Holiday Gift Market - Week 2
Week #2 of Harlequin’s Holiday Gift Market
Open from 10am to 5pm
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until Christmas
We had a beautiful Holiday Open House weekend, and a great response to the opening of our Holiday Gift Market. Your support means so much to us and to the local artisans whose exceptional work we are featuring in our market. We enjoyed visiting with our gardening friends and customers who came out to shop, visit, and enjoy the beautiful live music and home-made refreshments. By the way, we are carrying CD recordings by several of the musicians who played for our Open House.
Several products sold out very quickly, but have no fear - we have deliveries and shipments on the way to restock them.
Please join us for several ‘Meet the Artisan’ opportunities this weekend and beyond:
Friday, December 6th , from 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Meet the Rock Hounds, Fred Hall and Kelly Manley, to explore the fascinating natural history of Petrified Wood and examine their intricate beauty.
Saturday, December 7th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Balsamic Nectar sampling with Ben Powell – Taste this unique gourmet treat and discover the many ways it can elevate a dish from ordinary to exceptional.
Saturday, December 7th, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm
Book-Signing with Kayann Short, author of ‘A Bushel’s Worth: an Ecobiography’
See the description and details about A Bushel’s Worth below.
Sunday, December 8th, from 12 noon to 2 pm,
& Sat. Dec. 21, 10:30-4
Meet Sheron Buchele Rowland of Fox Ryde. In her Loveland studio, herbalist and artist Sheron creates a wide range of natural products and crafts. We carry her line of fine herbal body-care products, beautiful silk scarves and knitted accessories dyed by hand with natural dyes derived from the plants she grows in her garden, and striking lapel-pins made from recycled copper.
Sunday December 15th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Book-Signing with Mark Andreas, author of ‘Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree’
See the description and details about the book below.
In our last newsletter, we were not able to present 100% of our artisans and their work, so we would like to tell you a bit about the ones we left out. And we also have some new artisans and writers bringing in their work this week:
Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree, by local author Mark Andreas
Mark Andreas, a Life-Coach in Boulder, collected these 61 true stories of creative and compassionate ways out of conflict. Each story is unique in the resourceful and often surprising solutions that real people have found to change a fearful or threatening encounter into a humanizing connection. Not moralistic, and genuinely eye-opening, heart-opening and inspiring. It makes a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again. Sweet Fruit from the Bitter Tree is strongly endorsed by Dan Millman (author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior), William Ury (author of Getting to Yes), and Eve & Mikl Brawner. Meet the author and have him sign your copies of the book on Sunday, December 15th between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Whimsy in Clay from Ann Kistner
Delightfully whimsical and lovable animals and figures in clay from artist Ann Kistner of Lafayette, CO. Ann is a studio-mate of Eve’s in the Longmont Clay Collective at Katy Diver’s inspiring studio. She has a special gift for capturing the gesture and character of her subjects.
Botanical Necklaces from Winter Garden Studios
In her Denver studio, Adrienne deLoe fashions these lovely pendants, each one a celebration of the flowers and foliage from her garden, some vivid, some subtle and demure, all very attractive and affordable.
Needle-Felted Creatures from Paula Slick
Paula Slick is an artist talented in many mediums. She lives in Louisville, where she is a graphic designer and a designer of seasonal events. Most of all, she loves gardening and all things natural. These days she is working in fiber, creating needle felted creatures from natural wool fiber. The little birds and other creatures are perfect for the windowsill, the Christmas tree, next to an arrangement of flowers or to place in the hand of a friend. They are non toxic but not intended for very young children. Each one is very one-of-a-kind so people love to hold one after another to see which speaks to them. Made by hand for your hands.
Wall Niches, Figures & Planters from Mary Lynn Schumacher
Boulder clay artist Mary Lynn Schumacher makes almost mythical forms and figures that evoke stories, full of mystery and delight, intrigue and imagination. For the past 25 years, she has made functional pieces and sculptural objects in clay, combining patterns and forms of the natural world with influences of art and architecture from around the world and throughout time.
“I am interested in capturing a moment, a story, a poem, in following a vision into the heart, occasionally finding the universal and touching something timeless.”
We have some of Mary Lynn’s wall niches, which can be used in the home or garden as small personal shrines, a place to perch a votive candle, a flower or other ‘offering’, and other wall-mounted ornaments, as well as unique planters and holiday tree ornaments.
Ceramic Ikebana Pods and Garden Pods from Willi Eggerman
A fusion of whimsy, gesture, pattern, texture and patina characterizes Willi Eggerman’s works in clay, which she conceives as functional sculpture - useful pieces with enough presence to stand alone as objects of aesthetic interest for contemplation. To make her organic, botanically inspired porcelain pieces, she employs a wide variety of techniques.
“The seed pod has special appeal to me as a symbol of women, and specifically motherhood. I view seed pods as small sculptures, performance art even, as they form, swell, open, and eventually disintegrate. They are beautiful, strong, and very practical in getting their job accomplished. The female form appears in my work, stemming from an admiration of these qualities.”
A long-time member of the Boulder Potter’s Guild, Willi’s work is admired and acclaimed throughout the region. We are offering some of Willi’s Ikebana ‘pods’, perfect for small, informal floral specimens or mini-bouquets, and her fanciful pods that can mount on garden stakes or hang on the wall.
Wood-Block Printed Tea-Towels, Calendars & Cards
Boulder is fortunate that Theresa Haberkorn, woodcut printmaker, has made Boulder her home for two decades. Her masterful woodcut prints are found in exhibits and collections nation-wide, and she teaches her artform as well. Theresa brings her art to household items as well, hand-crafting a collection of beautiful block-printed cotton tea towels, a charming wall calendar, and greeting cards.
‘Tis the season for parties and soirees. Be prepared with some unique, locally made treats to serve, and as hostess gifts and exceptional pot-luck offerings. May we suggest:
Lemon Heaven Gluten-free Cupcakes with lemon curd filling and lemon coconut cream icing, from Boulder’s Culinary Jules. Made from scratch with delicious real ingredients. They come frozen, 4 per special cupcake box, and can stay frozen until needed.
Purely Decadent Chocolate Truffles from Culinary Jules. Hand-made from scratch with the finest real ingredients, incredibly rich and delicious, yet SUGAR-FREE – they are sweetened with natural extract of Stevia leaf, which has a zero glycemic index rating. Three flavors (Orange, Hazelnut and Peppermint) are packaged 6 per gift-bag (2 of each flavor).
Balsamic Nectar from Boulder Flavors – not your everyday Balsamic vinegar! Rich, sweet and thick, a remarkably versatile ‘secret ingredient’ to provide a finishing touch that makes almost any dish exceptional.
Ritual Chocolate – Hand-made small-batch artisan chocolate made in Denver. One of the very finest chocolate we have ever tasted (and we are chocolate aficionados). These single-source chocolates have exceptionally rich and complex flavors, worthy of savoring like fine wine. Madagascar, Belize, Costa Rica, and brand-new Nibs bars.
Eve’s Pecan Shortbread – gluten-free, grain-free, hand-made with simple organic, natural ingredients – nuts, nut flour, maple syrup, butter. And love. Rich and delicious, and not too sweet.
We look forward to seeing you at our Holiday Gift Market on one of our weekends (Friday through Sunday). In the meantime, stay warm and open-hearted.
All the best,
Eve & Mikl Brawner and the staff at Harlequin’s Gardens