art+craft markets

Have you marked your calendar?!?

The Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market!
Featuring art and handmade goods from over 250 amazing vendors!!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - FREE ADMISSION:
Saturday, Dec 9th + Sunday, Dec 10th!
from 11am - 6pm
PRE-SHOW TICKETED SHOPPING EVENT:
Friday, Dec 8th
from 5pm-9pm
Tickets are on sale NOW!
Act fast if you want to attend - tickets WILL SELL OUT and WILL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!
Click HERE to go to the ticket page!
The Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

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November Artist of the Month: Michele Maule!

November Artist of the Month: Michele Maule!

November’s Artist of the Month is talented illustrator, painter, printmaker, and all around good egg, Michele Maule!

Michele is a Portland artist who is currently living the dream - she started out on Etsy many years ago, and eventually was able to quit her day job and sell her art and cards full time!

michele maule pacific northwest coast print

Most of her work, Michele says, is autobiographical in nature, but some of it tells stories.  This makes sense as it is easy to imagine yourself dropping into one of her rich, colorful landscape paintings for a hike, or snuggling up to one of the cute critters in her greeting cards.  It’s very obvious that all of her work is created with tons of care and attention.

michele maule polar bears

Maule’s work often portrays familiar sights like the St John’s Bridge framed by the evergreen trees in Forest Park, or the Steel Bridge surrounded by pink cherry blossoms, with an attention to detail and a signature style that is irresistible to locals and visitors alike.  

michele maule steel bridge print

She’s also done a marvelous series of gouache portraits of Women Artists, which will be available in a 2018 calendar (each artist’s portrait corresponding to their birth month!).  Our shop is super psyched to be showcasing several of her framed originals, including Patti Smith, Frida Kahlo and Yoko Ono!

michele maule 2018 women artists calendar

You can find Michele Maule's work online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/michelemaule and also score a selection of her prints at our online store!  For a little more scoop straight from the artist herself, read on:

What do you predict for your business in the future?
I've been growing a lot this year and I'm hoping to continue to do that! I'd love to have my work in more shops around the country and to have a few solo shows in galleries next year.

michele maule st johns bridge print

Who is your current celebrity crush?
Ryan Gosling, always.

Who is your current political crush?
Leslie Knope, always.

What are you reading or what podcast are you listening to?
My two favorite podcasts are My Favorite Murder and The Dollop. Those two podcasts have helped me paint some of the most tedious pieces I've ever painted and they've helped me process quite a few wholesale orders.

michele maule goats print

Favorite beer, wine or drink?
I love my friend Amy's Old Fashions.  Like friendship in a glass.

Do you carry an umbrella?  What is your stance on umbrellas in Portland?
I don't carry one. I guess they're okay. Unless you're on a really crowded street, and you have to do a lot of dodging and weaving in order not to have your eyes poked out.


By Joanna Kurimsky

michele maule french bulldog card

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Help Us Spread the Word!

Our big Holiday Art + Craft Market is just over a month away and we would love your help spreading the word! We have created a Facebook Event where you can invite all your friends and followers. We will be adding event updates there so stay tuned for more exciting additions! We have also have created some handy web graphics for you to use to spread the word via social media (see below)!

If you want actual printed posters + postcards to hand out you can swing by our retail shop in downtown Portland to pick them up.
Crafty Wonderland Shop
808 SW 10th Ave. in Portland
open 10am-6pm Mon - Sat, 11am-6pm Sun.

Thanks for your support and see you on December 9th + 10th!
As usual, the amazing artwork used on our posters is done by Ryan Berkley of Berkley Illustration.


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First Pick Pre-Show Party tickets On Sale!


Have you ever dreamed of shopping our Holiday Art + Craft Market without all the crazy crowds of people?? Or maybe you want first pick of all the handmade goodness? 


WE KNOW! Last year's Friday Night First Pick Pre-Show Shopping Party was such a success that we're doing it again this year! Get your tickets now and be one of the lucky ones who can shop our show before we open to the public over the weekend! We're only selling 800 tickets so get one while you can! (To give you an idea of crowds, there are usually close to 2,000 people waiting in line to get into our show when it opens on Saturday morning and our attendance for the entire weekend is 20,000...so 800 will feel like a gentle breeze!)

If the early shopping perk isn't enough, your ticket also gets you one free drink of your choice at the cash bar!

Crafty Wonderland First Pick Pre-Show Party
Friday, December 8th
5:00pm - 9:00pm

at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd - HALL A
CLICK HERE to go to the ticket page!

As always, the show is FREE and open to the public all day
Saturday + Sunday, December 9th + 10th from 11am - 6pm!

Tickets are only $20 and include:
  • Entry into the show from 5:00-9:00pm on Friday, December 8th and an opportunity to shop early from over 250 handmade vendors without the crowds
  • One free drink of your choice at the cash bar

A few things to note:
-The legendary Crafty Wonderland “goodie bags” will NOT be given out at this pre-show event. They will be given out to the first 150 shoppers in line at the show on Saturday and Sunday. As usual, the event will be free and open to the public all day Saturday and Sunday, December 9 + 10 from 11am-6pm!

-The free DIY craft activities will NOT be happening during the pre-show party, but will be up and running all day Saturday and Sunday as usual.

- Kids 5 years old and under are free. Kids 6 years old and up will be required to have a ticket to attend. The event is all ages but is meant to be a relaxing shopping experience where you can have a grown up drink and shop at your leisure so we encourage you to come kid-free if possible!

- Tickets West charges a $3 fee per ticket. We are sorry but this is the only way to buy tickets as per Convention Center rules. You can not buy them directly from us.

 
Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through TicketsWest. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event. Get yours now before they sell out! You don't want to miss this - it's going to be HUGE!

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October Artist of the Month: Red Star Art!

October Artist of the Month: Red Star Art!

Just in time for the spookiest, most mysterious time of year, we proudly feature a Crafty star: self proclaimed “Artist/Recluse” Alicia Justus, aka Miss Red Star Art as October’s Artist of the Month!

red star art

We are thrilled to currently have on display Alicia’s gorgeous wood-burnt Spirit boards with matching planchettes, as well as framed paintings of her “Moth Girls” - created especially for our feature - incredibly detailed paintings of women-moth hybrids with an Old World vibe.  It’s worth a trip to our shop just to see these beauties up close.

red star art

Intuitive and possessing a sixth sense for finding vintage treasures and supplies with which she can work, Alicia said, “I have dreams where I’m in nature - always near water - at the edges of rivers or the ocean, where I’m digging, and I find some fabulous vintage piece in the sand - and then I go out thrifting and I find that piece.  It calls to me, and I find it.”

red star art felt mice

We’ve also got handmade felt flower dolls in lovely outfits, hand-sewn down to the buttons on their boots.  And of course, plenty of red-eyed white mice in wedding finery, perfectly detailed dresses with kerchiefs round their necks.  Life-sized matchbook story books, paper doll books and tiny illustrated storybooks on vintage paper foretold in a dream, featuring her original character, Little Bird. It’s all got to be seen to be believed!

red star art

“It gets to me sometimes.  People don’t know how old and rare things are anymore, how special these things are.”

Searching for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or someone who appreciates the past?  Come catch a glimpse of Alicia’s necklaces hand woven with antique silk, Czech beads, and 1930’s Cracker Jack prizes as pendants.  Beaded button rings and brooches, colorful tulle hair clips, Dia de los Muertos paper masks, skeletons and skull brooches round out the collection.  “I started designing my own paper decorations years ago. I noticed that all the paper skeletons were either too grotesque or insipidly cutesy-pie, and they all seemed decidedly male. Think about it, you never see a lady skeleton. I have some new designs this year.”

red star art

Alicia has social media now - you can find Miss Red Star Art on Instagram and Facebook, as well as at the monthly Twilight Rummage sale on SE Hawthorne, and of course, in our downtown shop and at our Art + Craft Market!

By Joanna Kurimsky