Farmer’s Market artists return for holiday sale
When the Park City Farmers Market shut down for the winter season, it left a group of local artists and crafters without a venue to sell their products.
Diane Newland, a high school teacher who also sells jewelry and scarves, and Pam Gold, a kids’ accessories wholesaler who imports and sells stationery, teamed together to organize the Miner’s Hospital Art and Craft Boutique on Dec. 3 and 4. It will be the first of approximately six boutiques Newland and Gold hope to coordinate this year. Admission to the boutique is free and Gold said there will be between 20 and 30 vendors selling a combination of jewelry, knit goods, purses, Christmas decorations, soaps, bakery items, jams, candles, pottery, metal sculptures, silk scarves, stationery, furniture, picture frames, photographs and artwork. Newland said vendors will include local teachers, husband-and-wife teams and single mothers looking to sell their homemade and internationally imported goods. Prices for the boutique items will range from $1 to several hundred. "We tried to kind of have a little bit of everything," Gold said. Gold, owner of the children’s accessory wholesaler One World in Salt Lake City, also imports handmade journals, stationery and address books from Bali, Indonesia. She said there is not a wholesale market for the paper materials, so she sells them at small shows. "It’s a very small group of artists that we support over in Bali by buying this stationery," she said. Newland, a geography teacher at Highland High School in Salt Lake City who lives in Park City, buys stones, beads and fabrics during her yearly travels to Asia. She then sells her handmade jewelry and imported silk scarves out of her home-based business, Dferent. Newland’s jewelry includes beadwork and birthstone designs. "I enjoy teaching, but I also like doing this to be artistic and to be involved in other things," she said Newland buys scarves and fabrics from weaving co-op groups in Thailand and Laos. On a trip last summer to Northern India, she purchased pashminas and cutwork designed fabrics from a family in Kashmir and stones and beads in Jaipur. "I never buy from big companies, I try to buy from villagers or really small shops," she said. Alicia Gendorf, owner of Half Moon Candles, a business based out of her home in Salt Lake City, frequented the Park City Farmer’s Market this year. She said the Miner’s Hospital Art and Craft Boutique will provide another opportunity for her to sell her homemade candles in Park City. "I am just trying to get my candles out there so people can know about it," Gendorf said. Half Moon Candles carries 16- and 26-ounce candles in glass containers with over 48 regular fragrances. The winter holiday scents, available at the boutique, include ‘fresh cut pine,’ ‘white forest’: a mix of pine and vanilla and ‘enchanted forest’: a blend of pine and cinnamon. Newland said the only expense for the vendors participating in the boutique is a split of the cost for renting out the Miner’s Hospital. "When I first envisioned this I didn’t want to make any money off of it," Newland said. "We want to do it co-op so it’s less expensive for people to sell their products." Gold said the boutiques will be organized to coincide with holidays throughout the year. The Miner’s Hospital Art and Craft Boutique will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1354 Park Avenue.
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