The Seventh Annual Red Geranium Artisan Market: A Market With a Mission
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The First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville will host their seventh annual Red Geranium Artisan Market on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 1207 Conner Street. The market features a variety of local, tristate and international artisans, food and live music in a festive, open-air environment.
Seven years ago the church’s mission team decided they wanted to create a fun outreach day for the community that would promote local artists, while generating income for their local, state and international mission projects. The first market was held in 2016 with around 20 excited and eager vendors. Each year the market has grown in size and variety.
Visitors will find 50 different artisan vendor booths located both inside and outside the historical church. The Red Geranium committee juries all the artisans and only selects unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade items to provide a variety of shopping. This includes fine art, antiques, furniture, boutique clothing, children’s clothing and accessories, photography, jewelry, wood, fiber, mosaic and glass crafts, pottery, garden art, repurposed and upcycled unique creations, and more.
This year the market has 35 returning vendors, including a few longtime artisan favorites like Anderson Ironworks & Woodcraft Design, Studio 510, DLC Designs, Gem.Geek and more. Along with the 50 artisan booths, the event will feature live local talent at the music stage throughout the day to entertain you, and several food options so you can snack while you shop. The market is family and pet friendly with no admission fees, and there will be plenty of free parking available at the City Hall parking lot on 10th Street.
Food will be provided by Stacco House by Mammamia and Samano’s, and there will also be a bake sale featuring goodies made with love from the women of First Presbyterian.
The market is different than most craft shows, and is branded as “A Market With a Mission.” Each of the artisans rent booth space for the day from First Presbyterian to help the church’s mission team raise money for local, state, national and international mission projects they sponsor. New this year will be a special international artisan booth, which will showcase handcrafted items like pysanky eggs made by Ukrainian artist Marina Shepeluk of Zhytomyr, Ukraine, and handmade bags crafted in Malawi, Africa. The proceeds from these items will go directly back to the artisans who made them. Several of the artisan vendors donate all their proceeds to local charitable organizations. Be sure to look for the heart-shaped signs indicating these special people who serve others through sales of their artwork.
Jim Miles is a local woodworker who makes a wide variety of items including jewelry boxes, sconces, trivets, serving trays and wineglass trays. “Many of my items are made with mixed woods – oak, walnut, maple and ash,” Miles says. “All of the proceeds from the sale of these items go to the La Senda school and orphanage in Guatemala. I donate my time and the cost of all materials. Every dollar taken in is sent to La Senda.”
“One hundred percent of my profits from sales of MoJoJudo’s handcrafted items are equally divided and then donated to the charities my husband and I support,” adds Judy McDowell. “The 2022 list of charities are Feeding America, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and Water Mission.”
First Presbyterian partners with Feeding Team food pantries (feedingteam.org), and will collect donations of nonperishable food items for the food pantry located in their parking lot.