FIFTH ANNUAL INDIANA ARTISAN MARKETPLACE
Only once a year, the state’s highest-quality Artisans come together, and the Indiana Artisan Marketplace provides that opportunity. Talk with the state’s exceptional artisans, recognized by both art and food jury panels, taste their foods, wines and beer, see what makes them the best at their craft, and enjoy the opportunity to take home some of their work.
Dates: This weekend, March 28-29, 2015
Times: Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Tickets: $10 at the door, 14 and younger admitted free
Participating Artisans: The more than 160 art and food artisans at this fifth-annual event are listed here.
Parking: Four shuttles will run this continuous route all weekend. Park anywhere on the Fairgrounds, take the FREE shuttle to the Expo Hall (#22 on the shuttle map), enjoy your day at the Marketplace, leave your purchases at “Package Pick Up” just inside the Marketplace front door, shuttle back to your vehicle, and drive to the Expo Hall where a volunteer will bring your purchases to your car before you depart.
Volunteer: Receive free parking, free admission and a cool t-shirt for helping to make the experience incredible.
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Artists from the juried Kentucky Crafted program, and foodists from Kentucky Proud, join Indiana Artisans at this event each year, and you are invited at the 2013 ticket price.
The Marketplace is a once-a-year opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and foods directly from the artisans who make it. Here is a great example, of Indiana Artisan Megan Winn making one of her leather-covered journals. The event provides opportunity to meet the artisans and to share their stories. Come and watch artisans create work – potters throwing, painters painting, weavers weaving, and some exciting looks at candy making are just a glimpse of what’s in store.
The work of more than 250 artisans in nearly 60 Indiana counties has been juried and is part of the Indiana Artisan brand. An Indiana Artisan is a Hoosier recognized for careful attention to detail, knowledge of a craft and an entrepreneurial spirit. His or her talent contributes to Indiana’s reputation for quality work, and the Artisan brand includes glass, wood and leatherwork; oils, watercolors, acrylics, and colored pencil; wine, jewelry, weaving and fiber art, specialty cheeses, pottery, fudge, chocolates, popcorns, and more.