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Blue Island Holds Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Good

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Just in time for Mother’s Working day, craft fairs are coming back in a big way with Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Reasonable.

This occasion will be held on Olde Western Avenue in Blue Island on Saturday, April 30, from 12 midday to 5:00 p.m. Eighty-8 artists and crafters are setting up to take part as distributors. They will be established up indoors at the Blue Island Beer Organization and outdoors in tents together Olde Western Avenue and on the patio of the Rock Island General public Property.

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The event is co-sponsored by the Blue Island Arts Alliance (BIAA) and the Streetz Artz Alliance (SAA).

In accordance to Joe Leamanczyk, head of the BIAA, the identify “Mai Truthful” was preferred to honor the German heritage of Blue Island, and the event represents the Town of Blue Island coming again to existence after the COVID pandemic.

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The BIAA has several ambitions with the function, reported Leamanczyk.

“We want persons to see there is a creative neighborhood right here, and we want to hold making and supporting that local community. We hope to make this an yearly signature function. We also want to bring recognition to the companies in Blue Island. The City of Blue Island has been great to operate with for Mai Fest,” claimed Leamanczyk.

John Streetz is the head of the SAA and is the organizer and manager of the function. He is a crafter himself, making pop-artwork-themed goods from perler beads by way of his small business Bead Streetz. Streetz is also a lover of craft beers, and it was offering his goods at activities in breweries that gave him the idea to kind the Streetz Artz Alliance and to method breweries to keep much more of these gatherings.

The SAA has grown to pretty much 3 hundred members, all hand crafters, and numerous displays are now held in the course of the 12 months in the Chicago location – there had been four in April by itself.

“The purpose is to advocate for the artists and the breweries. It can be about hand crafters, and it is really about people today coming out and owning a fantastic time,” mentioned Streetz.

For their part, the sellers are satisfied that the in-person craft fairs are returning.

Just one vendor who feels this way is Dee Castro, who phone calls her business Boothy Chicago, and will offer you t-shirts and canvas luggage with handmade, unique styles, and barrettes, bracelets and necklaces built from resin and acrylic at the Blue Island honest.

“Everyone is fired up about obtaining out and accomplishing items once more,” said Castro, “and what a wonderful way to do it, celebrating art and community. Issues are slowly but surely coming back and it truly is great to see. It’s an honor to be section of it, and I glimpse forward to it.”

A lot of of these crafters and artists depend at least in element on the income from providing their handiwork, and lots of noticed a downturn all through the pandemic. Though some had been capable to rely on Internet or retail outlet sales, this was not a practical solution for absolutely everyone.

For Katherine Einhorn of Reflections with Kate, who generates 3-D artwork on canvas working with modeling pastes and paints, and also gives gemstone things, big and tiny handsewn material luggage, and art produced through pyrography, a burning method on wooden to build items like earrings and plaques with sayings, the in-individual reveals are the ideal way to go.

“Offering on the internet has not labored for me because persons need to see my work in man or woman. It really is three-dimensional. I am quite tactile, and when people stroll into my tent, I say, ‘Touch it, get the job done with it, pick it up.’ My things is meant to be handled, and I adore chatting to folks,” explained Einhorn.

Also for Nicole Burns of NiBu Layout, recognized for her baggage and other objects designed from classic, repurposed fabrics, as effectively as her “minimal critters.” At this show, she will also be premiering her backyard-themed images.

“In-particular person call is incredibly crucial so men and women can essentially experience your art and the details of your craftsmanship. Pics on the net are not able to seize this as perfectly,” stated Burns, who pointed out that despite the fact that a greater and broader audience might be achieved by promoting on the internet, transport and other prices and challenges also have to be regarded.

Susan Larsen of Susan Larsen Style has been providing her good artwork jewellery for 20 decades at art displays. She works in sterling silver and copper, and mixes in other materials like gemstones, wooden, and pearls.

To Larsen, who does not however sell on the World-wide-web, “There is absolutely nothing like the in-particular person reveals, being in a position to converse to men and women, to go over how you created the product and your influences. I’ve actually skipped that and I am keen to get out this summer season and take part in the reveals.”

Another reward for the suppliers is that the interaction concerning the artists that goes on at the reveals sales opportunities to added options. This passes down to the buyers in the type of enhanced availability of and new products from their favored crafters.

Pretty Ortiz of Lovely’s Magickal Treasures, who will be exhibiting wire-wrapped jewellery utilizing crystals and stones, and intentional brooms and wreaths, that is, products with messages or intentions involved on them, uncovered about the Streetz Artz Alliance by way of one more seller.

“I am super energized to participate in this exhibit. The networking is pretty critical. It assists you mature as an artist, furthermore I get referrals from other vendors at the clearly show,” said Ortiz.

Olde Western Avenue will be shut from Broadway to Canal Streets for the Mai Fest. There is not going to be any food vans for the reason that website visitors are encouraged to check out Blue Island’s food items and beverage institutions. Inclement weather conditions could bring about adjustments to the strategies.

Mai Fest is no cost to the general public, but a donation of $5 will be appreciated by the BIAA to assistance with other programming for the calendar year.

The next is the list of sellers scheduled to be at the celebration. There is certain to be some thing to remember to everyone.


Adara Selene Creations

AngMir Hecho con Cariño

Aqueos Creations

Art by Devan

Aubrey’s Attic

AWE Sauce / Comics

Axial Creations

Bella attractiveness

Belonio Doodles



Canal Woodturning

Castillo & Co. Jewellery

Cats, Crafts & Cooking

Ceramics by Leo


Cositas de Clay

Decor Candles


Dive Bar Soap Enterprise

Dk customized woodwork

Dust Bunny Mafia

EncinoMane Publications


Fleeting Obsessions

FrankenWerks Studios

Galaxy Skincare

Gary Rate, Artist

Gigawatt Coffee Roasters

HeadCase Studio

Heidy’s Krafts

I tumble for you

Intuitive Visions

Jason Michael West art

John Tamulis Artwork

Jonathan Grimm Artwork

k lovable creations

KP’s Sweet Manufacturing facility

Laura Lynne Art, LLC

LeonMechelle Artist Studios

Libra Climbing By Yoali

Tiny Adore Affairs Boutique

Lovely’s Magickal Treasures

Luna’s Loops

Madame Soto

Mejor Sana Shop

Moonlight BEEN


NiBu Design and style

OG Apparel LLC

Owl Bee Creative Studio

Pastry Sue Sue

Penca De Nopal

Phoenix Rising Artwork

Rabbit Hole of Exploration

Raven Feathers and Bat Wings

Rebel Ice Cream Co.

Reflections with Kate

Reisha Rhapsodies

Rocco bee Collective


Ruta Spencer

Sage & Sunflowers Crystal Kitchen



Frightening TERRI’S CRAFTS

Self Produced Overall body & Soul

Sid Sauce

Sir Winslow’s Zoo

Smelly Melly Soaps and Candles, LLC

South Facet Pod

Spliff Modern society

Stray Cats

Susan Larsen Structure


Tarot by Ptah

Delicious Pickles

The Classics Pomade Co

The Smile On A Pet, LLC

The Waxy Lab

This Miss out on Bakes

Tiendita Recuerdos de Patzcuaro

Distinctive Creations by Rachel

Ursula Naturals

Classic Stems

Eyesight Clothes Co

Z’inked Exquisite Models

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