Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Fair "After" The Very Merry

Thanks to all making 
the Holiday Fair "After" the Very Merry
a success!
It rained reindeer for most of the morning,
 but that did not keep our fans away.
Everybody one walked out of Gollmar Hall
with gifts and cheer to share with their friends and family.
Happy Holidays to all.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Artisans at the Holiday Fair - Saturday December 15.

Missed The Very Merry?
There's another chance to find the gift on your list at the
Holiday Fair "After" the Very Merry!!
Here's a sampling of some of our terrific Artisans.
December 15 - 9 AM - 3 PM
The New Gollmar Room
in The Arts Building
at 319 Water Street, Baraboo, WI.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

2012 Very Merry Holiday Fair!!!

  It's all but a memory now!
WOW  what a Fair!!!
Thanks to you!
A wonderful time was had by all.
We think it was the best Very Merry ever!
Hundreds of you from all over Wisconsin and beyond.
Shopping, talking, sipping, hugging, chatting, laughing...
You brought your moms and dads, you bought you kids, you came with your spouses.
It was amazing and exhausting.
Thank you! Thank YOU!! THANK YOU!!!
Now ... go out and have a Happy Holiday with the people you love!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kae Taylor - Batik

Kae Taylor,
 went to art school in Nebraska
 and started out as a metal sculptor. 
When she and her husband, Bud, moved to Madison
she explored Batik, a wax resist dyeing on cloth. 
She has perfected this ancient art form with her amazing images. 
She is one the best batik artists we know in the upper Midwest.
 Kae and Bud have three daughters. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Frank Kudla - Master Metalsmith

Frank Kudla
is a master metal-smith.
 He loves to garden (especially growing heritage tomatoes)
do gourmet cooking, is a history buff and has a passion for working with metal. 
Frank designs and creates mother's rings,
pendants, earrings and is now making a new line of silver bracelets. 
He lives in Baraboo with his artist wife, Char.

Monday, December 3, 2012

John and Margaret Crahen - Stain Glass

John and Margaret Crahen 
have shown their
exquisite glass work from the fairs beginnings.
They love to travel and have done shows all over the US. 
They have a large studio in the Evergreens near Baraboo. 
They  lived in Panama before coming back to their family in Reedsburg.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Wild Four Bakery - Baked Goods

The Wild Flour Bakery
is one of Milwaukee's beloved bakeries.
 They sometimes put the bakery on the road
and visit shows and fairs throughout Wisconsin. 
Dolly and Greg, seen here, started the bakery
 and specialize in Breads, Bagels, Cookies for the Season and More.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Pat Kroth - Painted Silk

Pat Kroth's
 silk scarves are dyed individually.
They use leaves and nature for there inspiration. 
Pat is from the Madison area
and her work is exquisite. 
She is into exercise and good health
has competed in the Madison Iron Man competition. 
We're glad she is returning to our 6th Very Merry.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Julie Sutter-Blair - Drawing

Julie Sutter-Blairs 
work is like no other.
This Belleville artist, will make her second appearance at The Very Merry.
Her drawings and prints have won numerous awards at art fairs across in the Mid-West. 
She says "Nothing is permanent in nature", so she captures and holds it  in her graphics.
 Noted Wisconsin author, Jerry Apps, and Julie collaborated on
a beautiful book - Wisconsin Travelers Companion
Julie is married and their son, Patrick, keeps them busy and happy. 
Welcome back to the fair!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lucy Schonfeld - Mixed Media

Lucy Schonfeld - Mixed Media
There something very spiritual about Lucy Schonfeld's work.
Paper and nature and light.
Her work is truly one of a kind - no two lamps are ever alike.
Her background is in watercolor paintings.
Lucy lives in Reedsburg with her husband.
She has three adventurous kids who've traveled the world.
Stop in and see her Lucy's new work.

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Lorna Tomaszewske - Bees Wax Candles

Lora Tomaszewske/Derheimer - Bee Wax Candlemaker
You may remember Lora's candles from last years Very Merry.
Her work was a huge hit - so come early!
Lora lives in LaValle and just could married to Kevin in October!!!
She has three kids.
Has worked at RR Donnelly for 22 years.
 She loves the outdoors - gardening, fishing, camping
and candlemaking!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Phil Rego - Photography

Rhil Rego - Photography
Beautiful, poetic, clear and storytelling.
 Phil's work catches life.
Nature is his subject.
 And he fills our world with what he sees.
Phil and his wife publish The Big Cheese Magazine.
 See his amazing work at The Very Merry
 December 7 & 8!

Monday, November 26, 2012

LiL Chocolates - Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson  - LiL Chocolates
Her business in based in the Wisconsin Dells Area.
 She's always dreaming up new ideas with chocolate and other ingredients.
She's busy all the time!  And does markets and several area events.
One bite of her chocolates and you will definitely want more.
She is Very Merry and a master of Chocolate .

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mimi Wuest and Mary Williams - Mixed Media

Mimi and Mary
 call their art - Earthings.
Their  love for nature abounds in their enchanting work.
From jewelry to cards to assemblages.
One will find a gift just right for any nature lover (all of us).
Mimi and Mary live in Reedsburg with their husbands and children.
Mimi also writes a weekly column in a local newspaper.
We love to see their interpretation of their world, through their art

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ursula McCarthy - Wearables

Ursula McCarthy's 
work has been a favorite in the Fair.
Her attention to details and craftsmanship is impeccable.
She has a size to fit everyone!
Ursula lives in Mukwango with her husband Joe.
When not in her sewing room, she loves to garden and read and COOK!
Stop by and see her lovely wearables.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Win Byers - Potter

Win Byers 
be one of two potters in
The Very Merry Holiday Fair.
Win lives with his wife Sandy - also a talented artist.
Their huge studio is in a huge old  school house.
Before living in Wisconsin, Sandy and Win started out in
 New York and Madison before settling in Rock Springs.
They have two kids - Elizabeth in Seattle and Carl in Appleton.
 Join Win on Dec 7 & 8 in the Arts Building.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - Paul Dominquez Painter

Happy Thanksgiving to All!! 
Paul Dominquez paints on plywood.
An avid hunter and outdoor lover,
 Paul puts the world around him on a simple "canvas".
 His award winning work is found in many collections throughout the Midwest!
He is married to Jenni Hopfinger.  They live in Watertown, Wiscosnin.
He and Jenni will be in The Very Merry, December 7 & 8
The Holiday Fair, December 15

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jenni Hopfinger


This will be Jenni's second year in The Very Merry.
Her extraordinary painting on glass is awash of color and fun!
Jenni lives in Watertown with her artist husband Paul.  
They travel shows and fairs in Wisconsin showing their artwork.  
Her booth is just steps inside the Arts Building on Water St December 7 & 8.   
She will also be in the Holiday Fair "After" the Very Merry - December 15!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boys and Girls Club at the Fair

The Baraboo Boys and Girls Club 
will be selling their little canvass during the Very Merry.
Club President, Arline Beagan, and friend
are in their booth ready to tell you about the club.
They are one a many community non profits
included in the December 7 and 8 Fair.
Purchase a treasured piece of art, created by a club member!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Helen's Daughters At The Very Merry

Helen's Daughters
 - two sisters -
Mariella from Preston, Minnesota and Char from Baraboo, WI.
They have been making hand bags for 23 years.
They love to play with color, texture and design.
They make their own patterns.
Their handbags can be seen at this years
Very Merry December 7 & 8
 and will also be in The Holiday Fair December 15.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

2012 - Very Merry Holiday Fair

In the coming weeks we
will be posting pictures
 of artisans and their work 
along with information about the 
2012 Very Merry Holiday Fair!
(Work of Heart to Heart)

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Doors Will Open at Noon!

 Open the doors 
and find the spirit of the circus thrives 
at the refurbished Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall,
 a building that once served as the Ringling Brothers winter shop and storage quarters.
Now an events venue and location for 
The Very Merry Holiday Fair.
323 Water Street, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
the fair opens 
at Noon on Gala Friday and closes at 7 PM.
 Saturday hours are 9 AM - 4 PM.  
Find all the details at 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thanks Friend!

Thanks to our friend, Mary,
at Raven House
we have a new look for our blog!  
As the weeks grow closer to the two fairs,
we will be posting more great info about our Artisans
and improving the "look" of the blog!
Thank again Mary!

Monday, October 1, 2012

WE still have room for a few more
 Artisans at our
 Holiday Fair "After" the Very Merry
 December 15, 2012.
 Email us for more info.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Frank Delivers Canvases

Today Frank, from The Very Merry Holiday Fair,
 delivered a box of 4" x 4" canvases to the 
Baraboo Boys and Girls Club. 
The kids will paint the canvases and sell them 
at the VMHF for a fundraiser for the club! 
In the pic, you see Frank, Karen and Arline (a director and club president) 
and the kids holding paint brushes ready to start the project.
Their fun paintings will be for sales December 7 & 8 in the Arts Building.
 *Note - Frank cut pumpkin faces on recycled cans 
and sold them at his studio during the
 Fall Art Tour in Octobe
to raise $'s to purchased the canvases.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Artisans in the Summer

Yes...The Very Merry is months away.
Many of our Artisan are busy in the summer.
We saw Maia at the
 Downtown Sunday Market
 with her beautiful cards.
She will be on winter break
from the U of W - Madison
 to do
The Very Merry Holiday Fair 
in December.
Good luck at the Market this summer Maia!

Friday, April 6, 2012

ONLY seven months Away!

Yep!  Only seven months away!!!!
We're planning an interesting shopping experience!
Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring In Baraboo

It's Spring Time in Baraboo.  
The snow has melted and Spring is everywhere.
A little odd for us in March, but we're enjoying it.
No snowsuits, shovels or boots.
Happy Very Merry Spring to ALL.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 Dates!

The Very Merry Holiday Fair
Friday and Saturday ONLY
December 7 & 8, 2012
New Hours - Noon to 6:30 PM & 9 AM - 4 PM
323 Water Street
Baraboo Arts Building
Baraboo, WI

If you missed the original The Very Merry
You have a second chance!


Artisan Fair 
The Very Merry
Saturday, December 15, 2012
9 AM 3 PM
319 Water Street
(Far West Side)
Arts Building
Baraboo, WI