Blue Island Retains Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Fair

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, craft fairs are coming back again in a significant way with Mai Fest 2022 Arts and Crafts Truthful.

This celebration will be held on Olde Western Avenue in Blue Island on Saturday, April 30, from 12 midday to 5:00 p.m. Eighty-8 artists and crafters are planning to take part as distributors. They will be established up indoors at the Blue Island Beer Company and outside in tents together Olde Western Avenue and on the patio of the Rock Island Public House.

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The function is co-sponsored by the Blue Island Arts Alliance (BIAA) and the Streetz Artz Alliance (SAA).

According to Joe Leamanczyk, head of the BIAA, the name “Mai Fair” was picked out to honor the German heritage of Blue Island, and the celebration represents the Town of Blue Island coming back again to life just after the COVID pandemic.

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The BIAA has many goals with the occasion, claimed Leamanczyk.

“We want persons to see there is a artistic group below, and we want to continue to keep creating and supporting that group. We hope to make this an yearly signature party. We also want to deliver consciousness to the enterprises in Blue Island. The Town of Blue Island has been wonderful to work with for Mai Fest,” mentioned Leamanczyk.

John Streetz is the head of the SAA and is the organizer and supervisor of the function. He is a crafter himself, building pop-art-themed merchandise from perler beads through his enterprise Bead Streetz. Streetz is also a lover of craft beers, and it was selling his items at functions in breweries that gave him the notion to kind the Streetz Artz Alliance and to tactic breweries to keep more of these occasions.

The SAA has grown to virtually three hundred customers, all hand crafters, and a lot of reveals are now held all through the calendar year in the Chicago region – there have been 4 in April on your own.

“The goal is to advocate for the artists and the breweries. It is really about hand crafters, and it is really about folks coming out and possessing a very good time,” mentioned Streetz.

For their section, the sellers are joyful that the in-person craft fairs are returning.

One vendor who feels this way is Dee Castro, who phone calls her business enterprise Boothy Chicago, and will give t-shirts and canvas luggage with handmade, exceptional layouts, and barrettes, bracelets and necklaces created from resin and acrylic at the Blue Island honest.

“Anyone is psyched about acquiring out and performing issues once again,” claimed Castro, “and what a great way to do it, celebrating art and neighborhood. Points are slowly coming back and it is excellent to see. It is an honor to be component of it, and I glimpse ahead to it.”

Many of these crafters and artists count at the very least in part on the profits from advertising their handiwork, and many saw a downturn throughout the pandemic. Though some had been able to count on Internet or shop sales, this was not a practical possibility for all people.

For Katherine Einhorn of Reflections with Kate, who produces 3-D artwork on canvas employing modeling pastes and paints, and also gives gemstone things, massive and modest handsewn fabric bags, and artwork made by way of pyrography, a burning procedure on wooden to make goods like earrings and plaques with sayings, the in-human being demonstrates are the best way to go.

“Advertising on the world wide web has not worked for me due to the fact people today have to have to see my operate in man or woman. It truly is three-dimensional. I am very tactile, and when folks stroll into my tent, I say, ‘Touch it, do the job with it, select it up.’ My stuff is intended to be managed, and I enjoy conversing to people today,” said Einhorn.

Also for Nicole Burns of NiBu Style and design, recognised for her luggage and other items designed from classic, repurposed fabrics, as perfectly as her “minimal critters.” At this clearly show, she will also be premiering her backyard garden-themed images.

“In-individual make contact with is really critical so people can actually practical experience your art and the details of your craftsmanship. Pictures on line are unable to seize this as well,” reported Burns, who pointed out that whilst a more substantial and broader viewers could be attained by providing on the net, shipping and delivery and other prices and concerns also have to be regarded as.

Susan Larsen of Susan Larsen Style and design has been selling her fine artwork jewelry for 20 several years at art exhibits. She operates in sterling silver and copper, and mixes in other components like gemstones, wood, and pearls.

To Larsen, who does not nonetheless market on the Internet, “There is very little like the in-human being displays, currently being able to speak to individuals, to talk about how you built the item and your influences. I have really skipped that and I’m eager to get out this summer months and participate in the demonstrates.”

A further reward for the sellers is that the interaction concerning the artists that goes on at the shows prospects to extra alternatives. This passes down to the shoppers in the sort of greater availability of and new objects from their favored crafters.

Wonderful Ortiz of Lovely’s Magickal Treasures, who will be exhibiting wire-wrapped jewellery employing crystals and stones, and intentional brooms and wreaths, that is, things with messages or intentions involved on them, realized about the Streetz Artz Alliance by means of another vendor.

“I’m tremendous excited to take part in this demonstrate. The networking is extremely significant. It assists you increase as an artist, as well as I get referrals from other distributors at the exhibit,” stated Ortiz.

Olde Western Avenue will be shut from Broadway to Canal Streets for the Mai Fest. There will never be any foodstuff trucks because readers are inspired to pay a visit to Blue Island’s food stuff and beverage institutions. Inclement climate could result in variations to the ideas.

Mai Fest is cost-free to the community, but a donation of $5 will be appreciated by the BIAA to support with other programming for the 12 months.

The pursuing is the checklist of distributors scheduled to be at the party. There is confident to be some thing to remember to everyone.


Adara Selene Creations

AngMir Hecho con Cariño

Aqueos Creations

Artwork by Devan

Aubrey’s Attic

AWE Sauce / Comics

Axial Creations

Bella attractiveness

Belonio Doodles



Canal Woodturning

Castillo & Co. Jewellery

Cats, Crafts & Cooking

Ceramics by Leo


Cositas de Clay

Decor Candles


Dive Bar Soap Company

Dk personalized woodwork

Dust Bunny Mafia

EncinoMane Publications


Fleeting Obsessions

FrankenWerks Studios

Galaxy Skincare

Gary Rate, Artist

Gigawatt Espresso Roasters

HeadCase Studio

Heidy’s Krafts

I tumble for you

Intuitive Visions

Jason Michael West artwork

John Tamulis Artwork

Jonathan Grimm Art

k sweet creations

KP’s Sweet Factory

Laura Lynne Art, LLC

LeonMechelle Artist Studios

Libra Mounting By Yoali

Very little Enjoy Affairs Boutique

Lovely’s Magickal Treasures

Luna’s Loops

Madame Soto

Mejor Sana Store

Moonlight BEEN


NiBu Style and design

OG Outfits LLC

Owl Bee Artistic Studio

Pastry Sue Sue

Penca De Nopal

Phoenix Mounting Art

Rabbit Gap of Exploration

Raven Feathers and Bat Wings

Rebel Ice Product Co.

Reflections with Kate

Reisha Rhapsodies

Rocco bee Collective


Ruta Spencer

Sage & Sunflowers Crystal Kitchen




Self Manufactured Physique & Soul

Sid Sauce

Sir Winslow’s Zoo

Smelly Melly Soaps and Candles, LLC

South Side Pod

Spliff Society

Stray Cats

Susan Larsen Design


Tarot by Ptah

Tasty Pickles

The Classics Pomade Co

The Smile On A Puppy, LLC

The Waxy Lab

This Pass up Bakes

Tiendita Recuerdos de Patzcuaro

Unique Creations by Rachel

Ursula Naturals

Vintage Stems

Vision Garments Co

Z’inked Exquisite Patterns

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