Like many downtown SLC residents, I’m a total snob. I rarely travel past 33rd South, and even going that far requires special planning and several days notice. But there is one event that brings me out of my home territory – the Beehive Bazaar, Provo/Orem’s big handmade craft event. It takes place twice a year around Christmas and Mother’s Day. My friends Carrie Poulsen, Tonya Vistaunet and Dallas Russell all vend at the event and work like mad for months making handmade goodies to sell. Opening night is a crazy affair, with people lining up and tearing through the merchandise like it is a Black Friday sale at Wal-mart. Here are the details on the event, which is moving to Thanksgiving Point for the first time this year, which will shave a few minutes off my commute! I’m also highlighting a few of the artists I am most looking forward to seeing there. You can see all the artists at thebeehivebazaar.com/category/2010-spring-artists/. And for more about the Beehive Bazaar, check out my friend Gavin’s post on the same topic http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/blog-3534-the-beehive-bazaar.html.
Beehive Bazaar At Thanksgiving Point
– Wednesday May 5, 8pm – midnight. VIP Night, $8 to get in.
– Thursday May 6th, 10am – 10pm, free entry.
– Friday May 7th, 10am – 10pm, free entry.
– Saturday May 8th, 10am – 8pm, free entry
And now for the artists!
Dallas Russell was born in 1923 to retired vaudeville performers: Frank “The Flash” Russell and Natasha “Boom Boom” Valentino…. Ok Dallas just has a wild imagination, as is evident from her fanciful, Easily Amused collection. Actually, she was born much later in Salt Lake City and was bestowed the gift of craft by her mother. Dallas wasted no time in using her artistic inheritance. She began by creating matching outfits and fashionable accessories for her and her doll collection. She finds her inspiration through color, all things adorable, Japanese cute and vintage findings. Oh, did I mention she likes silly things, especially anthropomorphized animals that wear hats and eat spaghetti! Other than making the world a more whimsical place, she is a Program Coordinator for youth at an after-school and summer program. She likes to ride her bike, watch hours of Project Runway and The Daily Show with her patient hubby Steve. So step right up and see the amazing Dallas and the world of Easily Amused!
I like to make bags made from old pairs of pants. I make soft toys- some rattle some don’t. I have a new design for the rattles that sold so well at the last bazaar and I am working on a new toy design that will be better for small babies. I also make hot pads and embroider kids T-shirts. I might even pull out some other new ideas by the time May gets here…
Hamilton’s Handmade Furniture
VERY affordable furniture….bookcases, kids furniture, tables, chairs, built-ins…anything anyone needs me to build. I love working with wood…working with my hands and creating things that people can use and love. I build high quality goods that I feel should last as long as the tree took to grow. This spring I will have fun garden furniture, pyramid trellis’, framed arts and crafts tiles, pressed tin picture frames, salvaged window cabinets, bookcases, nice thick maple cutting boards….all sorts.
Marie Spiker – Autumn Dame
I love to create fun, fresh, comfortable pieces. I think clothing should be unique & beautiful. Each season I am continuously switching up the tempo, using up all the goods for that line & once they are gone..I move on!