Local artisans see 'incredible turnout' at Friday craft fair

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Nearly all of the 27 participating artisans are pictured Friday at the first Mt. Shasta Artisan Craft Fair at Summit. Pictured are Amelia Mallory, Dori Mondon-Freeman and daughter, Cynthia Colvin, Heather Stone, Dustin Steger, Ankeaux, Kari Lobdell, Shannon Griffin, Emily Limkeman, Amber Pearman, Eileen Renger, Elizabeth Anderson, Nancy Van Susteren, Sarah Kirby, Ilanna Greenfield, Corinna Chandler, Kendra Bainbridge, Janette Brown, Debra L. Lewis, Susie Robinson, Kate Yorke, Andrea Shanti, Lauri Sturdivant, Deborah Franzini, Clarann Bjers, Becca Larson, Cailin Henson. Not pictured: Katelyn Moran

Organizers said there was an “incredible turnout” at the first Mt. Shasta Artisan Fair on Friday, held at Summit on WA Barr Road.

“We were absolutely blown away by the estimated 400 to 500 members of the public who came out to shop and support our 27 local artisans in just five hours,” said Cailin Henson. “We were so encouraged by the community support of artisans in Siskiyou County and the vibe of the evening seemed to be joy on both the part of vendor and shopper.”

Focusing on upscale and original art, crafts and other handmade products – the Mt. Shasta Artisan Market showcased the wonderful talent and variety of local artisans and all that is handcrafted and created on a small scale in Siskiyou County.

The Mt. Shasta Artisan Market was founded in 2018 by Dori Mondon-Freeman to provide more affordable opportunities for area artisans to sell their wares. It began as a pop-up event at the former Lucille’s Tavolino, and a later pop-up at The Gallery in Mt. Shasta. But recently, Summit on 1030 WA Barr Rd in Mt. Shasta offered to host future events as a permanent series. Summit’s capacity allows the Mt. Shasta Artisan Market to feature more of the skilled artisans across the county and provide additional variety of handmade goods to shoppers during each event. In the past, the cost per booth was often prohibitive for some artists to join, but today, the space has been provided gratis – making the events free for the first time to both attendees and vendors.

Markets will take place Friday evenings from 4pm to 9 p.m. four times a year beginning with the Nov. 22 Holiday Market. The series will continue in 2020 with a Valentine’s Market on Feb. 7, followed by a Mother’s Day Market on May 8th and a Summer Bazaar on Aug. 7.