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Giving Local Is Easy at First Friday Event Featuring Indiana Artisans

If you’re looking for holiday gift giving ideas that don’t come from a big box store, consider attending the Indiana Landmarks Gallery1201’s First Friday event on December 2. The gallery will host a number of Indiana Artisans who will be selling diverse, hand-made gifts and treasures.

Indiana Artisan is the state’s official organization charged with charged with reviewing, recognizing and promoting the work of Indiana’s highest-quality art and food artisans. More than 175 artisans from 53 Indiana counties have been juried into the organization. Several of them will be on hand at the Indiana Landmarks First Friday event. A sampling of what visitors will find includes:

  • Oils and acrylics by Mary Ann Davis of Indianapolis;
  • Pastels by Pam Newell of Fishers;
  • Handmade paper by Sheryl Woodhouse-Keese of Twisted Limb Paperworks, Bloomington;
  • Native American flutes by Earl Tharp of Arcadia;
  • Art quilts by Darren Redman of Nashville;
  • Stained glass work by Daniel Sims of Richmond;
  • Chocolates by Julie Bolejack of Chocolate for the Spirit in Shelbyville;
  • Candies by Jayne Hoadley of J. Evelyn Confections in Shelbyville;
  • Cookies by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand;
  • Fine-turned woodwork by Tim Kennedy of Fishers;
  • Hand-carved Indiana birds by Geoff Davis of Noblesville;
  • Graphite drawings by Lynn Retson of Porter;
  • Photography by Al Knight of Lafayette;
  • Jewelry by Linda and Nathan Jones of Persimmon Metals in Richmond;
  • Cheese crisps by Kalista Johnson of Grace Island Specialty Foods in Garrett;
  • Pottery by Tom and Judy Prichard of Oak Grove Pottery in Nashville;
  • Pottery by Carol Bell of Blue Moon Pottery in Noblesville;
  • Handwoven/felted creatures by Jennifer Berger of Zionsville;
  • Painted gourd pins and ornaments by Rosey Bolte of The Uncommon Gourd in Nashville;
  • Jewelry by Mercedes Brugh of FrozenMusic composed glass jewelry in Logansport;
  • Functional and decorative high-fire stoneware by Mary Firestone of Dirty Hands Pottery in Lafayette;
  • Jewelry by Amy Greely of Nashville;
  • Soaps and bath products by Lauri Isle of SACS & Co. in Winona Lake; and
  • Mixed-media paper art by Michele Pollock of Lost Lake Studio in Nashville.

The First Friday event at Gallery 1201 will take place on December 2 from 6:00-9:00pm at 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis.  To find other Indiana Artisans near you, check out the Artisan Trail Map.

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