Jennifer Berger, an artisan from Zionsville who makes felted ornaments and decorative items, will be exhibiting and selling her work at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 29 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 30 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. From farm and zoo animals to one-of-a-kind monsters, her enchanted forest of felted whimsies delight folks of all ages. She has several new creations that will make their debut at the Marketplace including foxes, beavers, psychedelic hedgehogs and Glow Bunnies. New this year: 20 art and food artisans will demonstrate the creation of their work – potters throwing, painters painting, weavers weaving, and some exciting looks at candy making are just a glimpse of what’s in store when the state’s highest-quality artisans come together again for this event.
The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan food directly from the Hoosiers who make it, to meet the artisans and to share their stories. Visitors will meet and talk with artisans, and celebrate Indiana talent and creativity.
In 2010, a Resolution of the Indiana Legislature tasked Indiana Artisan with identifying, recognizing and promoting the state’s highest-quality art and foods. Its mission includes developing a brand that gives meaning and recognition to the highest-quality Indiana-made goods, now defined by the art and food of 269 Artisans in 58 Indiana counties.
Indiana Artisans include painters, woodworkers, winemakers, jewelry designers, weavers, makers of specialty cheeses and more. Executive Director Eric Freeman says, “An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit. His or her talent contributes to Indiana’s reputation for quality work.”
WHAT: Indiana Artisan Marketplace
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall, Indianapolis
COST: $10 admission – no charge for those ages 14 and younger