July 18-19, 2020 at Powell Gardens

Join us at Powell Gardens for a bazaar unlike any other you’ll find in Missouri. See the best craftsman, brewers, distillers, artisans, and winemakers Missouri has to offer at the second annual Best of Missouri Life Market Fair. Peruse more than fifty booths featuring clothing, decor, paintings, photography, sculpture, and more. Plus, enjoy live entertainment while marveling at the spring show of daffodils and other early-bloomers in the Gardens. Food trucks and tastings will also be available.

The artists and artisans 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 who we’ll have on hand for the third annual Market Fair. Keep an eye out as we will update regularly.

Below are the 2020 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

Joe Rittman Woodturning

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 Rittman Woodturning by visiting them online.

Ron Marr Wood Carving

Missouri Life columnist Ron Marr creates unique walking sticks, canes, carvings, and musical instruments. He cuts all of his own canes and sticks, and then whittles & wood burns them based on your personal design ideas and favorite quotations.

Learn more about Ron Marr by visiting his website.

Sevenwinds Flutes

Sevenwinds Flutes features hand crafted Native American style flutes created from a variety of soft and exotic hardwoods.

Learn more by visiting them online.

PyroLyn Originals

Original one-of-a-kind art created with dried gourds using multiple methods of design and media. Pyrography is present on almost every piece created. Additional elements of carving, filigree, and color are often part of the design. Added embellishments may include items such as metal, leather, clay, glass, wood, thread, and fabric.

Learn more about PyroLyn Originals by visiting them online.

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.

The DeForest Soap Co.

This family-owned and operated natural soap producer was founded on the idea that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it. Visit their booth for all natural liquid and bar soap.

Learn more about The DeForest Soap Co. by visiting their website.

Wire Diva

Wire Wrap pendants with precious and semi-precious stones, as well as chainmaille bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Some of these pieces also have stones set in them. They are created withFine Silver, Sterling Silver, Argentium Siver, and Gold Filled wire.

Learn more about Wire Diva by visiting the Facebook page.

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.

Modest Living Artist

The artist Hannah Hart will draw people as they sit for her at the booth. She will also have drawings and paintings of famous people so customers can notice the resemblance of the familiar actor/musician.

Learn more about Modest Living Artist by visiting the Facebook page.

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.

Learn more about Kevin 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!

Acclaim Press

Acclaim Press’ flagship line features collectible, hardbound, “coffee-table” books. Old-world craftsmanship, including smyth-sewn binding, insures that these books become treasured keepsakes that are passed down from generation to generation.

Learn more by visiting the website.

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.

Gypsy Gems

This maker features lampwork beads and jewelry of all different shapes and sizes.

You’ll be able to see Gypsy Gems’ full selection of products at the Market Fair!

Kim Carr Photography

Handmade greeting cards, prints, photography on wood and canvas. Prints and wall art are signed, numbered, and limited edition work with a subject matter of Heritage Breed Livestock and Poultry, many of which are in danger of extinction.

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.

Parsons’ Prairie Farm

Parsons’ Prairie Farm offers hand dyed natural yarns, raw natural colored fibers, hand dyed fibers, rovings, and craft felts all made from fiber animals on their farm. They also have soaps and dryer balls made right on the farm.

Learn more about them by visiting them online.

Stone Hollow Studio, LLC

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.

Wildfowl Creations

You can find sterling silver and semiprecious jewelry here. The artist incorporates a lot of turquoise, jasper, and agate which they cut and polish. They use special alloy metals in the castings along with bronze, brass, and sterling silver in the fabrications.

You’ll be able to see WildFowl Creations’ full selection of products at the Market Fair!

Carole Behrer

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.

Day Dreamin’ Metal Art

Here you’ll find eye-catching metal sculptures made from mostly salvaged auto, farm, and industrial parts.

See more metal sculptures by visiting their website.

Young Metal Designs

Jennifer Young is a a self taught metalsmith who creates hand fabricated jewelry in silver and copper. She enjoys incorporating fine sawing into her work and using natural stones. She is often inspired by nature and architecture. Her work is often described as urban, edgy, and unique.

Learn more about Young Metal Designs by visiting their Etsy website.

Kirk Decker

Kirk Decker use film, digital, and infrared cameras to create photographs of landscapes and flowers.

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

Abaskt4u

Absakt4u features double Wall rattan baskets with feather overlay.

You’ll be able to see the full selection of baskets at the Market Fair!

Buttons and Lace by Kaitlyn

Hand sewn items, such as reusable produce bags made from upcycled lace, beeswax wraps, beeswax snack bags, tote bags, gardening aprons, and linen bread bags will be featured.

See the full selection at the fair!

Martha Moore Images

Marthas Mission as a wildlife photographer is to raise awareness and enthusiasm for preserving our limited natural treasures.

Learn more by visiting her website.

Ellbee’s Garlic Seasonings

Since 1996, Ellbee’s has been making delicious American-made, MSG, and gluten-free moist garlic seasonings. There will be eight Fresh Garlic rubs, sauces, and brines featured.

Learn more about their products by visiting their website.

One of a Kind Designs

They will feature handcrafted handbags in a variety of six styles created with upholstery fabrics. Handles are reinforced for strength, and each bag contains two to three pockets and a magnetic snap.

Learn more about One of a Kind Designs by visiting their Etsy page.

Gary Hard – Wood Designs

After retiring in 2018, Gary began working with local woods and epoxy to make river tables, repurposed TV trays, charcuterie boards, trays, and more.

Learn more by visiting their Facebook page.

Circle B Ranch, LLC

This booth will feature delicious bloody mary mix, 3-Chutneys, homemade ketchup, chop and steak sauce, Marina’s Tomato Sauce, barbecue sauce and 3-NF bacon snack sticks.

Learn more by visiting their website.

Pat’s Weaving and 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.

See all of Pat’s handmade basket at the market fair!

Creativity By Julia

Julia creates custom-made jewelry and will feature crystals and rock, too.

Learn more by visiting the Facebook page.

After Math Enterprises

With over 35 years experience in academia, Dr. Larry Campbell retired from the mathematics education arena in 2012. He has since founded AfterMath Enterprises LLC, an umbrella organization for all the post-retirement activities in which he engages.

Learn more by visiting his website.

Schneider Farms

Schneider Farms offers snack sticks and summer sausage made from pork and beef raised on their family farm.

Visit them on Facebook to learn more.

Rose Monzyk Millinery and Brushworks

Rose Monzyk is a passionate artist with decades of experience as a seamstress, fine artist, and especially a hat-maker. She will feature handblocked and handstitched millinery using different fabrics and straws, handpainted silk scarves with some made into jackets, and hand dyed jackets.

Visit her website to learn more.

A & M Accessories

A & M Accessories include upcycled, recycled, deconstructed, and reconstructed clothing and accessories along with hand dyed scarves and kimonos.

Visit their Instagram to see more of their clothing.

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, which have been featured in many flower show gardens. Her artwork is inspired by dance, theater, gardens, and myth.

Visit www.CopperCurls.com to learn more.

K-K Designs

Their unique collection includes fine art gourds and hand-crafted sterling silver jewelry.

Visit KKDesignsFineArt.com to learn more.

MEG Originals

MEG Originals features books that Madge Gressley has written and illustrated and note cards made from her original artwork.

Visit her website to learn more.

Roger Cissner

Landscape photography in a variety of different presentation formats will be featured.

Visit his Facebook to learn more.

Warren Soper Woodcarving

These carvings are made out of Butternut wood or cottonwood bark. The more serious carvings are out of butternut and are in-the-round carvings with western themes and Christmas ornaments. There will also be whimsical fairy garden houses, faces, and Christmas ornaments carved in Cottonwood bark.

Visit their Facebook page 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.

Jiljewelry

Sara Peppard and her mom making handmade jewelry with gemstones and bocote wood beads that are aromatherapy. The gemstones come from Middle East and North America.

Visit their website 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.

Cool Cow Cheese

This farm in Owensville produces farmstead artisan cheese using milk from their grass-based Jersey cow herd. Their cheese took best in class at the Missouri State Fair this year. You can visit the farm and their Bed and Breakfast.

Visit their website to learn more.

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