Wilder Mansion Holiday Market Nov 3 & 4

This coming weekend I return to Elmhurst for the 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market. This lovely gift show takes place Friday, November 3 from 4 to 9 pm and Saturday, November 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.


A lot of the vendors look familiar, so get your shopping list ready for unique holiday gifts including ornaments, coasters, table linens, pillows, jewelry, pottery, scarves, hats, mittens, kid’s clothing, European photography, painting, holiday stationary, candles, soaps, Irish capes, and gourmet food holiday gifts.
 Doti Liquors will offer wine by the glass on Friday evening. There will also be a raffle.
Of course I will have my full line of holiday ornaments with me, along with my jewelry and possibly a few plant stakes.

The vendors for the 2017 Holiday Market include: Alouette Jewelry, TOK GRAPHICS, Susan Nester Glass, Lucy Blue Knits, The Goodfrog Candle Company, Acton Creative, Carla Bank Art, Jewels Botanica, Maike’s Marvels, Cork Art by Donna Zommer, made by Q, Redefined Map Design, CL Creates, Sue Rosengard Design, Denise  Riesen Photography, Brewpoint Coffee, Edward Jones Investments, Drury Lane Theatre, Smashing Jewels,
DogGone Good Martingale Collars, Jewelsies, O’Meara’s Irish House, Urban Art Chicago, Grayling Ceramics,
Laughing Frog Studio, Art Girl Pottery, Untamed Roots, 4 Girls Jewelry, Lo in London, Capistran, Lisa Williams Jewelry, Scarred for Life, Desmond Brown Design, Paper art by Don Widmer, East Grove Stamp Co, Pura Vida Home, Lucky Skype Graphics, Eclectic Redesigns, Mia’s Wish Inc., The Buttons Stop Here, Jewelry by Venus, Paka Monk, James McCarthur Cole Photography, Kilwins, The Kringle Company, The High Hopes for Pets Company, Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Barcacaochocolat, Spice Merchants of Downers Grove, bettyplum Handmade Confections, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Jewelry by Liam Hughes, Marigold Mary, Black Angel Designs, Weener Ware, Brim and Dash, Elegant Facets, Mixed-Media by Terri Gregory, Marie Miklaszewski, From Shirt 2/A Little Book, Bees Knees Paper Goods.

Wilder Mansion is located at 175 S. Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Admission is free. Presented by Brewpoint Coffee, the holiday market is sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District and Produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc. For further information visit rglmarketingforthearts.com

Girls Nite Out fun

Elmhurst is gorgeous in the Fall, and September 13 was a lovely day to visit.

After visiting the Art Museum, it was time to unload the car.

It had been a while since my last show so I was glad to have a checklist that a friend laminated for me during a crafty gathering.

Our room was set up for numerous vendors.

The stakes added a new dimension to my table, so I was glad to have the time to figure out my table configuration.

It was fun to debut the Halloween collection for the Fall season.

Soon other vendors were set up as well.

I took a quick stroll around the building.

I was conveniently located next to the Tannins booth.

Having the wine flowing nearby made for wonderful traffic flow.

There were numerous wellness vendors, fashion pop-ups, and home decor items.

I was given a refill of the lovely rose Tannins poured that evening.

We’ll have to look for this label on the north shore.

A few of my pieces fluttered away.

The evening flew by, and it was lovely to chat with vendors and visitors.

Thank you to RGL Marketing for the Arts for putting this on!

I’ll be back at the Mansion for the 7th Annual Wilder Mansion Holiday Market November 3 and 4.

We might swing from the chandeliers!

 

Elmhurst Art Museum

Last week I visited the Elmhurst Art Museum, which has two lovely exhibits up.

The cartoon-like works of the Forced Field exhibit by Hebru Brantley seem cheerful at first, but have an underlying message that is more serious. Hebru’s Flyboy is a recurrent theme, based on the Tuskegee Airmen from World War II.

The collection is a vibrant array of 2-d and 3-d art, and the power of repetition is clearly illustrated in both his painted and sculptural works. His Lil Mama character is also featured in the exhibit.

In the exhibit notes, the works showcased at the Museum also allude to the way communities keep each other in check, not wanting a person to break out of the mold. It is interesting to consider that we want our younger generations to excel, yet if they get too adventurous those around them will over-protect and try to reel them back in.

The title “Forced Field” is a reference to South Siders not letting anyone go past a certain point of their neighborhood out of fear and/or ignorance.

The titles add a sinister dimension to the vibrant paintings on display. Some were over my head, but others indicated the state of the nation very clearly.

Not being American I am learning a lot about the history of race relations, yet I suspect that many viewers will be introduced to new ideas through Hebru’s art.

There is a graffiti wall by Hebru in the museum where people can add art and take selfies as Flyboy. I like the accessibility of the art work, even with the subtle messaging behind it. Forced Fields is up through November 26, and is definitely worth a visit.

I also perused Wesley R. Baker’s American Images exhibit, which closes September 22. This striking art work also addresses various political subjects, with artist statements going in depth about the meaning of each piece. Wesley’s love of motorcycles is evident in one half of the room, and I enjoyed his depiction of the freedom he and fellow riders experience while taking road trips.

The painter also illustrates his awareness of historic and political events. One sculpture serves as a stark reminder of slavery’s shackles. 

I learned about Ira Hayes through another sculpture.

His native American themed paintings evoke both the beauty and the struggle of indigenous tribes in America.

I didn’t realize that the museum also owns the McCormick House. Built by Mies van der Rohe, the building is undergoing renovation to its original state after being relocated to the Elmhurst Museum site in 1992. The house was originally built in 1952 for Robert Hall McCormick, Jr. and his wife.

Mies designed the minimalist house as a prototype for a proposed group of smaller, affordable middle-class homes in nearby Melrose Park. Unfortunately,glass, steel and brick on a concrete slab design proved unpopular and the project did not take off. The house has a framework of peripheral columns and ceiling beams, which allowed for an open and adaptable interior with movable wall partitions, now configured as storage spaces.

There are also some large scale sculptures on the museum grounds to interact with. It was a lovely outing prior to the Girls Nite Out event.

Elmhurst Day Out

Like last year, the Holiday Fair in Elmhurst was a blast. This year, I made a weekend trip out of it and started at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.

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This museum houses the collection of Joseph Lizzadro, who enjoyed cutting and polishing jade as a hobby, and began collecting beautiful artifacts.

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Because rough jade was not available, Joseph obtained many statues, that were sometimes re-purposed into jewelry he made.

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The entry-level floor is filled with beautiful statues and charming dioramas created entirely out of gemstones.

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The desert diorama was my favorite.

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The Castle Lizzadro is gorgeous, though its in memoriam footnote leaves a sense of sadness and mystery.

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I learned about commesso in pietre dure, which is painting with slivers of stone. There are numerous explanations throughout the museum.

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On the lower level, the displays delve into the mechanics of how stone is carved.

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It also taught me about Hunsrück Slate and what types of stones form in which layer of sediment.

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I envy the opal collection.

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I also spotted a lovely butterfly.

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Soon I had absorbed all I could and it was time to head back out into the sunshine.

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Fall was at its glorious peak.

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I had noted the You Are Beautiful signs at the Art Museum and decided to take a closer look.

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The sculptures were uplifting.

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I still had a little bit of time left so I explored the Conservatory of Wilder Park, a lovely greenhouse.

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Wilder Park is truly beautiful.

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Then it was time to unload the car and start setting up at the Wilder Mansion, which was basking in gorgeous sunlight.

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I found my spot and then moved the car.

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The three-tree setup took some planning.

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Soon I had everything the way I wanted it.

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I spun around to meet other vendors.

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Laurie Messerol is so recognizable.

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Between 4 and 9 pm numerous visitor milled about.

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Libations were flowing, and I got to sip on Prosecco.

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My frosties and angels were popular that day.

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Those who capitalized on the Cubs’ win sold out their blue, red and white wares.

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When the doors closed we wrapped our booths for their slumber party.

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The fountain was lovely at night.

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I took stock of my purchases.

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The next day we opened from 10 am to 5 pm, and more visitors milled about.

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This new vendor has lovely whimsy for sewers and knitters.

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Again, angels and frosties were adopted, and I am thrilled Elmhurst Angel stayed in Elmhurst.

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I think the trees help.

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Jewelry also found new owners.

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This is a great show for vendors to get their start in, and I enjoyed the lovely work by made by Q.

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I also met a lovely new pint-sized admirer who ordered a custom bangle.

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Dragonflies are fluttering in new homes too.

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It was a lovely weekend, and we all enjoyed our time in a beautiful setting.

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Then I packed up what remained to be divided among boutiques and upcoming shows.

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Soon the mansion was cleared, and ready for its next event. RGL Marketing for the Arts will put on an outdoor Spring Show in May.

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I buckled up my ornaments and drove home.

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Then I headed to Ayla’s to source beads for another custom bangle, which I will send off this week.

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If you want to commission a piece, contact me now since the holiday crunch is real.

Ladies Night Out in Elmhurst

Returning to the Wilder Mansion is always a joy.

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It was a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon, and I got the same table as the Holiday Market last year.

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Soon I was set up.

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The ample set up time meant I got to peruse the other booths in mid-dress after a delicious lunch.

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This undressed booth is a piece of art without the gorgeous Jewels Botanica it later displayed.

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Roz Long of RGL Marketing for the Arts does a fantastic job curating a wide variety of jewelers into the show.

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I was inspired by their skills.

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There was even time for a vendor to snap a photo of me.

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Fashion was also well-represented, with hats, convertible skirts, scarves and a variety of other accessories.

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These pompoms match my hair!

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Other rooms had mini-manicures, massages, sweet samplings and wine.

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Ladies soon started walking through the doors, perusing all the wares.

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I’m thrilled one of my puzzle pieces walked away, as did a sculptural pendant.

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Some ladies dressed to the nines.

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Since Tannins was conveniently located next door, I got to sample their lovely red.

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I sold a ladybug (hooray!), and got shoppers thinking about commissioned ornaments.

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Angel and I look forward to returning here in November for the Wilder Mansion Holiday market.

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The Holiday Market is Friday, November 4th from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday, November 5th from 10am -to 4pm.

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Girls Nite Out on Wednesday!

I am excited to return to the Wilder Mansion on Wednesday. RGL Marketing for the Arts is hosting Girls Nite Out on September 14 from 4 pm to 9 pm. The Wilder Mansion will be open with 50 vendors including artisans, pampering services, wellness experts, and gourmet food vendors. 

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Tannins Wine will be pouring samples and selling wine. Scottie Long will be playing acoustic music, and mini-massages will be available. It’ll be a fun night of inspiration and celebration. The 3rd Annual Girls Nite Out is produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc., presented by Brewpoint Coffee and sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District. The Wilder Mansion is located at 211 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst, IL 60126. Admission is $10.

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This historic mansion is lovely to wander around in, and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is nearby, which is on my list of places to visit. 

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Artisans represented include:

  • Jewels Botanica
  • Rodan + Fields
  • Jewelsies
  • Mazzenga Images
  • Art Gecko
  • Alice Padrul Bridal Couture
  • Loveknitz
  • Maike’s Marvels

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  • Tannins
  • Caricatures by Bruce
  • Brim and Dash Couture
  • Venus Med Spa
  • B Line Décor
  • Joshe Style
  • Ehan Allen
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • Elegant Facets
  • 4 Girls Jewelry
  • Linda Hicks

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  • Healing Happens
  • Parent Coaching
  • Couch Clarity
  • Fly 2 Buy
  • Spor Perfume
  • Blossom Wellness Centre
  • Merle Norman
  • Barbara Dermody Jewelry
  • Eunice

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  • Younique
  • Angel Wear Designs
  • Beauty Counter
  • Jewelry
  • Art by Bala
  • Pure Haven Essentials
  • Maria’s Wish
  • LuLa Roe
  • Illinois Spinal Care
  • Yelp
  • doTERRA
  • Dan Wangler Designs
  • Angel Fancy Design Studio

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  • European Wax Center
  • Bilancia Salon
  • Mainstream Boutique
  • GrownUp KidStuff
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Betty Plum Confections
  • Wicked White Popcorn
  • The Juice Plus Co

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  • Kilwins
  • Cookies for Kids Cancer
  • Soap-a-Cabana
  • Lights and Health
  • Alissa Marie
  • InteriorWerx
  • Blue Violet Candles

I hope to see a few familiar faces, and look forward to browsing all the beautiful art work, fashion and gift items others have to offer. It looks like a fun blend of fun and health-ful-ness.

Elmhurst Holiday Market this weekend

On Friday I’m taking an excursion to Elmhurst for the 5th Annual Holiday Market at the Wilder Mansion.  Presented by Edward Jones Investments, the holiday market includes 60 artisans who have created one of a kind art and seasonal gifts including jewelry, ceramics, glass, scarves, hats, mittens, fashion knits, kid’s clothing,  handbags, photography, painting,  paper items, bow ties, candles, soaps, Irish capes, and gourmet food holiday gifts.

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The fun begins Friday, November 6 from 4 to 9 pm and we continue Saturday, November 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. On Friday evening Café Amano will offer wine by the glass for sale. You can also enter a raffle and receive retail coupons. Sponsored by the Elmhurst Park District and produced by RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc., this event has no admission fee.

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The Wilder Mansion and Wilder Park was acquired by the Park District in 1921. Seth Wadhams built a home called “White Birch” in 1868 on the site. It became home to the prominent King and Wilder families until 1921.

The mansion housed Elmhurst Library in 1922. In 1936 the exterior of the building was changed with new pillars and a south wing. The library moved out in the mid 1990s, making the Wilder Mansion a historical landmark that provides an ADA compliant multi-use space for the Park District and community.

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Vendors include: Amy’s Cranberry Candy, Big Fat’s Hot Sauce, Brewpoint Coffee, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, Drury Lane Theatre, Edward Jones Investments, Grown Up Kid Stuff, High Hopes, Kilwins, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O’Meara’s Irish House, Ten Friends, Toffee Traditions and Whole Foods.

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You will see a wide variety of art forms in the various rooms, including candles by Loralee Ivkovic; and ceramics by: Linda Wagner, Yoshiko Kozawa, Jennifer Meeker, and Amy B. Millspaugh; Fiber arts by Susie Cassel, Wendy Partain, Chris Acton, Peter Gaona, Char terBeest Kudla, Debra Vaccaro, Kelly Desmond, Barbara Keisman, Elizabeth Garver, Kathleen Gaffey, and Sally Papedis.

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Nancy Morris and Kimberly Polka will offer their glass creations and Jaimie Cahill will offer metal arts. Jewelers include: Jamie McClellen, Carolyn Chou, Tetyana Fedorko, Daniel Schemel, Julie Matos, Lisa Williams, Karen Gill, Seth Carlson, Charlotte Muzik, Danielle A. Stotts, Claudia Crawford, Liam Hughes, Laura McDonald, Gayle Weiss, Susan Nester. Gail and Dale Horn as well as Denise Riesen will showcase their photography.

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In the mixed media category, you will find: Isabelle Belles, Kate Wharton, Joelle McNamara, Maria Jucius, Stephanie Raab, Kathryn Alcock, Donna Zommer, and Megan Manske. Paper arts are represented by Taryn Palumbo, Chhaya Shrader, and Janet Spiech, with Retta Hentschel showcasing her stained glass creations.

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I love the sneak peeks on Facebook and look forward to perusing the market and hopefully shopping a little bit myself.