle that anyone could feel good about burning. So I only make my candles and wax melts with 100% soy wax that is produced by American soybean farmers. Additionally, I use cotton wicks and all of my candles and wax melts are free of dyes and harmful chemicals. It inspires me to create something that can transport your mind back to different points in your life. Smells invoke memories and feelings of nostalgia and my goal is to guide your mind back to a treasured time in your life.
A little while back, I ordered a do-it-yourself candle kit and from there forward, I was hooked. I was having a blast working with different fragrances, waxes and designing labels and starting to create a brand. I have never thought of myself as being very creative, especially in comparison to my wife and two girls, who are all extremely creative. However, once I started making candles, I felt like I unlocked a creative part of myself that I never knew I had.  From there I went on to create and design my business and website, jkcandlecompany.com

This will be my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft show and I am so excited to be a part of it!


2020 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 7, 2020
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
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Spring has Sprung in Hilliard!

Meet Nina Goulet of The Lonley Trinket...
My name is Nina! I'm a student entrepreneur and artist based in Columbus. Ohio.  I love creating things specifically; art, jewelry, and photography.  I have been making jewelry for a few years now, but I recently just started selling it.
This will be my first Avant-Garde show!

What inspires me to create? Nature and other people inspire me. I want to express creativity, beauty, and uniqueness in my jewelry. 

How I got into my craft.. Some friends actually used to make jewelry and taught me some things. I then started to make my own things and learn from YouTube and other people who inspired me to create more items. I've always enjoyed art and thought I'd try something new so I just went for it. That's how I discovered my talent.
My creative process is a variety of things such as picking beads, wire wrapping, and making the jewelry.  

When it comes to the future, I'm not sure where my business will go, but I hope to keep creating and inspiring others.
The message behind my work is that I think everyone is beautiful and unique so that is how I like to portray my jewelry. You can view more of my work at thelonelytrinket.etsy.com

Meet Christy Tucker of Refugio Jewelry...
I am a mother of four, an activist for social justice, an avid baker, and a lover of words.  I see the need for a unified vision as a nation to propel us forward into the new decade to create lasting change for future generations, thus the need for a spotlight on human trafficking awareness and overcoming darkness with light, grace and truth.  

This will be my first Avant-Garde show!

What inspires me to create? I am a musical artist by nature but appreciate all things beautiful, including handcrafted jewelry.

What inspired me to move forward with non-profit work? A heart for the broken, and a desire for their restoration and to empower them to help restore others.

I am passionate about empowering others to create lasting change and that is the primary reason for my getting behind the El Refugio shelter initiative in Guatemala helping women and children escape abuse and trafficking.


As I do not receive a profit for these efforts, I love seeing 100% of the proceeds being directed to the women and children of El Refugio.

The message behind my work is that I am an advocate raising awareness regarding human trafficking in our country and beyond and the need to create positive change whilst selling jewelry as a platform to aid in that process.

Meet Bev Hauenstein of Take Joy...
My name is Bev Hauenstein and I am semi retired in the healthcare field, which allows me to pursue my love of textile art.  Although my past endeavors have included many different creative textile crafts, my present love is for eco printing.  
This will be my first Avant-Garde show!

Under the tutelage of Raeschell Noonen/Nimby Fiber Art of Mount Vernon OH and Nicola Brown/Clasheen of Ireland, I began my journey of total intrigue in eco printing about two years ago. Eco printing is a method of natural dyeing in which plant materials are applied to fabric, paper or leather with the application of heat.
My inspiration.. The tannins within the plant leave color and prints the shape of the leaves.  I utilize silk, wool, linen, cotton and paper to create scarves, wraps, table runners, wall hangings, pillows, aprons and journals. 

Through the art of eco printing I have learned that patience and being open-minded in regards to the end product is important and the magic of nature plays the most vital role in the process which makes the result of each creation a one-of-a-kind unique beauty. 

The message behind my work is each creation is always a wonderful surprise!

2020 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 7, 2020
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
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Meet Allan Rose of Bling Beagle Guitars...
My name is Allan Rose and I am a retired postal worker. At this point, it is a hobby. I initially got the idea off the internet. I take pride in my woodworking skill. I play guitar and have made instruments in the past. 
This will be my first Avant-Garde show!

The Cigar box guitars I make are comparable to anything on the market that I have seen and are much more affordable.  
I hand pick the woods, I use and only use quality walnut, maple, and cherry woods.

Each one is a " one of a kind", unique unto itself. 
At this point I see the future of my work as the same.... as a hobby... taking my time... building quality handmade instruments, one at a time, incorporating new ideas as they come along.

2020 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 7, 2020
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
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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Twas' the Night Before Columbus!

Meet Melanie Ross of From These Hands...
My name is Melanie Ross. I'm from Marion, Ohio. I'm married with only fur baby children. 
I've been making jewelry and going to various craft shows for 10 years. My sister tells people this is perfect for me because I love to talk to people!
I had an outfit that I had a certain type of earring in my mind to go perfectly with. After searching for said earrings, I was not finding just the right one. I went to Hobby Lobby with a friend, saw the exact bead I wanted, made my own earrings and the rest is history.
Sometimes it's just the beads themselves that inspire me to create.  I see them as a finished piece before they really are. Sometimes it's a trend or I'll see a piece and want to recreate it in other colors.
This will be my first Avant-Garde show and I'm excited! I'm hoping to expand my cyber store with a website or at the very least create another online store. I can't really say there is a message. I do try to create many different pieces to appeal to a wide range of people. I also try to create one of a kind pieces.

Meet Marissa Jamez of Pi Squared Designs...
My name is Marissa Jamez. My whole life, all I wanted to be was a veterinarian. I took one Chemistry class in college and was miserable. I would take study breaks to draw every 10 minutes. I decided to take a summer class for art and I loved every second! I decided I should do what I love and changed my major to something I enjoyed. I graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OSU in 2012. I got married and had two boys. I've been working on my art as a hobby, but I've finally reached a point in my life where I can focus more on my art. You can still see my veterinary influences in my art because I love to use animals as my subjects. I did my very first craft show this year on October 5! I'm still pretty green in terms of doing shows and selling my art professionally, but I'm excited to finally get started! I've been drawing ever since I was little, but it really started to flourish when I was in high school. I always had a sketchbook with me and I even had a little comic strip I worked on during senior year! This is my very first Avant-Garde Craft Show and I'm excited to see how it goes! I'm so thrilled to have been chosen to be a part of this!
I've always loved animals. They have been a huge inspiration to my work. I used to watch documentaries on various animals and I wanted to be a wildlife veterinarian. The psychological effects of color have also been interesting to me. A big influencer for me has to be cartoons. I love the art of animation and most of my time was spent watching and admiring cartoons as a child. I loved to try and copy the characters I saw on the screen and trying to come up with my own stories. I started writing stories with my own characters, but then I wanted to draw those characters and so I started to practice. I didn't get into painting until college. I never really enjoyed painting and I was upset that my major was Drawing AND Painting; I didn't want to paint! However, having professional guidance made me learn to love and appreciate painting.

Art isn't something I believe you necessarily discover; it's something you learn and develop. I always say tat people can learn how to draw or paint but it takes the time and dedication. It's no different than learning physics or politics. If you put the time in to learn, you will become great! My style will change depending on my mood or curiousities. I enjoy experimenting with different methods. One day, I may be doing a more traditional style acrylic painting but the next I may wonder what it is like to use acrylic paint like watercolor. I may suddenly want to experiment with dripping ink. Playing and experimenting are the most important parts of being an artist; even the great artists of the past like Picasso had different phases in their art!
I want to inspire others like I was inspired. I want to create conversations of my pieces. I want to bring just a little bit of happiness to people in what can be a dim world at times. Of course I would love to make this a full time job, but if I can accomplish a few of the above things, I'll consider myself a success. No matter what, I'll always create and I'll keep up my experiments and studies in art. I often change my style and messages as I work. I'm a very curious person and I will want to play and experiment with a new idea or process that I've thought up. Actually, I suppose that would be the main message right there; play and experiment. I once knitted floss with toothpicks just to see if it could be done. (It can!) If you have a thought or an idea, give it a try! Play! Don't be afraid to try a new thought or process, whether it's in life or art!

Meet Isabel Hicks of Loud Ink Cards...
My name is Isabel and I am a Columbus native. I grew up in the Clintonville area with my parents and two brothers. I attend Xenos Christian Fellowship and am involved in my community. I enjoy all parts of Columbus and try my best to get out and explore new and local things. Any time I have a chance to be creative either creating new designs for my cards or baking in the kitchen I take it. 
I have been designing greeting cards for a little over a year now. I had a hip replacement surgery in the summer of 2018 and was unable to drive or do normal activities during that time. So my brother encouraged me to find a hobby that I could focus on so I wouldn’t get stir crazy. I honestly fell in love with creating pieces that reflecting my personality. What inspires me to create is my love for designing something others can use to help express themselves. I create because it makes me happy and is very relaxing for me. 
I have always been a very artistic person. I love drawing, painting, being creative in the kitchen. I’ve always designed personal birthday cards for friends and family so when I had 3 months of down time I pushed myself to see what this would be like to do for others.My creative process is pretty simple, once I have a design in mind I put pen to paper and start sketching, seeing what works or what doesn’t work. I am always exploring different methods and different techniques to make my card more unique. 
This will be my first ever Avant-Garde Craft and Art Show! I am terrible at expressing my feelings, but you give me a piece of paper and I can let my heart spill out. I find that I communicate better through a card, it’s personal, it’s an opportunity to say something to someone you love or care about. My cards aren’t just for me to express myself but they are for all who give or receive a card. 

Meet Kate Malobabic of The Gypsy Provisioner...
Hi, I'm Kate, the creative force behind The Gypsy Provisioner. I enjoy crafting one-of-a kind pieces that speak to the bohemian in all of us. I draw inspiration from the beauty of the world that surrounds us; often using semi precious gemstones and ethically sourced butterfly wings and feathers in my designs. The greatest compliment for me is for YOU to be complimented on your unique style while wearing my designs! Hopefully you find something here that you enjoy! I look forward to sharing the evolution of my journey with you.

I’ve been ‘creating’ for as long as I can remember … I guess its my version of self care! However, I just recently started selling my pieces within the last year. I currently work Full Time as a retail manager and I love what I do. The Gypsy Provisioner is a side hustle for me and a way to share my hobby with the world. 
I’ve attended almost every Columbus Avant-Garde show as a shopper. This will be my first year as a vendor! The message behind my work is this: A little of this, a little of that & a whole bunch of good vibes! 

2019 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday December 1, 2019 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Makoy Event Center
5462 Center St.
Hilliard, OH 
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at Becki@ag-shows.com
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