Upper Arlington News

Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show slated May 11


The handmade creations of some 100 area artisans and crafters will be on display in Upper Arlington this month at the 2013 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art& Craft Show.

After starting shows in the Cleveland area to showcase that region's handmade arts and crafts, Becki Cooper founded the Columbus Avant-Garde Art & Craft show last year to provide forums for central Ohioans to display and sell their goods.

Cooper will host her second event in Upper Arlington May 11. The show in St. Agatha Catholic Church's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"I just felt like there's a lot of support in suburban areas," Cooper said of her decision to stage art and craft shows in Upper Arlington.

"When you're in a community like this, it feels like it's more local, and there are a lot of artists from this particular area," Cooper said.

She said nearly 100 people will sell goods ranging from stained-glass jewelry, purses and candles to kitchen utensils, organic foods and teas, and pet toys and foods at the show.

"It's literally everything you can think of, and it's all handmade," Cooper said. "When we had a show in Upper Arlington in February, we drew around 1,000 people."

Cooper is hoping for an equally large turnout this time around, particularly because the event will offer opportunities for last-minute Mother's Day shopping.

Show attendees can support local artists and crafters directly, Cooper said, by purchasing their items.

Additionally, proceeds from fees vendors pay to host tables at the show, plus a portion of event admission fees, will go to Charity Newsies, a Columbus-based nonprofit organization that provides clothing to children in need.

"I really want to create an identity for the show," said Cooper, who hopes to stage Columbus-area shows quarterly.

"I want to keep the money local and support local artists and entrepreneurs while also supporting a local charity," she said.

Admission to the 2013 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show is $3. Children 12 years old and younger can attend for free.