Many artists and authors are gathering at the first annual ‘Artisan Faire’ at Santa Anita Park. Wendy Anderson, owner at WOW! Events, is excited over this new venture. As a veteran of the festival scene, she is looking forward to the variety and creativity this project provides. Wendy originally thought to create a handcrafted ‘Faire’. “We wanted a ‘Faire’ that spotlights a variety of Artisans – those who use their brains and their body to create beauty and educate adults and children alike”, she tells me, “but the project quickly expanded to include many other topics like health, beauty, and fashion.
She adds, “We have craft vendors, demonstrators, an author’s corner, various artists, dancers, exercise and healthy living, representations of what most of us feel are ‘dying arts’ like puppetry and calligraphy, along with a children’s activity area with multicultural crafts and storytelling that is both fun and often educational.” This event has become mind expanding on the definition of what an Artisan is.
The Artisan Faire 2012 is not your usual crafts fair
In addition to an impressive grouping of high-quality, handcrafted works of art, fashion, home accessories, and culinary products created by artisans selected through a juried process, this event is designed to enhance your shopping experience.
The main exhibit hall features rows of vendors with high-quality works of art and novelty products hand-crafted by designers and artisans. This show will include a selection of novel items ranging in price from very affordable, to custom designs and one-of-a-kind creations for the special people in your life.
To give you a taste of what’s to come
On the covered patio outside the Main Exhibit Hall you can participate or watch a free session of a lesson in yoga, qigong and other natural exercises. The Society for Calligraphy of Southern California be there to demonstrate their craft and give away personalized book marks and write people’s name in calligraphy. Pasadena-based International Puppetry will present a Shadow Puppet Workshop and features a performance by Billy Goats Gruff.
You can also enjoy a massage or makeover consultation in our signature Bonjour Boutique™ Salon, or enter a drawing for a makeover by Stylist Michael David Gallego, of Cheveux Hair & Makeup Salon, San Marino. For the Sunday Contest Special, Artist Javier Harriman, a graduate and teacher at the Art Center College of Design, will paint sketch portraits of our lucky contest winners at the Artisan Faire on Sunday 11/18/12.
For the children OurParentingPlace.com will be sponsoring arts and crafts activities: Decorating Russian Nesting Dolls – Matreshka and Persian Tea Pots out of recycled cardboards & Storytelling.
For the book lovers an Authors Corner will be staged where local Southern CA authors will be talking about and selling their books.
Wendy Anderson’s personal favorite, with close personal family ties, is the ‘Wedding Dress’ on exhibit along with the original bride Chiyomi. The ‘WEDDING DRESS’ narrative tells a wonderful memory of long ago:
“Chiyomi looked stunning in her beautiful wedding dress as she and Kaz Ogawa said their nuptials in the shadow of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains on March 26, 1944. Like so many other young Americans who would take part in launching the start of the “baby boom” that followed World War II, the Ogawa’s had found love and were ready to settle down. What should have been one of the happiest days of their lives must have been dampened by the barbed wire that surrounded their wedding location. They were married while interned at Manzanar, one of 10 “War Relocation Camps” established in the U.S to house American citizens of Japanese descent and Japanese immigrants who lived along the Pacific Coast of the country.
Another internee, Chiyomi’s Auntie Nui, was a professional seamstress designed and made the wedding dress for the bride’s special day. After the war ended and Japanese Americans worked to reclaim and rebuild their lives, Chiyomi’s wedding dress was eventually worn by five other women on their special days. This garment weaved a common thread through the lives of Chickie Hino, Haru Fujihara, Hasie Ogawa, Kay Fujikawa and Nattie Koyama. Just like Chiyomi, all of them made their homes and raised their families in Pasadena, CA.
Chiyomi never imagined that her wedding dress would inspire interest 68 years after she said “I do,” nor did she ever fathom the photo of her and Kaz would generate such intrigue as a unique record of American history.”
And last but not least, several Santa Anita chefs are preparing a food court menu that includes delectable delights, healthy selections and traditional American favorites. You are also invited to watch cooking demonstrations. See for yourself this broad selection of novel products and personal care services – just in time for holiday shopping!
This event is scheduled for Saturday 11/17 and Sunday 11/18 and is designed for all genres. The event is free for adults and children.
LIKE www.facebook.com/TheArtisanFaire & starting 11/11 for opportunity to enter the drawing.
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The event is located at: Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007