Artisans’ Alley Welcomes New Vendors

This year, the 2018 Eclectic Festival and Arts Crawl, set to take place this Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m., will feature an expanded version of “Artisans’ Alley.” The curated marketplace located on Meridian Avenue between El Centro Avenue and Mission Street will offer a wide variety of handcrafted and vintage items for women, men and children.

This year’s line-up will include over 25 vendors, all showcasing a unique array of art, jewelry, home décor and more. Event goers can find the perfect gifts for moms, dads, graduates, and newlyweds, or discover great finds for themselves.

There are several new vendors this year. Scott Memmer, the owner of Charmed Life Guitar Picks, who will be at the event to showcase the store’s line of industry-endorsed guitar and mandolin picks, is one of the perfect new additions. Memmer is a musician whose company started from a personal need. “We came into the pick business as players first and business people second,” he said. 

Another new artisan, Serbian born Nevena Binney, will attract music fans as well with her striking hand-painted musical instruments and clothing. Binney, who has had fine art residencies all over Europe, plays with color and shapes to turn objects into surreal artworks. Using a different palette and set of materials, fiber artist Jo Braun of Hemisphere, finds her inspiration in nature. She has revived the traditional art of macramé and infuses it with a burst of modern personality, featuring small, hanging air plant holders to six foot wall hanging artworks that can be custom-ordered to fit any space and personal style.

Families attending the Eclectic would be well advised to stop and see Elisa Loeffren’s stuffed animals and clothing made of natural fabrics. Precious Few on Earth, a company created by Saundra Brungard, also features an animal theme on its LA-made tee shirts, and takes pride in being an eco-conscious company, using appliques made from recycled bottles and giving part of its profits to a wildlife conservation fund.

These are just a few of the vendors who will be at the Artisans’ Alley at the Eclectic Festival. So spend some time with the artists and makers before heading to your favorite music act or after grabbing something to eat. Other Artisans’ Alley vendors include:

•Bellagazoo – Mixed media jewelry, masks and hats

• Diana Corpus Jewelry – Handmade jewelry incorporating clay and vintage pieces

• Thunderbachs – Silkscreened canvases and prints

• Kiser Originals – Metal sculptures welded with recycled materials.

• Sonali Kolhatkar – Hand-painted wooden trays, jewelry, hats, scarves, and more.

• Polyfaction – 3D-printed jewelry of geometric-based designs inspired by the journey into parenting

• Clenn Designs – Original designs featured on prints, shirts, pins and stickers

• Rebecca Kelley Design – Photographs, pen and ink sketches, and greeting cards based on a passion for cars

• Juli Hoyman – Handcrafted jewelry

•Glassy Act – Fused glass jewelry, illuminated paintings, lamps and other pieces

•Paul Kikuchi – T-shirts and sweatshirts sporting the artist’s Underachieving Asian line

• One Dae Handmade – Original jewelry made with non-toxic resin, flowers and crushed stones

• Peru Pa Ti – Fine Peruvian goods including leather shoulder bags, Alpaca wool blankets and Pashminas

• Lisa Mystic – Collection of folk art pieces such as masks, beadwork, and vintage items

• Pat Quinn – Abstract nature photos

Cynthia Brando – Jewelry

• Jill Freeman and Debra Dobkin – Artworks and prints

• Goat Rodeo Soap – Handcrafted soaps made from a local goat farm

• Harry Nickelson – Oil paintings – portraits, urban landscapes, America Indian themes, and jewelry

• SOPA Artists – Paintings, mixed media and jewelry

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