Artisan Marketplace at flower show in Branford this weekend

2022-09-23 16:52:38 By : Mr. Kelvin Lee

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Shell ornaments with a nautical theme will be at the Marketplace

Bespoke stationery made using antique woodcuts and carvings.

Jewelry will be featured at the Marketplace.

The vendor Marketplace at the upcoming Branford Garden Club Flower Show, promises to be a vibrant artisan fair, to hear its organizer Anda Weyher tell it.

The Marketplace will fill the gymnasium at the Joe Trapasso Community House with color this weekend, featuring some two dozen vendors.

At The Marketplace, Weyher said, shoppers will see “many one-of-a-kind items to keep or gift. There’s something very special in finding a one-of-a-kind item, often most beloved and memorable.”

Among the distinctive items featured are flower-themed miniature stained glass villages; pillow covers made from exquisite textiles from Vietnam; decorative hand-painted oyster shells with local shore themes; and stationery with delicate botanical designs from antique woodcuts and engravings. 

Pottery, handmade jewelry from local artisans, wearable art in metal and fiber, floral pashmina scarves blooming with color and coastal home accessories from Branford boutiques add to the mix.

Weyher has enjoyed her search for unique vendors to fill the Marketplace. She spent weeks curating the show.

“When I travel just about anywhere I delight in finding artisanal offerings not available from Amazon or chain stores whose merchandise has no ties to local or regional tradespeople,” Weyher said. 

And the vendors reflect her personal style as well, she said. 

Weyher had worked in wholesale for a decade for Ralph Lauren womenswear and had also owned her own children’s clothing shop for 25 years in New Canaan where she showcased brands with a “classic point of view with a twist” and with the “best European and American vendors represented.” 

“The Marketplace will showcase a mix of bohemian, classic and nautical treasures with naturally, an emphasis on garden-related themes,” Weyher said.

• Fleurissant Newport, Newport, RI, Patricia Coleman with her custom ikat purses totes and accessories

• Sally Ann Endleman, Milford, handmade pottery and jewelry

• Heavens to Betsy! Betsy Goodenough, Ridgefield, unique stationery products

• Blue Point Designs, Sharon Rutledge, Milford, handcrafted oyster shells: ornaments and home décor

• JC Artglass, Jayne Crowley, Branford, stained and fused glass: Garden motifs

• Metalfiber, Mary Wolff, Cheshire, wearable art in both metal and fiber in the form of clothing and jewelry.

• Branford Cultural & Arts Alliance, Frank Carrano, Branford, decorative painted doors by local artists

• Terry Bogan, Branford, watercolor paintings and note cards

• Branford Garden Club, Donna Doyle, Branford, Branford Garden Club notecards

• Cynthia Prahovic, Branford, unique accessories 

• Michelle Hatch, Branford, multi-media collage art, hot/cold therapy wraps

• Pam’s Pashminas, Pam Kubbins, Wellesley, MA, Scarves inspired by nature

• Fleur DeLise Jewelry, Lois Delise, Branford, handmade unique jewelry designs inspired by natural elements 

• Gracious Gifts and Home, Elaine Johnson, Branford, CT, artisan-made gift shop items

• Seaside Home and Gifts, Heather Smiarowski, Branford, Stony Creek seaside gift boutique selections

• Trinkets to Treasures, Branford, handmade beaded jewelry, including kumihimo designs and wrap bracelets

• Lorraine Lapman, Branford, custom aprons

• Pat Ballaro, Branford, garden plates, wind chimes, jeweled floral images

• Julia Wyant, Art Connections, Branford, fine art photography: botanical images

• J Beads, Jonathan Hunt, Branford, small batch handcrafted bead bracelets 

• Neckers Farms, Ryan Griffith, Branford, Branford honey products

• Taleo Handmade, Sally Strasser, Branford, handwoven and natural indigo textiles

• Dawn Reis-Melillo, West Haven, handmade jewelry 

The event runs 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Joe Trapasso Community House.