April 25-April 26, 2020 at Powell Gardens

Join us at Powell Gardens for a bazaar unlike any other you’ll find in Missouri. We’re bringing more than 80 (and counting) vendors out to this beautiful botanical garden along with reenactors, musicians, and lots of fantastic food.

The vendors at the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair create their wares here in the state, and are selected through an application process. This space is your guide to the vendors we’ll have on hand for the third annual Market Fair. Keep an eye out as we will update regularly.

Below are the 2019 exhibitors.

Want to bring your business to the Best of Missouri Life Festival? Learn more about the event here and register today.

Top photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Day Dreamin’ Metal Art

Day Dreamin’ Metal Art, created by Sherry Day, makes metal sculpture from mostly salvaged auto, farm, and architectural parts. Each piece has its own feel, in some the salvaged metal is easy to spot, and all would make an excellent addition to your collection.

Learn more about Day Dreamin’ Metal Art by visiting them on Facebook.

Berry Nutty Farms

Berry Nutty Farms create traditional jams and butters and make a point of buying their supplies locally and from U.S. businesses. They believe our grandmothers knew how to make a natural product with a robust flavor, and Berry Nutty Farm continues those traditions.

Learn more about Berry Nutty Farms by visiting them online.

Midwest Tea Festival

The Midwest Tea Festival will be offering free samples of teas that are blended and sold in Missouri, and they will be selling them as well. This will be a mainly informational booth about the annual Midwest Tea Festival in Kansas City.

Learn more about Midwest Tea by visiting them online.

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery

Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery is located just 40 minutes from downtown Kansas City. Their philosophy is that wine is an experience to be savored and shared. They will have wine to sample and purchase, as well as t-shirts, wine accessories, and books.

To learn more about Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery, visit their website.

Northern Prairie Alpacas

Deb Wellinghoff raises alpacas. With her sister she creates handwoven rugs using fiber harvested from their herd. Quality “Fresh From The Farm” handwoven rugs and scarves are their signature products, but they also feature 100% alpaca yarn created from the herd.

Learn more about Northern Prairie Alpacas by visiting their website.

Madge H. Gressley

Madge H. Gressley is an author of children’s, young adult, and adult books. She writes and illustrates as well as doing all of her book covers. All Madge’s books are 5 Star Readers’ Choice Award winners, and many of her books have won other awards, too.

Learn more about Madge’s work by visiting her website.

Thompson Farm Soups & More

Thompson Farms create hand-made soups and dip mixes in Saint Charles. They will be selling their selection of 19 different soups as well as 12 different dip mixes and accessories.

Learn more about Thompson Farm by visiting their website.

Cat’s Designs

Cathy Mertz creates custom made, one-of-a-kind jewelry and more. Cathy’s creations are made from vintage silverware, making each piece a unique creation that can’t be recreated. Cathy also does metal stamping.

Visit Cathy’s Facebook page to learn more.

Three Trees Workshop

As Three Trees Workshop, Nathan and Cynthia Epp make high quality handmade wooden games, toys, and household items. Their shop is in Warrensburg and they primarily use local Missouri hardwoods. They also use eco-friendly finishes.

Learn more about Three Trees by visiting them online.

Joe Rittman Woodworking

Joe Rittman finds great satisfaction in giving reclaimed Missouri woods a new purpose. Using the wood lathe and a variety of hand tools, he is able to create the cuts needed in order to preserve and produce a functional heirloom.

Learn more about Joe by visiting his website.

Fetchen Honey Farm

Fetchen Honey Farm will be selling honey in different size containers including honey bears, skeps, jugs and honey sticks, as well as handmade soaps, beeswax lip lubes, beeswax food wraps, native bee/insect houses.

You’ll be able to see Fetchen Honey Farm’s full selection of products at the Market Fair!

Maggie B’s Jewelry

Maggie B is a metalsmith who creates jewelry pieces from silver, copper, precious, semi-precious stones and even beach rock. As an artist, she’s inspired by nature and the beauty around her, and she recreates that beauty in many of her one-of-a-kind pieces.

Learn more by visiting her Etsy shop.

WKT Glass Art

Wanda K. Tyner’s kiln-formed glass artwork combines my passion for world adventures with creating useful, innovative, colorful, and sometimes whimsical kiln-formed glass art. The artwork she’ll display at the fair will focus on nature themes.

Learn more about Wanda by visiting her website.

Carol’s Corner Glass

Glass has been the passion of Carol Knox’s entire life and, finally, early in 2012 she decided it was “now or never” to turn that passion into an art form.  Her preference is for function, which is why she focuses her creativity on dishes and other usable pieces.

Learn more about Carol by visiting her website.

Kim Carr Photography

Kim Carr is a natural light, non-manipulated photographer. Her main focus is rural Missouri with an emphasis on farm animals. Her new body of work is numbered and limited editions.

Learn more about Kim’s work by visiting her website.

Tales From Missouri

Ross Malone write books about Missouri, including history and historically accurate adventure stories. Ross’s books are sold in the Missouri Life store and his research is used daily for our Missouri History Today feature.

Learn more about Ross by visiting his website.

Webster Fiber Arts

Annie Webster makes one-of-a-kind crocheted wearables, wall art, and accessories. Annie uses a variety of materials in her work, from commercially available yarns to my own hand-dyed fibers.

Learn more about Webster Fiber Arts by visiting them online.

Essential Bliss Products

Essential Bliss Products will be selling all natural skin care products made with only beneficial ingredients, including coconut oil and essential oils. Body creams, bath soaks, salt scrubs, hair treatments, lip balm, face masks, and more.

Find out more about Essential Bliss by visiting them on Facebook.

From My Basket

Candace Futch creates fun, whimsical hand-dyed silk wearable art including ponchos, wraps, kimonos, scarfs, and jewelry. Her designs are influenced by nature’s beauty, abstract art, and complex stained glass.

Find out more about Candace’s designs on her website.

Carole Behrer – Traditional Crafts

Carole Behrer creates theorems (19thc. Stenciling in white velvet) as well as producing artwork made from the discipline of Scherenschnitte (German paper cutting). Both styles of Carole’s art are available in handmade grained frames.

Learn more by visiting Carole on Facebook.

Roger Cissner

Roger Cissner is a photographer and a juried member of Best of Missouri Hands. He will be exhibiting cards, framed and matted images, and images on aluminum of landscape photography.

See some of Roger’s work by visiting his Best of Missouri Hands page.

Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill is Missouri’s oldest and most awarded winery.  Stone Hill’s yearly production is approximately 300,000 gallons of wine, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology.  Stone Hill’s winemaking team produces wines that are again receiving international acclaim.  Winning more than 4,000 awards since 1988, Stone Hill Winery has continuously ranked among the nation’s top award winners.

Stone Hill will be on hand at the Market Fair pouring their renowned selection of wines and educating visitors about their varietals and the winemaking process. To learn more about Stone Hill, visit their website.

Darla Zook

Darla Zook grew up in the wide-open spaces of western Oklahoma. While working with her Father on the family farm, music was a creative outlet for her family.  These experiences planted in her the passion to portray the beauty she sees around her through her music and art.

Learn more about Darla’s artwork by visiting her website.

Kevin Williamson Design

Kevin Williamson grew up in Brown County, Indiana surrounded by artists and natural beauty. He worked in the family furniture shop, drew and painted local landscapes, launched model rockets, and was intensely curious about absolutely everything. As a graphic designer and woodworker he is curious about how most everything is created. He loves computers, Photoshop, old hand tools, and the smell of freshly milled lumber.

Learn more about Kevin’s work by visiting his website.

Kirk Decker

Kirk Decker use film, digital, and infrared cameras to create photographs of landscapes and flowers. Kirk is planning to showcase his flower photographs in particular at the Best of Missouri Life Market Fair.

Learn more about Kirk’s photography by visiting his website.

Excelsior Springs Area Chamber of Commerce

The Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce will be showcasing the best of Excelsior Springs Missouri – highlighting their shopping, dining, wineries, accommodations, trolley tours, and more!

Learn more about Excelsior Springs by visiting their website.

Kris Tracy

Kris Tracy’s art is created with pastels and oils. She works in landscapes and still life compositions. Kris hopes her work will encourage people to take some time to look at the beautiful world that we have been given.

Learn more about Kris by visiting her Facebook page.

A & M Accessories

Marcia Mendez, better known as A & M accessories creates work that consists of purses, jackets, scarves, obi belts, and kimonos in various fibers surged with exposed edges for aesthetic appeal. Dyed fabrics add to the palette to convey fun and whimsy.

Learn more about A & M Accessories by visiting their Facebook page.

Jimmy Liu

Jimmy Liu is an award winning industrial designer and artist working in clay. The skill, technique and content of his ceramics have received local and national recognition. His work has been published in “500 Figures in Clay

Jimmy was born in Taiwan and graduated from the University of Chinese Culture in Taipei. He holds a Masters degree of Arts from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Kimono Designs

Kimono Designs makes authentic Japanese fabrics into elegant Asian inspired apparel.

Their one-of-a-kind accessories, neckties, vests, and jackets are hand-crafted using fascinating vintage Japanese textiles. Combining wearability and quality workmanship with fashion-forward style, they’re sure to put pizazz into your wardrobe or become treasured gifts.

Stone Hollow Studio

For 39 years, Stone Hollow Studio, LLC has been known for murals, illustrations, photography, and sculpture but is most recognized for original, hand-etched scrimshaw by artist Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky. In 2017, Mike was named one of the Top Traditional Artists in the country by Early American Life magazine for the 21st time.

Visit Stone Hollow’s website to learn more.

Never Bored Creations

Lisa Palmer from Never Bored Creations has a vision to share her love for creative crafting with you by making those creations available for purchase and by providing instructions and supplies to you so you can also enjoy creative crafting, AND never be bored!

Learn more by visiting her website.

The Bent Tree Gallery

The Bent Tree Gallery creates handcrafted rustic furniture and accents. All of the pieces they offer are created with an eye for detail. They are kiln dried and sealed with a premium finish. The Bent Tree Gallery has been creating since 1982.

Learn more by visiting The Bent Tree online.

Julie’s Clay and Canvas

Julie’s Clay and Canvas will feature a variety of hand built and hand painted large ceramic vessels that hold plants or are just decorative out of clay. Julie is a double Juried Best of Missouri Hands artist in both Clay and Painting.

Visit her on Facebook to learn more.

Snow Flake Glass

Peggy King is a fused glass artist creating both function pieces and wall art using dichroic and iridized glass, as well as studio made glass cane and murrine. Snow Flake Glass will bring a range of plates, bowls, dichroic, and iridized wall art items and a number of smaller items.

Visit her website to learn more.

Ozarklake Copper Garden Art

Bill Merritt has been making people smile for many years with his unique copper and glass creations. Bill, doing business as Ozarklake Copper Garden Art along with his wife Terrie, creates functional garden art in his studio near Camdenton, MO. His specialty is hummingbird feeders but all types of garden adornment come from his studio.

Visit www.ozarklake.net to learn more.

Ace of Spades Garden Art

Joyful copper faeries, mermaids, dancers, and floral goddesses designed and made by internationally recognized artist Alice Calhoun. Each year Alice designs new Flower Faeries. Alice’s faeries have been featured in many flower show gardens and continue to be exhibited every year in show gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Alice has also have written a children’s book called The Magic of Many: A Springtime Faerie Tale. Her artwork is inspired by dance, theater, gardens, and myth.

Visit www.CopperCurls.com to learn more.

ASL Pewter

ASL Pewter Foundry produces high-quality, lead-free pewter products that are not only functional, but are also works of art. Their studio and foundry are located in beautiful Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. ASL Pewter Foundry believes in tradition and craftsmanship. All of their product designs are either based on historic pewter pieces, or original creations.

Visit ASLPewter.com to learn more.

Warren Soper Woodcarving

Warren Soper has been a professional woodcarver since 1976 when he founded Warren Soper Woodcarving. The majority of Warren’s carvings are made out of Butternut wood or the bark off very large Cottonwood trees. Some of the carvings made out of butternut that will be displayed are in-the-round carvings with western themes and Christmas ornaments. Warren will also be selling whimsical fairy garden houses, faces, and Christmas ornaments made out of Cottonwood bark.

Visit Warren Soper Woodcarving on Facebook to learn more.

Dzignz On You

Lee Richards creates one of a kind jewelry with traditional metalsmithing and wire-wrapping techniques using precious metals and semi-precious stones, bone, and other found objects.

Visit  DzignzOnYou.com to learn more.

Brush Creek Valley Farms

Brush Creek Valley Farms has been running for eight generations in Cuba, MO. They offer free-range and pasture-raised chicken, pork, beef, and seasonal produce. They have turned their current farm into a sustainable operation and using natural farming practices like rotational grazing for green/healthy pastures.

Visit Brushcreekvalley.com to learn more.

J & S Turnings

J & S Turnings turns wood on the lathe to make pens, live-edge bowls, spinning tops, and beads. They use repurposed Missouri wood, deer antler, and exotic woods. They also segment wood to make bookmarks with hand turned beads.

Visit jsturnings.com to learn more.

Rose Monzyk Millinery an Brushworks

Rose Monzyk creates hand-blocked and hand-stitched millinery, employing techniques used 100 years ago. Fabrics used are sinamay, toyo, boucle, wool felt, and others. They are blocked on wooden hat blocks and lined when appropriate.

Visit rosemonzyk.com to learn more.

Killion Pottery

Tresa is a full time potter making pieces that she calls “functional pieces of art,” including anything from mugs to wall tiles and sinks. The pottery is made to be used. It is oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. All pieces are fired at mid-range, with a deep red clay, making it very rich looking with the color of glazes used on each piece.

To learn more visit them on Facebook.

Young Living Essential Oils

Amy Walquist represents Young Living Essential Oils and is also a wellness educator, author, and speaker. She has authored and published a book called Anyone Can DIY with Essential Oils.

Visit oilinspiredliving.com to learn more.

Bella Alpacas

Bella Alpacas specialize in fiber products made from their own alpacas. They will offer roving for spinning, yarns for knitting, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber arts, as well as ready-to-use hand-knit, crocheted and woven accessories.

Visit bellaalpacasllc.com to learn more.

Pat’s Weaving and Chair Caning

Pat Moore weaves handmade baskets from reed and ash as well as Nantucket Baskets from cane. Pat also canes chairs and weaves chair seats.

J. Rae Pottery

J. Rae Pottery creates handmade, functional, wheel-thrown pottery. Jennifer Farr has been making pottery for nearly a decade. All of her work is fired to cone 6 2300°, glaze in blues, reals, greens, and white, with a bit of yellow and purple added here and there. Jennifer is a Best of Missouri Hands juried member.