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Artisan Fair in Medicine Hat attracting regional artists and will offer something different

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In the midst of a lot of craft fairs which are fast approaching during this Christmas season, Donna Insko, an artist from Irvine, is trying to bring together something a little different.


The Artisan Fair for those who create works from scratch will take place at the Medicine Hat Lodge from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 22.
It will be a good time to find a unique gift with free gift wrapping available (while supplies last).
As with what often happens in life, it only takes a little communication to generate an idea.
Insko says about three years ago while with her Born to Bead operation she met with Sherrie Finley of Bo’s Creations.
After slowly getting to know each other, not long ago, they struck up a conversation after having seen each other at different events.They thought they should someday try to organize their own event as they appreciated each other’s philosophies.
“A year ago we started chatting about where we would be setting up. We were looking for a full one-day event that was focused on the handmade item,” explains Insko. “Not able to come up with anything we starting chatting about creating an event. The Artisan Fair was born. We are so excited and proud of what we have accomplished. Neither of us have ever put together an event plus we barely knew how to use the computer.
“I myself had been collecting business cards from vendor tables that had impressed me. We had a good start in filling up the tables. Now we even have a vendor list started for 2016.”
Insko says there are 29 tables of pure craftsmanship.
She adds this is what sets this sale apart from other craft sales.
Describing it as a heart and soul effort put into each piece, Insko says the sale will include anything from rabbits given hair cuts and then using that fur to hand spin into homemade yarn, lamps made of deer antlers, custom made leather gun holsters and bridal collection items, there is a lot of uniqueness at this fair.
“We believe the public still loves a good old-fashioned handmade event —especially during the Christmas season,” says Insko. “For many vendors out there with a handmade product it is their love, their passion; it is not their job. The Artisan Fair is 100 per cent focused on the handmade product. There is such a joy felt for the artisan when someone admires their work and purchases it.”
There are no profits from hosting the Artisan Fair.  This event is all about the vendors’ tables and not making money for the organizers.
The Artisan Fair is offering free gift wrapping from 1-3 p.m., while supplies last. Each and every bow is handmade by the vendors as gratitude for purchasing the handmade gift.
Medicine Hat’s Stampede royalty including Queen Ali Mullin, Stampede Princess Makayla Chambers and their chaperone Kathy Webber will be volunteering to wrap presents.
There will also be a draw for $100 with entries garnered with every gift purchase.
The draw will be made at 4:50 p.m. and people must be present to win.
For more information about the event, contact Finley at 403-957-0911 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information about the Artisan Fair is also available on Facebook.

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