Friday, November 1, 2019

Get Ready for This Weekend, Fairlawn!

Meet Nick Hardin of Hardin's Family Gardens...
Hi, my name is Nick and I founded Hardin’s Family Gardens. I have a beautiful wife and four beautiful children (two girls 8&7, two boys 5&3). We live in a little town called Wadsworth.

I have always had a passion for plants ever since working for Hirt’s Greenhouse in my early 20’s and stuck with it ever since. We specialize mainly in Live air plants and unique plants you cannot find in big box stores selling mainly online.

We combine air plants and crystals to create a unique center piece or gift while purifying the air and mind. We also strive to make people happy and excited with the work we put in and enjoy creating for you! This is our first year as a vendor attending different events and shows to showcase our awesome ideas.


Meet Kimberly Richling of The 3 Divas...
We started The 3 Divas because we are all moms of teenagers that needed a creative outlet. On top of parenthood, we hold down full-time administrative jobs.  Our jobs sadly do not fulfill our creative flair so our business venture helps to feed that need. We are a fledgling company.  We have been in business only 6 months, though spent the early  part of the year working on the concept. This will be our third event with Avant-Garde and have one more booked this year.
The 3 Divas started out at our local camp ground.  We have been camping there for close to twelve years and our children have grown up together.  Over the years we have experimented with fun activities for the children – face painting, rock painting, pallet painting, Halloween costumes etc.  However, as the children got older we changed to more adult pursuits. A gift from my Aunt set in motion a chain reaction that led to us creating tree charms for each other and we expanded out from there. 

Individually we are all talented and hardworking, though sadly in less than artistic jobs.  Kim draws and paints, Cynthia is a food artist, and I am a DIY enthusiastšŸ˜Š.  The attention to detail and the desire to bring beauty in all its forms to others is what drives us.
Light is our biggest inspiration to create! We love to work with reflective pieces, crystals, glass, metal, and mirrors that draw your eyes to our pieces even when you are not looking directly at them.  Our clients come back and tell us the joy the charms bring them on a daily basis and this motivates to find new forms for these light reflectors.

Originally, our creative process would start with a glass of wine and then good company, now we are a little more disciplined – wine comes at the end of the day! It is still a collaborative process.  We each have our own unique style but we have set principles and QC for each piece so we can ensure they are all top quality no matter which of us create them.

We are looking to balance our Show presence in the spring/summer/fall to build our brand awareness and cement our client base with a solid online presence to ensure a steady flow of orders year round.  Early retirement from our Admin jobs would be the ultimate goal!

We hope to share the message behind our work which is that we all need to stop and breathe through the day to calm our nerves! – our charms catch your eye and cause this little “stop” - Take a little moment in every day to appreciate the light and beauty around us – breathe it in, smile and lift your spirits.

Meet Ali Marie of Everyday Limes...
I am an interior design, crafter/maker and blogger. I have had some form of Etsy shop since almost the beginning of Etsy. My previous shop/blog was called ANiemanDesign. I have been crocheting since I was about 10-11 years old approximately, but as a side hustle, I started an Etsy shop in college back in 2006. This will only be my second Avant-Garde show. Life and my full time job have prevented me from doing more. I hope to change that now.
My mom and step-grandmother were the ones who got me into this craft hobby. My mom was always crafting. My step-grandmother was the one who taught me to crochet first on my fingers. Every time I see something in a new design magazine or on a fashion blog, I always wonder... can I make that? Then I try it! Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. I realized I had a talent when I started making things for people as gifts and they loved them.
My creative process does not usually come swiftly. Sometimes I go through Pinterest, magazines, etc to get inspiration and then craft a pattern, usually by trial and error. I find being a creative person takes a lot of trial and error.  In 5 years I would like to actually have my own store. The vision I have for Everyday Limes is to branch out into more than just crocheted items, but into a home design, fashion and gift shop with all sorts of vintage and handmade items.


I would like my customers to know that I am very into a sustainable way of living. I try to use everything that I can with my projects, from the scraps of yarn for yarn wreaths and pillow stuffing, to recycled packaging. Eventually I hope to branch out to more sustainable, recycled products.


2019 Fairlawn Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00AM-5:00PM
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
FACEBOOK
LINKEDIN

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fall Festive Shopping Coming to Fairlawn!

Meet Alysia Mayerl from Emris and Maple Designs...
Hi, my name is Alysia and I am 29 years old. My husband and I are currently expecting our first child in December. I have an educational and professional background in drama therapeutic and behavioral therapy work. I love all forms of creative, expressive art and the catharsis it can provide to not only the creator but anyone who comes in contact with the art piece. I have been crafting and creating since I was a child and with our baby, nicknamed Maple, on her way, I have been inspired to put my work out in the world. My passion is through various media: jewelry, signs, cards and products inspired by our dog, Emris. This will be my first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show and I am very excited to step out of my craft room and into an event full of such talented crafters.
I am inspired by everything. I spend hours on end looking at things and imagining the endless possibilities that I can transform certain items into. I believe creativity is the key to success and I want to be able to show my daughter that creativity comes in many forms.
In about five years time, I would absolutely love to be crafting as a full-time job and inspiring children within the community to be creative and to learn how to embrace their ideas through the arts. Too many people believe they are not creative or talented and I want to encourage people to dive in on those doubts to find that we are all talented in our own unique ways. I believe everyone has a creative talent and if you do not believe you do it may be because YOU haven't invented it yet.

Meet Anne Hauser from Art with a Twist...
Hi, my name is Anne Hauser and I am a mother of 3 adult daughters. I have a degree in commercial art, and I am now finding time to revisit my passion through arts and crafts. I have been creating art for 40 years, but this will be my very first art show that I am going to participate in.
I discovered my talents in my high school art classes.  Receiving an art degree and having children fueled my drive to craft as a hobby.  I am inspired to create by just about everything. Ideas pop in my mind and I test it out until I perfect.

My creative process starts with research, and once something catches my eye, my thought process begins. I then like to take things a little further adding my own twist to it.
In five years I see my business adding income so that I can work part-time some days creating and taking care of my grand-babies  I hope that my customers are able to share in the message of my work which is being able to add a modern twist to something old and worn.


2019 Fairlawn Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00AM-5:00PM
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
FACEBOOK
LINKEDIN


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's Show Week Fairlawn!


Meet Marcia Kusnyer from Crafton Crafters…
Marcia and Gretchen are sisters, a retired nurse, and teacher, adventuring in a new direction. For years, we dabbled in the creative process for friends and family but were not afforded the time to pursue it completely because of our careers. We started out small, local shows and bazaars, and found a market for our designs and creations. We love coming up with new ideas and we bounce them off each other. Our individual strengths are very different but mesh well together. We translate our creative vision to into items for cooks, kids and to spruce up your home to make you and your family smile.

Meet Berry Jo Houck from Clever Idea...
I am a grandmother to two grandchildren in Columbus, Ohio, and a long term crafter/creator. I've been creating for 15 years and I'm always on the look-out for new items. I started crafting when my last child went to college. I wanted to create something I had seen in a magazine and figured out how to make it better.


I look for inspiration every day. I like to create affordable items for my customers so my message is you can find value in unique items for a low price. I've attended numerous Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows, these are very nice, with unique items and vendors. In five years, I see myself still working at creating items to share with my customers.

Meet John Bean from JNT Bean...
I was born in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Sagamore Hills right across the street from what is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. I am one of nine children that my folks had. I worked in the printing industry for most of my adult life until my retirement in 2016. I have two adult children, three adult stepchildren, and three grandkids that I love and spoil! I also attend Cuyahoga Valley Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio. I have been doing this for about 2 years, and have attended other craft shows. This will be my first Avant-Garde.
I got into the craft hobby when I bought a cheap burner and played around with it. I realized how much I enjoy doing it. I just kept practicing. What inspires me to create is the beauty of nature and the complexities of God’s Creation. I see animals, fish, trees, etc. and that ignites a desire to reproduce their images. Over the next five years, hopefully, my skills will improve. My message is that God is the creator, I just copy his amazing handiwork

Meet Melissa White of Melissa and Derek...
My name is Melissa White. I am 48 and recently divorced. I am on disability and needed to find a way to supplement my income. My best friend and I were talking about my different talents and ways to make money. After a long night in March of 2019 of laughter and tears (and a few bottles of wine), I decided on jewelry making! This will be my first Avant-Garde show!
I love being creative it is so relaxing and what woman doesn’t love jewelry!??! I love looking at a stone or beads and seeing the possibilities. I am able to see the finished product while I’m making it. I find myself happy during the creative process which is a welcomed emotion after the last few years of heartbreak. I create jewelry to make women feel and look beautiful! In five years I hope to have a small store in Wakeman, Ohio.

Meet Amanda Kliever of Amanda Alyise... 
My name is Amanda, I am 29 years old and I love art! I play piano, guitar, and violin, and enjoy reading, writing, and crafting! I’ve been doing arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. I started doing wood burning in 2017 after taking a stroll through my local craft store and stumbling across a wood burning pen. This will be my first ever show! I started drawing from a young age and it’s something that I continued to develop over time while experimenting with various mediums.


I could describe my creative process in one word: spontaneous. I never really know what will inspire me. Sometimes I just have a vague idea of what I want to create and wait to find inspiration. I am inspired by the natural world. I deal with clinical depression and art is the best form of therapy for me. Wood burning is so therapeutic because it engages multiple senses at once. My lifelong dream has always been to make this my full time career. I’m very much a stop and smell the roses kind of person - so I think that’s the underlying message in my work - to appreciate the little things and celebrate life.


2018 Fairlawn Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00AM-5:00PM
St. George's Fellowship Centre
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, at Becki@ag-shows.com
Visit us on:
FACEBOOK
LINKEDIN