By Desiree Williams
The best artisans in the state are heading to the Indiana State Fairgrounds April 6-7 for the ninth annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace.
Indiana Artisan is a nonprofit that searches for and promotes Hoosier-made arts, crafts, foods and beverages. All artists must be juried in to the organization.
The Marketplace is a unique opportunity for guests to shop more than 120 booths for original pieces and meet artisans and watch them hone their crafts.
“This is just a wonderful way to meet people and connect with them and see their reaction to your art,” said Pam Newell, a Fishers artisan.
Newell helped organize the first Marketplace and has participated every year. She specializes in pastels and oils, focusing on landscape and floral paintings.
“It’s kind of like something you’re born with,” she said. “It’s like a muscle. You have to keep exercising it to get it strong.”
Tim Kennedy, another Fishers artisan, had a similar experience growing up working in his father’s woodshop. His passion for woodturning motivated him to join Indiana Artisan eight years ago. He has participated in the Marketplace ever since.
“I like to do work where I’m integrating woodturning into a wall-art piece,” he said.
Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7. For more, visit indianaartisan.org.