Only once a year, the state’s highest-quality Artisans come together — at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace. Talk with artisans at the top of their craft, recognized by the state for their exceptional art and food. Taste their wines and foods, see what makes them the best, and take advantage of the opportunity to take home some of their outstanding work made in studios, workshops and kitchens here in the Hoosier State.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2018
Times: Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 8 from 10am to 5pm
Location: The Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Tickets: $10 at the door, 14 and younger admitted free
Participating Artisans: These 130 art, fine craft and food artisans will be on-site so you can meet them and talk about their work. Of this group, 24 will be creating their work so you can see how it is made.
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: Volunteers receive free parking, admission and a cool t-shirt for helping to make the experience incredible. Be a truly valuable part of our team and volunteer! We look forward to working with you at the Marketplace.
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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. This annual event is the 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 200 Artisans in 57 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.
For more information visit indianaartisan.org.