Every year around July 4th there is a little art fair that takes place in Oysterville, Washington. It is held in and around an old school house that has been there since 1907. Artists and artisans have their art work and crafts displayed for purchase. There is also a raffle for various items the local artists donate. The proceeds go to keeping the schoolhouse in good repair.
I enjoyed visiting this fair. There were about 30 booths of various types of work. Some of the work included: paintings, yard art, jewelry, baskets, stained glass, wood carvings, handmade soap, and crochet.
Some artists were demonstrating their skills of basket making with cranberry vines and spinning yarn. Plus there was a group of very good bakers that were selling their wonderful cookies, cakes, pies, and cinnamon rolls. Yum!
If you have a group that needs to raise money for a cause, an artisan fair might be a creative way to raise money. Not only is it helping the cause, but is also encouraging local artists and artisans in their creativity and pocketbook.
If an art fair is held near you, please go support the local artists. I can tell you from experience that it means a lot to have the public come out to see the art. Even better than seeing the work, is purchasing the work. It just validates the artists and makes them feel that there is someone out there that appreciates their work. The original art work at art fairs is usually very reasonably priced as well. I purchased several items that I will treasure and several others that will be gifts at the Oysterville Artisan Fair.