On January 29, Southmoor Elementary will host a shopping fair known as the Valentine's Artisan Fair. In its third year, the Artisan Fair is free and is open to the public.
On January 29, Southmoor Elementary will host a shopping fair known as the Valentine's Artisan Fair. In its third year, the Artisan Fair is free and is open to the public. Approximately thirty well-known local artists will be there, including jewelry artists, screen printers, fiber artists, and others whose art ranges from skin care products to toffee. According to Kathryn Lepry, co-organizer of the event, there will be a wide variety of artists, including three youth vendors, and the organizers are recruiting more vendors. The fair will be going on in the school cafeteria. There will be entertainment and organizers hope to have a group of performers on stage who do tumbling, acrobatics, juggling, and balancing acts in a "Cirque du Soleil" style, according to Ms. Lepry.
There will also be two contests with chances to win small pieces of artwork and/or jewelry from "Madam Sylvie's Amazing Art Drop Machine." One of the contests is for Southmoor Elementary students to design a valentine card and turn it in to the school office no later than Tuesday, January 25.
The second contest, which is open to anyone who attends the fair, is a Valentine costume contest. People of all ages are encouraged to come to the fair dressed in festive Valentine clothing, creative but elementary school appropriate only. You can also buy tokens for the Art Drop Machine. Tokens cost $5.00 each for the large bubble gum-type machine. "Each plastic ball contains a piece of handmade art, and all the money goes back to the classroom for the kids," said Eliza Streete, co-organizer of the event.
According to Ms. Lepry, although the main purpose of the fair is "to celebrate the wonderfully creative artists in our community and to encourage the pursuit of art amongst our youth," the event is also planned to raise money for the school needed because of budget cuts. Last year, the fair raised $1,100 for the school, and this year organizers hope to raise over $1,500. According to Ms. Lepry, seventy percent of the money raised will come from the artisans through vendor fees and donations. With more and more budget cuts in public schools, the Artisan Fair is both fun and helpful.
The Artisan Fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. January 29, 2011, at Southmoor Elementary, 3755 South Magnolia Way, Denver, 80237. For more information, contact Ms. Lepry at 720-323-7512 or Ms. Streete at 303-377-6079.