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Monday, November 24, 2014

Bundy ducks at the Artisan Marketplace in Fort Wayne


Bundy ducks will be featured at the inaugural Artisan Marketplace in Fort Wayne. John Bundy's hand carved duck decoys will be on display for inspection and purchase this coming weekend at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. These decoys are in the collections of presidents, prime ministers and kings.

More than 75 Artisans will gather in the Grand Wayne Center during Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest weekend, providing art and food lovers with samples and one-of-a-kind gift options.

Tomato Teapot by Noblesville-based
Indiana Artisan Carol Bell
(Aug. 12, 2014) – From hand-smithed metal and leather jewelry to handmade organic jams, and from watercolors to wines, the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace will feature work by more than 75 art and food artisans, many of them recognized as the best in Indiana.
To help launch the shopping season during Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest, this first-time event brings to the Grand Wayne Center an annual showcase of the state’s highest-quality arts and foods regularly presented each spring in Indianapolis. In addition to shopping for the holidays, guests will enjoy live art and craft demonstrations and food and drink tasting.

Indiana Artisan Carrie Abbott’s
Frittle Candy
On Sat. and Sun., Nov. 29 and 30, the Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace presents an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan foods directly from the Hoosiers who make it.  Hosted by Indiana Artisan co-chairs Kristy Jo Beber and Wayne Shive, the event will encourage guests to sample chocolates, candies, noodles, wines, and more, in addition to meeting visual artists recognized for being at the height of their craft.
“I am thrilled that Indiana Artisan has chosen my hometown of Fort Wayne as the location of the Holiday Marketplace,” said Beber, a potter whose work became part of the Indiana Artisan brand in 2011. “Having participated for the last three years in the Marketplace in Indianapolis, I am confident the Fort Wayne event will be top notch, as well. This will be a great shopping experience for anyone interested in quality, handmade Indiana art and food!”
In 2010, a Resolution of the Indiana Legislature tasked Indiana Artisan with identifying, recognizing and promoting the state’s highest-quality art and foods.   The Holiday Marketplace will bring many of those artisans together in northeast Indiana for the first time.  It also will feature applicants to Indiana Artisan.
The organization reviews art and food applications every May and November, and all applicants to the November review session have been invited to participate in this event.  “It’s an ideal way to involve artists and food producers in northeast Indiana who are familiar with Fort Wayne’s HolidayFest, the Holly Trolley and this weekend that features pop-up art studios all over downtown,” said Indiana Artisan Wayne Shive, owner of Roanoke-based Best Boy & Co., and co-chair of this event.

Award-Winning Wines by
Mitchell-based Carousel Winery

The work of nearly 300 artisans in 63 Indiana counties has been juried and is part of the Indiana Artisan brand. Indiana Artisans include painters, potters, woodworkers, bakers, instrument makers, jewelry designers, weavers, paper and mixed media artists, leatherworkers, and more.  The list of artisans participating in the Holiday Marketplace is here, and every guest will receive this printed program when they arrive.
WHAT:        Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace
WHEN:        Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                        Sunday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE:      Grand Wayne Center, downtown Fort Wayne
WHO:          More than 75 Indiana Artisans and applicants to Indiana Artisan.
COST:          $7 admission – no charge for those ages 14 and younger
                        $5 for those with their ticket/stub from the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees
INFO:          This Facebook event page carries lots of posts and images from participating Artisans                         and applicants.
MORE INFO: Click to email Indiana Artisan Director Eric Freeman

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