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Annual showcase of Indiana’s highest-quality art, fine craft, food, and drink highlights the exceptional work and Artisans coming from Indiana today.

(March 1, 2015) – From mosaics and marshmallows to watercolors and wines, the Indiana Artisan Marketplace features handmade work by more than 150 artisans recognized by the State as creating the highest-quality art, foods and wine coming from Indiana today.

The fifth annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace, Sat. and Sun., March 28 and 29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, features a record number of artisans from Indiana and Kentucky showcasing art and food selected as the best by Indiana Artisan and Kentucky Crafted food and art jury panels.  More than 130 Artisans, from 49 Indiana counties, will be joined by nearly 30 art and food artisans from the Kentucky Crafted and Kentucky Proud programs, both models for Indiana Artisan when the State launched it in 2008.

Indiana Artisans are named twice annually, and 32 Artisans in this year’s Marketplace are participating for the first time, adding a new and fresh dimension to the variety of art and foods presented.

Twenty Artisans will demonstrate the creation of their work – potters throwing, painters painting, weavers weaving, and some exciting looks at candy making will occur all weekend.  Four demonstrating artisans will be highlighted in the center of the Expo Hall.  Lafayette-based Mary Thomas Firestone will create her stoneware pottery; Gabriel Lehman, of Noblesville, whose work has been called an amalgamation of Dr. Seuss and Salvador Dali, will demonstrate his painting technique; Michell Mathis, of Crown Point, will be making her hand-stamped mixed metal and fiber jewelry; and Carousel Winery’s Sue and Marion Wilson will offer samples of their award-winning wines, along with food and wine pairing suggestions for Easter and upcoming holidays.

As always, food artisans will provide samples of syrups, jams, pies, pierogis, cheeses, granola, barbecue and salsa, cookies, noodles, candies and chocolates, and more – including wines from 14 Indiana wineries.  Indiana Wines is a sponsor of this year’s Marketplace.

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind art, fine craft and artisan food and wines directly from the Hoosiers who make it, to meet the artisans and to share their stories.  Visitors will meet and talk with artisans and watch them demonstrate.

In 2010, a Resolution of the Indiana Legislature tasked Indiana Artisan with identifying, recognizing and promoting the state’s highest-quality art and foods.  Its mission includes developing a brand that gives meaning and recognition to the highest-quality Indiana-made goods, now defined by the art and food of 296 Artisans in 63 Indiana counties.
WHAT:        Indiana Artisan Marketplace
WHEN:        Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                       Sunday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE:      Indiana State Fairgrounds, Expo Hall, Indianapolis
COST:          $10 admission – no charge for those ages 14 and younger
INFO:          Fifth-Annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace