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Blue Island Retains Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Reasonable

This write-up was contributed by a local community member. The views expressed in this article are the author’s personal.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, craft fairs are coming back in a huge way with Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Honest.

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 planning to participate as suppliers. They will be established up indoors at the Blue Island Beer Business and outdoor in tents alongside Olde Western Avenue and on the patio of the Rock Island Community House.

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

According to Joe Leamanczyk, head of the BIAA, the title “Mai Honest” was selected to honor the German heritage of Blue Island, and the event represents the Metropolis of Blue Island coming back again to lifetime just after the COVID pandemic.

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The BIAA has quite a few aims with the occasion, reported Leamanczyk.

“We want persons to see there is a imaginative group listed here, and we want to hold developing and supporting that community. We hope to make this an yearly signature party. We also want to convey awareness to the corporations in Blue Island. The Town of Blue Island has been good to work with for Mai Fest,” explained Leamanczyk.

John Streetz is the head of the SAA and is the organizer and supervisor of the party. He is a crafter himself, creating pop-artwork-themed products from perler beads as a result of his company Bead Streetz. Streetz is also a lover of craft beers, and it was promoting his products at activities in breweries that gave him the notion to variety the Streetz Artz Alliance and to approach breweries to keep extra of these gatherings.

The SAA has developed to practically three hundred members, all hand crafters, and many reveals are now held through the yr in the Chicago space – there had been four in April on your own.

“The intention is to advocate for the artists and the breweries. It is really about hand crafters, and it’s about people today coming out and acquiring a excellent time,” mentioned Streetz.

For their section, the suppliers are delighted that the in-individual craft fairs are returning.

A single seller who feels this way is Dee Castro, who phone calls her organization Boothy Chicago, and will offer t-shirts and canvas bags with handmade, one of a kind types, and barrettes, bracelets and necklaces built from resin and acrylic at the Blue Island honest.

“Everybody is fired up about getting out and carrying out things once more,” said Castro, “and what a fantastic way to do it, celebrating art and community. Points are slowly coming back again and it can be fantastic to see. It truly is an honor to be element of it, and I glance ahead to it.”

Many of these crafters and artists count at least in part on the income from marketing their handiwork, and several observed a downturn through the pandemic. Despite the fact that some have been ready to rely on Net or store product sales, this was not a viable possibility for absolutely everyone.

For Katherine Einhorn of Reflections with Kate, who produces 3-D artwork on canvas making use of modeling pastes and paints, and also features gemstone products, large and modest handsewn fabric baggage, and artwork created through pyrography, a burning procedure on wood to generate goods like earrings and plaques with sayings, the in-particular person shows are the very best way to go.

“Advertising on the world-wide-web has not worked for me since individuals want to see my do the job in man or woman. It is 3-dimensional. I am really tactile, and when individuals walk into my tent, I say, ‘Touch it, get the job done with it, select it up.’ My things is intended to be managed, and I really like talking to people,” reported Einhorn.

Also for Nicole Burns of NiBu Style and design, identified for her baggage and other things produced from classic, repurposed materials, as very well as her “very little critters.” At this present, she will also be premiering her backyard-themed pictures.

“In-individual contact is incredibly critical so folks can in fact expertise your art and the particulars of your craftsmanship. Pictures on line cannot seize this as perfectly,” explained Burns, who pointed out that despite the fact that a greater and broader viewers might be achieved by promoting online, shipping and other charges and challenges also have to be viewed as.

Susan Larsen of Susan Larsen Design has been advertising her wonderful art jewellery for twenty many years at artwork demonstrates. She will work in sterling silver and copper, and mixes in other products like gemstones, wood, and pearls.

To Larsen, who does not however provide on the Web, “There is nothing at all like the in-particular person shows, getting in a position to speak to people today, to examine how you created the merchandise and your influences. I’ve seriously skipped that and I am keen to get out this summer time and take part in the exhibits.”

One more advantage for the distributors is that the conversation in between the artists that goes on at the demonstrates potential customers to further opportunities. This passes down to the shoppers in the kind of increased availability of and new merchandise from their favourite crafters.

Attractive Ortiz of Lovely’s Magickal Treasures, who will be demonstrating wire-wrapped jewellery making use of crystals and stones, and intentional brooms and wreaths, that is, products with messages or intentions provided on them, acquired about the Streetz Artz Alliance by way of a further seller.

“I am tremendous energized to participate in this show. The networking is really critical. It helps you develop as an artist, moreover I get referrals from other suppliers at the clearly show,” reported Ortiz.

Olde Western Avenue will be closed from Broadway to Canal Streets for the Mai Fest. There will never be any meals trucks for the reason that site visitors are encouraged to pay a visit to Blue Island’s food items and beverage establishments. Inclement temperature could result in improvements to the programs.

Mai Fest is absolutely free to the public, but a donation of $5 will be appreciated by the BIAA to help with other programming for the yr.

The adhering to is the listing of suppliers scheduled to be at the party. There is sure to be something to please absolutely everyone.


Adara Selene Creations

AngMir Hecho con Cariño

Aqueos Creations

Artwork by Devan

Aubrey’s Attic

AWE Sauce / Comics

Axial Creations

Bella natural beauty

Belonio Doodles



Canal Woodturning

Castillo & Co. Jewellery

Cats, Crafts & Cooking

Ceramics by Leo


Cositas de Clay

Decor Candles


Dive Bar Cleaning soap Enterprise

Dk custom woodwork

Dust Bunny Mafia

EncinoMane Publications


Fleeting Obsessions

FrankenWerks Studios

Galaxy Skincare

Gary Selling price, Artist

Gigawatt Espresso Roasters

HeadCase Studio

Heidy’s Krafts

I tumble for you

Intuitive Visions

Jason Michael West artwork

John Tamulis Artwork

Jonathan Grimm Art

k sweet creations

KP’s Candy Factory

Laura Lynne Artwork, LLC

LeonMechelle Artist Studios

Libra Mounting By Yoali

Tiny Appreciate Affairs Boutique

Lovely’s Magickal Treasures

Luna’s Loops

Madame Soto

Mejor Sana Shop

Moonlight BEEN


NiBu Layout

OG Clothes LLC

Owl Bee Imaginative Studio

Pastry Sue Sue

Penca De Nopal

Phoenix Increasing Artwork

Rabbit Hole of Analysis

Raven Feathers and Bat Wings

Rebel Ice Product Co.

Reflections with Kate

Reisha Rhapsodies

Rocco bee Collective


Ruta Spencer

Sage & Sunflowers Crystal Kitchen area



Frightening TERRI’S CRAFTS

Self Built Overall body & Soul

Sid Sauce

Sir Winslow’s Zoo

Smelly Melly Soaps and Candles, LLC

South Aspect Pod

Spliff Society

Stray Cats

Susan Larsen Layout


Tarot by Ptah

Tasty Pickles

The Classics Pomade Co

The Smile On A Pet, LLC

The Waxy Lab

This Overlook Bakes

Tiendita Recuerdos de Patzcuaro

Unique Creations by Rachel

Ursula Naturals

Classic Stems

Eyesight Garments Co

Z’inked Exquisite Patterns

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