GALLIPOLIS — The Artisan Shoppe and Studio, a non-profit organization 501(c)(3), welcomes their second annual Fall Festival Fundraiser in the Gallipolis City Park on Saturday, October 6,from 4-8 p.m.
This year, they have added a bike (motorcycle) show, with $500 grand prize, sponsored by Baxter’s Harley-Davidson, as well as first, second, and third place trophies for every category. Along with the bike show, there will be motorcycle swap meet vendors offering motorcycle related items for sale.
Again, as last year’s fall festival, there will be bounce houses, a hay-maze, costume contests, a pie-eating contest, pumpkin painting, and a variety of artisan vendors, direct sales vendors, and informational groups lining the sidewalks.
This fundraiser, along with their St. Patrick’s Day Cultural Festival and Parade, assist The Artisan Shoppe, Studio, Gallery and Market in their mission to educate our community and visitors in arts and our diversity in cultures, and to help local artisans in the promotion, marketing and sale of their wares. These local artisans reflect the full spectrum of the art, from fine arts to crafts, and, visual to performing arts.
According to the organization’s website, “The Artisan Shoppe opened several months after the Gallia County Artisan Market in December 2014. The Artisan Shoppe provides a space for local artisans to show and sell their services and wares without having to be there themselves.”
The group accepts all “sorts of creations to be part of the shoppe whether it is fine arts (painting, photography, sculpture, music, writing, poetry, performing arts, film, printmaking, conceptual art), or a type of craft (sewing, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, etc.) As long as you have a physical form of your creation, it can be displayed in The Artisan Shoppe.”
The organization added its studio in October 2015 and is open to both practicing artisans and the general public. According to the organization’s website, “Some art supplies, like easels, brushes, canvases and water color paper, will be available to purchase/rent for those who do not have their own supplies. Anyone with their own supplies can also use the studio when we don’t have classes scheduled.”
Classes are often held with the Artisan Shoppe and Studio at its location on 749 Third Avenue.