My 2016 Artisans Market Review is on the agenda today. Well all weekend actually since I have so many photos to show you. It took a long time to try and weed out the ones I didn’t want to use. Then I tag them all, put my website on them and optimize them so they will hopefully load quickly. I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures. On with the Artisans Market review!

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The entrance the Rapp-Owen Granary in New Harmony Indiana

Welcome, welcome!

We started out great beginning Friday, December 2nd with a morning show live broadcast on a local (Evansville) news channel. I’ve looked for the clips, but I cannot find them. If I do locate them, I will add a link to it. I would like to see them myself.

That coverage along with a great marketing campaign this year really made a difference in the traffic. Saturday, the Rapp-Owen Granary was full of shoppers for most of the day. In past years, attendance has declined significantly. The marketing group does a lot of social media as well as traditional marketing, which is what we needed to get the information out to everyone.

I actually heard someone say that she lived only 10 miles from New Harmony and had never heard of our Old World Christmas festival that goes on every first weekend for years. That tells me the previous people in charge were not marketing the show. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Marketing is key for a good show.

So when you first walk into the Rapp-Owen Granary, you are greeted by all kinds of fresh baked goodies (the brownies were to die for!) and food like chili, burgers and hot dogs available for you to munch on at the concession area.

The concessions area for food and goodies downstairs in the Rapp-Owen Granary during Christmas in New Harmony.

The goody area.

The seating area to eat your goodies.

View of downstairs in the Rapp-Owen Granary during Christmas in New Harmony

View of downstairs in the Rapp-Owen Granary during Christmas in New Harmony

To the right of the entrance door, there is an elevator to the 2nd floor where the majority of the artisans are at with their goods. I am so glad there is an elevator!

Look to your left and you’ll see why…

beautiful stairway inside the Rapp-Owen Granary in New Harmony, Indiana

While beautiful, I didn’t want to be schlepping my stuff up and down them over and over again. So, the Granary is very handi-cap accessible. Great in my book.

Next up, we have Tony Treadway’s pottery booth. His lovely wife, Christy, minding shop while he attends to show matters. Find his Facebook page here.

Christy Treadway minding Tony Treadways pottery booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Christy Treadway minding Tony Treadways pottery booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Tony Treadway Clay pottery

Beautiful Treadway Clay pottery

Tony Treadway Clay pottery

Beautiful Treadway Clay pottery

On down, still on the main floor, is Kotah Moon and her fabulous metal sculpture art. I have several pieces of her art. See her page here.

Kotah Moon and her metal sculpture booth

Kotah Moon and her beautiful metal sculptures booth

Sunburst of metal by artist Kotah Moon

Sunburst of metal by artist Kotah Moon

Then next to Kotah is the last artist that is on the main floor, Ben Labudde. He is a wood carver and does very fine work. In fact, all of his pieces were sold by 9:30 am on Saturday I heard. I managed to get lucky and scored a carved tree ornament. His companion Lana and I are good gardening pals.

Ben Anselment, the wood carvers work table in his booth at Christmas in New Harmony

The wood carvers work table (Ben Labudde)

Ben Anselment's wood carvings

Ben Labudde’s wood carvings

Ben Anselment, the wood carvers wood sculptures in his booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Ben Labudde’s wood sculptures in his booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Now we’ll head upstairs and see all that was going on there. Right off the elevator you see the gorgeous jewelry of mother and daughter, Sue and Sara Rappee.

Sue Rappee and Sara Rappee art jewelry booth

Sue Rappee and Sara Rappee art jewelry booth

Mother and daughter jewelry artists, Sara and Sue Rappee

Mother and daughter jewelry artists, Sara (l) and Sue (r) Rappee

Across from them is artist Vicky Wilson. She is new to the artisans market this year. We became fast friends. She has a website here.

Art booth of Vicki Wilson at Christmas In New Harmony, artisan market

Vicki’s booth full of mixed media paintings.

Vicki Wilson at Christmas in New Harmony; Indiana

Vicki Wilson at her mixed media booth

Next to Vicki were my friends Mike Gaines and Katherine “Kat” Howell. Both had fantastic but very different jewelry. I’ve posted about Mike’s jewelry here. Kat has Studio 2069 Designs and her jewelry has a very distinct look. See Kat’s page here. I see Mike and Kat at lots of shows, they are always a riot.

Mike Gaines at his jewelry booth

Mike Gaines looking posh in his jewelry booth

Mike Gaine's Bracelet

Bracelet designed by Mike Gaines

Kat Howell at her jewelry booth

Kat Howell at her jewelry booth “Studio 2069 Designs”

earrings designed by Kat Howell of Studio 2069 Designs

Earrings designed by Kat Howell of Studio 2069 Designs

Another new painter for the Artisans Market this year is Julia London-Meddles. She is a hoot as well. Julia painted a few paintings while in her booth – something I am very interested in but not sure I have the organization for. We became friends as well. In fact, I’m friends now with all the artisans!

Julia London-Meddles art booth in the ARtisans Market at Christmas in New Harmony

Julia London-Meddles art booth in the ARtisans Market at Christmas in New Harmony

In between Julia and my booth were my very close friends Connie Tousley and Patti Blakeman. Connie had her beautiful jewelry that is sometimes up-cycled from stained glass, broken china and who knows what else. Patti was a sweetheart and graced us all with her incredible baking skills with the most delicious cookies. Patti will be bringing her other art to upcoming shows I’m pretty sure. She is working on a book and has also shared with me her work in progress mixed media piece that will be a terrific addition to the Artisans Market if she decides to make more of them.

I bought two pieces of Connie’s jewelry, a bracelet with a silver heart with red bamboo coral and also these cool Day of the Dead turquoise skull earrings.

Patti Blakeman, Virginia, Connie Tousley at the ARtisans Market at Christmas in New Harmony

(l-r) Patti, their friend Virginia, and Connie.

On down, next to Julia was my friend Becky Kiesel who makes the classy jewelry out of the Karges Furniture hardware. I’ve featured her one of a kind work before on my blog before also, click here to see it.

Becky Kiesel at her booth in Christmas in New Harmony

Becky Kiesel at her booth in Christmas in New Harmony

Across from Becky was a new fellow named Mark Riggins from Bloomington, Indiana. He was so fun and has these incredible pen and ink renderings.

Mark Riggins from Bloomington, IN at the Christmas in New Harmony ARtisans Market

Mark Riggins from Bloomington, IN

Mark Riggins drawing from Bloomington, IN at the Christmas in New Harmony ARtisans Market

A beautiful rendering by Mark Riggins.

Back in the corner, where he usually is, was Tom Wintczak of Bee Tree Pottery. You’ve heard me talk about Tom and his pottery before and about his wife (Ruth) and they’re most incredible gardens.

Tom Wintczak in his busy booth of pottery.

Tom Wintczak in his busy booth of beautiful pottery.

Next to Tom, is Loom Hall Textiles featuring all the hard work of my friend Peggy Taylor. I’ve posted about Peggy before also and you can find that here. I’m so glad she could come this year, last year she was sick but her daugther ran the show for her.

Peggy Taylor of Loom Hall Textiles

Peggy Taylor of Loom Hall Textiles

Across and diagonal from Peggy is the beautiful sounds that come from violin, harp and guitar. Ahhhhh… It was such a treat to hear the sounds again from this family affair. Music by Elaine is the website where you’ll find her. Elaine Wilson and her father Richard Wilson, a father and daughter duo, were here last year. Their beautiful music made shopping a pleasure. Ellen Wilson (below) was also there selling her teas again this year.

Elaine Wilson in her booth selling tea and music cd's.

Ellen Wilson in her booth selling tea and music cd’s.

We had a new basket weaver in the Granary this year. Patty J. Kelley is her name and she had the most ingenious baskets!

The basket weaver in her booth at Christmas in New Harmony upstairs at the Rapp-Owen Granary.

The basket weaver,Patty J. Kelley, in her booth.

A handmade basket with a potato masher handle.

How great is this basket with a potato masher handle?

Next to the baskets, was Patricia Beagle again with her sweet paintings “Painted by Patty” on eggs, votives, bird houses and more. I posted some info and more photos of Patricia and her work here.

Painting by Patty, Patricia Beagle with her artwork.

Painting by Patty – Patricia Beagle with her intricate artwork.

I can’t leave out Laura Foster Nicolson with her LFN Textiles. She skipped last year, but returned to serve many happy customers with her sewn tea towels, hand puppets, bags from her weavings and more. Find more about Laura and her work on her website here.

LFN Textiles, Laura Foster Nicholson at her booth

LFN Textiles, Laura Foster Nicholson at her booth

Next to Laura was my friend and fellow painter Nancy Pace. Nancy also makes hand made jewelry and wire sculptures. Nancy is a lot of fun and we’ve been friends for years. Find Nancy’s work here.

Nancy Pace with her very cool wire sculptures.

Nancy Pace with her very cool wire sculptures.

Nancy Pace with her jewelry and paintings

Nancy Pace with her jewelry and paintings

Last but not least is my booth! I played around with yet another layout for the interior. I’ve dropped my covered panels – I’ve always hated how it closed off the people around me. I also tried extending my tables to form a T for more real estate. I was pretty happy with how my booth looked.

Jaime Haney in front of her art booth at the Artisans market in Christmas in New Harmony

Me in front of my booth.

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New for this year were hand painted glass ornaments. I guess I should’ve made more since they sold out Saturday morning but I didn’t know how they would be received. So you know next year, I’ll have a lot more. On the upside, I’m working on about ten more for orders I received during and after the show.

Hand painted glass Christmas ornaments

My hand painted glass Christmas ornaments

Here are my booth walls and my shelves (new this year), with some of the paintings on them. I could use a few more lights.

Poppies painting

Poppies paintings and a small crazy fish called More than you bargained for.

I sold the original middle right painting called “Blood moon” to a family who bought it for their son for Christmas. He was only 14 and very mature. He’s already an art collector… off to a good start that one is. He picked it out himself and asked for it. I noticed he kept coming back to it while the family shopped. I love seeing young people into art.

Paintings in the art booth of Jaime Haney at Christmas in New Harmony.

Paintings in my booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Paintings in the art booth of Jaime Haney at Christmas in New Harmony.

Paintings in my booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Corner of the art booth of Jaime Haney at Christmas in New Harmony.

One corner of my booth at Christmas in New Harmony.

Shelves full of small paintings in the art booth of Jaime Haney at Christmas in New Harmony

My shelves full of small paintings at Christmas in New Harmony

Art booth of Jaime Haney at the Artisans Market in Christmas in New Harmony

The interior of my booth.

Below is a slideshow of more funny and memorable photos from the show. There are arrows on the left and right side of the photos to move forward or backwards.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Artisans Market Review. If you were a shopper during the Christmas in New Harmony, I’d love to get your take on how things were as far as the quality of work seen, diversity of items to shop for and also how you heard about the event. Even if you didn’t attend, I’d like to hear what you think judging from the photos. Just leave me a comment 🙂

I absolutely loved this event. It felt like a reunion with my artist friends and meeting new ones whom I’m sure will form long term friendships as well. The traffic was great, sales were good and load in and load out is easy.

I’d say my next show will probably be in the spring. You can always see my schedule for shows as I get applications on my events page. And if you know of any shows I should be attending, please let me know! I’d appreciate it.


If you’re new to my blog and website have a look at my ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts in the form of expressionism. If you’re interested in my art, I have a newsletter mailed about once a month that gives you special status for invitations, birthday greeting and more. Sign up here for it.

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