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Lynden Craft and Antique Show focuses on local talent

Mar 2nd, 2014 | Category: Crafts

by Lindsay Hilton

When Judy Meixner and Trudy Ferguson set out to create the first Lynden Craft & Antique Show, they probably had no idea it would grow into such a successful event. Twenty-eight years in, it continues to draw talented and renowned artists from all over the area and is attended by a few thousand shoppers and craft-lovers at each of its biannual events.

The Lavender House will have many of their spring items and decor available. COURTESY PHOTO

The Lavender House will have many of their spring items and decor available. COURTESY PHOTO

The driving force behind the event was to create a space for artists and vendors like Meixner and Ferguson to show their original, handcrafted and vintage works of art. At the time there were no such venues. The first event generated so much interest that, “People kept calling us and asking to join you so we fell into promoting it,” Meixner said. But she is quick to point out that they didn’t do it for the promotional nature. “We did it because we like the handcrafted and specialty markets.”

Everything on display at the fair is original, hand-created, or vintage. “You won’t find anything commercial here,” Meixner said. Everything is made with a sense of enthusiasm and personal touch. The artists are hand selected and Meixner and Ferguson strive to find the most unique vendors. “When people come, I think they are surprised to find there are so many good people in our area and we are always on the hunt for those people,” Meixner said.

Aside from their true love of crafts and hand made artwork, Meixner and Ferguson also enjoy having the opportunity to garner awareness and appreciation for crafting. “One of our goals is to inspire people. I think it’s rare to get that much talent in one place,” Meixner said.  She and Ferguson certainly don’t do it for the money. “It’s more about the purity of the nature of the person actually doing it themselves. These people are passionate about what they do and they are good at it.”

This year’s event will be no different. It will be held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds March 13-15 and feature musical entertainment and refreshments. Crafters and shoppers can expect to see a wide range of unique items available for sale, including restyled furniture, fudge, baby clothing, birdhouses, baskets, fabric kitchen accessories, jewelry, soaps, paintings, and much more. The artists will be on hand for shoppers who want to commission customized works.

Most of the artists hail from local regions, including Whatcom and Skagit, as well as other neighboring areas in the Northwest. Among the vendors participating are The Lavender House, Handmade La Conner, Curly Girl Boutique, Americus Antiques, and Home to Home. Meixner and Ferguson concentrate on bringing in local artists.

A purple bellflower (lower left) from “Mi Arte Del Jardin” Reappointed Art for Home and Garden. COURTESY PHOTO

A purple bellflower (lower left) from “Mi Arte Del Jardin” Reappointed Art for Home and Garden. COURTESY PHOTO

It takes a lot of drive and perseverance to keep an event of this magnitude going strong for so long but for Meixner and Ferguson, it doesn’t feel like work. The treasure hunting factor and the ability to share crafting with a wider audience inspires them. “It’s a creative outlet for both of us,” Meixner said. The partners work hard to make sure each event will include the kinds of artists and crafters that draw large groups and their strategy seems to be working.

“These people that do the show are really into what they’re doing,” Meixner said. “People aren’t going to see anything like it anywhere else.”

 

EVENT INFORMATION

The Lynden Craft and Antique Show will be held March 13-15 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front St. in Lynden. Admission is $5. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details, see lyndencraftantiqueshow.com, or follow their Facebook page.

 

Published in the March 2014 issue of Grow Northwest

 

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