Bucktown Holiday ArtShow Dec 9 & 10

This weekend is my last art fair of the year, the 2017 Bucktown Holiday ArtShow. I think I’m in year four now, and I love returning to the Holstein Park Fieldhouse every year.

The vendors are so creative, and it is a nice blend of catching up with regular exhibitors and those trying out the show for the first time. I enjoy perusing the creativity of each booth and tend to do my own holiday shopping here as time permits.

You’ll find 3 rooms filled with 100 artists offering ceramics to photography, watercolors to oils, jewelry to textiles. The show is Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at 2200 N. Oakley Ave. in Chicago.

A Silent Auction allows you to bid on donations from artists in the ArtShow. This year, auction proceeds benefit Visibility Arts. Visibility Arts is a comprehensive visual arts program that offers a combination of group learning experiences and hands-on studio time to adults with developmental disabilities. Guests can place a bid on any and as many items as they like by using the auction slip that will be attached to each item. Participants don’t have to be present to win.

I hope to see you there this weekend!

Last Weekend for the SJS pop-up Bazaar

Thursday is men’s shopping night at the See Jane Sparkle Pop-up Bazaar. We will be open from 7 pm to 9 pm at 817A Chicago Avenue in Evanston to give last-minute shoppers a chance to purchase presents for their loved ones.

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As a bonus, we are offering chair massages so you can unstiffen your holiday-stressed shoulders! Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT, CMLDT is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy and holds a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

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While all our gift items are unique and mostly one-of-a-kind, none of them will break the bank. There are unique and fashionable gift items for Barbie lovers ranging from $6 (designer dresses!) to $125 (vintage Barbie Doll sets).

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Jewelry options range from $20 to $60 for a variety of handmade earrings, bangles, bracelets, necklaces and pendants.

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Handmade leather bags by Affashionado range from $165 to $395.

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Little Light Bazaar’s lamps start at $85 and their votives and vases are $25.

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Biba Cosmetic’s luscious lip gloss is $38.

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Marie’s Romantic Designer gifts start at $3 for greeting cards and gift boxes up to $68.

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Cultivate’s airplants start at $14.

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So pop in Thursday from 7 to 9 pm and find something unique for your family members.

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We are also open Friday from 12 to 6, possibly 7 if demand warrants it. Saturday I will keep shop from from 11 to 5 pm. On Sunday Rebecca will return for more muscle relaxing from 12 to 4 pm. But that’s it. The artisans go their merry ways after 4 pm on December 20.

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On the 12 days before Christmas…

It’s only 12 days to Christmas on Friday, everyone! The See Jane Sparkle Pop-up Bazaar will be open from 12-6 on December 11 and yours truly will be shopkeeping again.

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Come peruse the variety of gift items we have in stock for you and support handmade and local curators of beauty.

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You know your true loves deserve something extra special for being good all year. My ornaments are waiting with baited breath to see who will adopt them.

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I also have my full stock of pendants, collar necklaces, bracelets, keychains and earrings at the store. Come in, peruse the selection and place a custom order if you want something more specific.

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Light up a special someone’s life with a gorgeous handmade lamp. Little Light Bazaar just opened on Chicago Avenue in September and has gorgeous chandeliers, tabletop lamps, vases and Alladin lamps in their 928 Chicago Ave, Evanston, storefront. We carry a few of the lamps and vases/votive holders in the former See Jane Sparkle boutique. The glass is made in the Czech Republic and the globes are assembled in Turkey. You can swap out different designs in your light fixtures, and a web site will soon offer mix and match features.

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Marie’s Musings offers romantic gifts for the lovers of the world. Her items range from expressive greeting cards to T-Shirts to mugs to gift baskets. The concept behind Marie’s Musings is to assist couples to begin a conversation about their relationship, to rekindle the romance in their relationship, and to enhance that relationship by igniting the passion that still exists.

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We have airplants and nature-scented gifts from Cultivate for the green-lover in your life. Cultivate Urban Rainforest and Gallery took over Dave’s Down to Earth Rock shop’s original space this summer. Its exhibits still offer a wonderful nod to the former function with critters and insects adorning various art works.

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This lovely shop isn’t just a place to purchase plants. The owners’ emphasis is on community building, and various workshops and the monthly exhibit parties seek to create that gathering of like-minded souls. In addition to Plant Killers Anonymous and terrarium workshops, Cultivate offers movie nights (Little Shop of Horrors, anyone?) and various workshops that cater to the soul. Check out the sampling of gift items we have at 817A Chicago Avenue.

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Tiny Frock Shop charmed me since I first heard of it. Stand back, Hipster Barbie because this Instagram feed is far more entertaining. Check out the lovely outfits we have available for just $6! Budding fashion designers can create their own garments with swatch sets packets labeled Cool, Saucy, Pretty and Cute. Designer purses are only $10 each and make great stocking stuffers. True collectors can purchase vintage and one-of-a-kind dolls and a full Barbie Kit.

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Biba Cosmetics offers luscious lip gloss in three shades that will add shine to your lips and keep them pampered through the day or the soiree. The lovely gold compacts come with an applicator and a lovely pouch.  Sample a bit while you peruse the store.

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AFFASHIONADO offers select handmade leather handbags for sale. Made in Chicago the black and burgundy bags come in various sizes and offer sleek functionality.

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Sare Jane Abbott added her own sparkle to the store with her selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets. 817A Chicago Avenue was the first permanent location for See Jane Sparkle, after Sara Jane conducted hundreds of art fairs and home parties to sell her creations.

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Inspired by Coco Chanel and Duran Duran, Sara Jane strives to help everyone to discover their inner starlet.

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Her larger store location at 1312 Chicago Avenue allows Sara Jane to also expand their line of vintage fashion garments and accessories, including handbags, hats and clothing. The grand re-opening will be held Friday as well, with a ribbon cutting at 4 pm and festivities lasting until 10 pm.

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Join me at the smaller pop-up first for a sampling, and then stroll over to Dempster to sip on bubbly, get a manicure (with purchase) and receive 20% off everything. Wear Black, Red or White to support Sara Jane’s true colors. There will also be a Sparkle raffle ($120 value) which proved lucky for me a few soirees ago. I’ll head over there for a happy dance after closing at 6 pm.

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The pop-up bazaar will reopen on Thursday, December 17 for a men’s shopping night from 7 to 9 pm, and we will also be open Friday from 12-6, Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday from 12-4. I may also be around on other days so contact me if you want  private shopping session.

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My third Bucktown Holiday ArtShow

This weekend I am returning to the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow for the third time. This fair is full of amazing and unique gifts for the last-minute holiday shopper.

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You should check out all the goodies that will be on display in 4 large rooms on Saturday and Sunday from 12 am to 5 pm. There will be delicious food, a variety of home decor items, fiber arts, holiday decorations, children’s gifts, jewelry, candles, and more.

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I’m looking forward to the hot cocoa made from real chocolate.

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I didn’t have much time to peruse last year, but you are bound to find something for everyone and be inspired by all the creations.

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There will also be a silent auction at various locations in the building.  A table in each gym and in the auditorium will offer donated items from the participating artists. Guests are welcomed to place a silent bid on any and as many items as they like by using the auction slip that will be attached to each item.

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Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to Snow City Arts, a non-profit in Chicago. Snow City Arts provides one-on-one instructions in the arts to patients at Rush Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. Snow City Arts augments the medical needs for hospitalized children by addressing a child’s developmental and educational needs through the arts.

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The first Bucktown Holiday ArtShow took place in 1999, at Holstein Park Fieldhouse, 2200 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647. This year marks the 17th consecutive year of providing art lovers and holiday shoppers with the opportunity to browse and shop for one-of-a-kind-gifts and original works of art. Download a free admission pass (Admission is $2/person at the door) at this link.

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Participating artists who use mediums from ceramics to photography, watercolors to oils, jewelry to textiles include: One Man Surf Party, Spice Heist, Chat Noir Designs, City Alive Art, Solola, Soap Distillery, Boards & Boxes, Deborah Campbell, Alice’s Cat, Dorn’s Design Jewelry Studio, Elizabeth Kline Designs.

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Eric The Red Creations, Eric Erf wood design, Bebuddha Jewelry, Gilberto Rey Rivera, Gina Urso & Gina Herzik, Still Waters Soapery, Atira Jewelry, Urban Edges, Jan Q Designs, Dorthy’s Daughters, Ideas by Jason, Ridley Studios.

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There will be: Jewelry by Jennifer, Railand Asphalt, Anidem Jewelry, Defining Moments, Creative Crochet by Jodi Mac, Pacheco Made, Designs by KEB, Rhinestone Crowgirls, Karen Schiff Ceramics, Kate Kiernan-Wulfka, Amber Vintage Chicago, Katie Moncton, Fiore Bowtique, Organica by Laura, Julia’s Designs, Esto Imports, Enfiniti Designs, Melanie Feerst Studio, Reuse First, Nancy Segal Designs, Pranamaker, Damen Art.

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Other booths include: Paul Snagel-Works, Quinn Burrell Art, Pretty Spooky Handmade, Ram Art Studio, Things spun, Bob’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate, Palette Earth Designs, Sandr’art Wood paintings & prints, Metal & Mayhem, Shayne Taylor-Shayne Art, Love Bird Designs, Artworks by Steve Connell, Nomadic Ant, Sylvia Moore, Mitzibell, Theresa Weber Photography, Palmetto Pewter, T-Time, Journey Dolls, Yoshiko Kozawa.

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Come out and get your gift shopping on!