Thanks to all making
the Holiday Fair "After" the Very Merry
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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
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!
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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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
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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be one of two potters in The Very Merry Holiday Fair.
Win liveswith 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.
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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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! (Want to receive our blog posts ??? Add your email address in the Email box on the right side of the blog page!)
- 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.
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!
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!