Artisan Market returns to Harper Woods Library

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published October 15, 2019

 The Harper Woods Artisan Market is a great stop for people looking to grab an early Christmas gift, such as handmade wreaths, pictured, or just a nice treat for one’s self.

The Harper Woods Artisan Market is a great stop for people looking to grab an early Christmas gift, such as handmade wreaths, pictured, or just a nice treat for one’s self.

Photo provided by Suzanne Kent

 A variety of goods, such as clothing, jewelry and pastries, will be for sale at the sixth annual Harper Woods Artisan Market. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Harper Woods Public Library.

A variety of goods, such as clothing, jewelry and pastries, will be for sale at the sixth annual Harper Woods Artisan Market. It will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Harper Woods Public Library.

Photo provided by Suzanne Kent

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library’s sixth annual Artisan Market is returning for another year with crafts and artistic pieces from some of the community’s most creative residents.

The event is organized by the Friends of the Harper Woods Library. Mary Kingston, the president of the Friends, said there is something for everyone at the Artisan Market.

“The Artisan Market consists of local artists from Harper Woods and the Grosse Pointes who make their own creations,” explained Kingston. “We have at least 20 artists this year, some returning and some new. It is a small show, but we have a lot of unusual things and it’s a great way to showcase the artists, their creations and the library.”

It will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Harper Woods Public Library, at 19601 Harper Ave.

Library administrators say they are happy to have the opportunity to host the artists and bring in so much of the community.

“This is our sixth, and it gets better each year,” remarked adult services librarian Suzanne Kent. “We sold out tables in August, so we have some great local people to show off here. We love to show them off and provide something new and fun, whether it’s for children or adults. It’s fun to see all that creativity.”

Kingston said that anyone could find something fun to look at or buy.

“There’s so much for people to see. We have some clothing that’s very beautiful, an individual is making purses out of men’s neckties, we have knitted goods, crocheted items, jewelry, pastries and all kinds of stuff,” she said. “One lady is even making a fabric stand to hold up books or e-readers. A new artist this year is making three-dimensional art. It’s a wide variety.”

Kingston added that visitors will be impressed with what they have to offer.

“We all know people who are crafty or make different things — decorations or jewelry or whatever — and this is a way to show off those sorts of creations. They are ordinary people who make great creations, often using household or recycled equipment,” she said. “It really shows what ordinary people are able to create right in your neighborhood. It’s a great way to pick up an early Christmas gift, or just a gift for yourself.”

Kingston said the space is fairly small, but the short time it took to fill it with artisans shows how popular the event has gotten and the level of talent that will be on display.

“It’s a small artisans market, we can only fit about 20 tables for artisans, and people can stop by and check out the library while they’re there,” she said. “It’s a great demonstration for Harper Woods. We have such a nice library in the city, and such talented people here as well. Maybe it will even spark creativity in someone too.”

In fact, she added that it was funny how nervous she and the other event organizers were when they began the Artisan Market six years ago, considering what a hit it has become.

“The first year we were so nervous it would be a success,” Kingston remarked. “By this year, we had people on a waiting list to take part and calling weeks ahead to see when it was happening.”

The organizers are expecting another successful year and hope even more people will stop by and see what creations the Harper Woods community has to offer.

“I am hopeful it will exceed last year’s event. As more people learn about it, the more people come and the more people come back,” said Kent. “It’s a credit to how creative people in Harper Woods are. It’s a good way to see the library and see what the library has to offer.”