As the craft fair season arrives, so does opportunity to find handmade gifts for the holiday season and support local creativity.The 13th annual Winter Market begins Saturday at the 1912 Center in Moscow. This season’s six markets will feature 30 different vendors selling everything from food and produce to accessories and home decor. Vendors selling perishable goods will be the same at both of November’s markets but each Saturday offers a new group
of craft artisans. Here are three artists you’ll find at this season’s markets and elsewhere:
Julene Ewert, Moscow
Ewert grew up in Troy and earned her fine arts degree at the University of Idaho. Her colorful and lighthearted designs are inspired by nature and can be found on prints, cards, postcards, calendars, banners and more. She’ll be at the Winter Market Saturday and Dec. 3; the Palouse Author and Artist Festival Nov. 12 at the 1912 Center; and the Christmas Treasures Art Show Dec. 9 at the Pullman Holiday Inn Express and Suites.
Alicia B. Cunningham, Moscow
Irreverent handbags are a specialty of Cunningham, who designs under the label Pink Sweetie. Her handmade Snappy Pouches come in a wild array of designs — think octopuses, spiders and gnomes. The insides are lined with oilcloth, making them easy to clean. The bags are made from specialty fabric Cunningham purchases on her travels. Sizes range from coin pouches to clutch-sized handbags. You’ll find her at the Winter Market Saturday and Dec. 3, Feb. 4 and March 5; the Palouse Author and Artist Festival Nov. 12 at the 1912 Center; Mrs. Claus’ Holiday Bazaar Nov. 19 at the Latah County Fairgrounds; and the Christmas Treasures Art Market Dec. 9 at the Pullman Holiday Inn Express and Suites.
Tami Mirabzadeh, Moscow
Mirabzadeh makes jewelry with polymer clay, which has the appearance of glass but weighs very little. Besides designing rings, hair barrettes, earrings and pendants she also does tatting, a kind of knotted lace made by hand. Tatting work for sale includes holiday ornaments and jewelry. She’ll be at the Winter Market Saturday and Feb. 4; and the Lewis-Clark State College Christmas Craft Fair Dec. 3 at the Activity Center in Lewiston.
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If You Go:
What: The Winter Market
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12, Dec. 3, 10, Feb. 4, March 4
Where: 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., Moscow