Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Preview!

Meet Lisa Madden...

I live in North Ridgeville and have for the past 15 years.  Before that in N. Olmsted and Mayfield Village.  I graduated from Notre Dame College with a BA in Graphic Communication.  While at Notre Dame, I took Ceramics One and Two.  Did so well, the school created a third, more advanced, class, and I was the only student!  Won first place in their annual art show one year for a painting I did, and another year won a special award for a clay dinnerware set I designed.

Eventually got a job with NASA as the Macintosh Engineer (not even close to anything in art), and worked for 20 years both at Glenn Research Center here in OH, and also Goddard Space Flight Center in MD.  Retired in 2018 and moved back to OH.

I have a studio for my pottery in my home and an electric kiln in the garage. I have two adult children, a son in Mayfield Hts., and a daughter in Sommerville, ME.  NO pets at this time. Overall have been playing in clay for about 35 years.  I do all hand building as my arthritis is so bad cannot stay bent over a wheel for very long.  Besides, I still like to paint, so do a lot of painting on my pots, especially plates and tiles.

Before moving to MD, I did participate in several Avant-Garde shows, maybe 3-4.  But this one in Avon is first since moving back to OH.  I am currently represented at Bay Arts Center in Bay Village, and Burning River Boutique in Vermilion.  I also do the Bay Village/Westlake Rotary Art show every July.  AND go back to MD, where I am in the Montgomery Potters group (I do their monthly newsletter) and we hold “pottery tours” where we set up outside someone’s home.

What inspires me.. I love color, and creating pots with vibrant colors that can still be used for more than decoration, gets me going!!

How I discovered my talent.. In the college classes, it was evident early on I had an eye for color and shape, and loved the pliable clay.  I’ve since taken classes in MD, doing outside firing, called raku, mask making, and other fun endeavors.  I took a class sponsored by Amaco years ago, and what I made, the teacher wanted to keep to take on the road to inspire others.  That made me feel really good!!!

My creative process... I have to be in the mood, and have the time to put into making pieces so they turn out as I envisioned.  I do a lot of the drawings ahead of time, then transfer them to the clay.  This way if I need to change something it is much easier than once the design is already on the pot.  I also like using items from nature and make a lot of dishes from leaves, or use tree branches for handles, etc.

My five year goal.. I would love to be in more galleries.  I have had two commissions from a Federal Agency in Wash., DC, and commissions from out of state friends, plus one of my large masks is now hanging in the house of the daughter of a TV producer!

Meet Dave Simon from from Dave Writes and Draws...  
I'm an ad agency creative director by day, illustrator and writer by night (and weekends). 

I started selling artwork in high school, so I guess I've been putting pen and pencil, and now Apple Pencil, to paper/screen for about 45 years. This is my second Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show.
What inspires me to create.. I get inspired by lots of things, from animals and nature to books and movies. I've been drawing since I was a little kid. When I realized you could make a living doing it, that was just a bonus.

How I discovered my talent.. From an early age, I could draw just a little better than my classmates. 
My creative process.. I don't usually sit down to work unless I have an idea that's begging to be realized. 

You can learn more about me and my work ad I also have a redbubble shop with artwork mostly inspired by iconic books, authors, and movies at And a few samples of my work are attached.

Meet Phil Haller from Blue Heron Ceramics...
I am a part time potter trying to juggle working full time and pursuing my pottery passion.

I started this adventure with my daughter (pictured) in 2016.  We had taken a random pottery class together and I haven't stopped yet.  Covid put the brakes on her taking classes, but someday soon I hope she will join me again.
This will be my first Avant-Garde show.
The idea of taking a lump of clay and creating something that people use every day is just completely awesome.
Question 5 and 6 are both tied in with taking a random class with my daughter.

My creative process is blending glazes together to create a beautiful piece of pottery that will last for years.
In five years i see my business exactly what I'm doing with this show.  Creating beautiful pieces and sharing with whomever should take an interest in my work.

Meet Courtney Cook from Boardroom Charcuterie Boards and Trays...
I’ve always been a creative but just now finding my true passion. I’ve been making boards for over a year now but I’ve always been an artist .

Life and colors is what inspires me to create.
How I got into my craft.. The idea came to me in a dream!

My creative process.. The first step is always finding what colors I want to use, although a lot of my work is custom so the colors are already chosen 

My five year goal... I would love to have a small gallery/retail space.

2022 Avon Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Emerald Event Center
33040 Just Imagine Dr.
Avon, Ohio 44011
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Eve Preview!

Meet Clarissa Ladner from Arrondi Company...

Hi, I am clarissa ladner and i am the proud owner of arrondi company! I am from a small town near Akron, Ohio. I graduated with a fashion merchandising degree with a minor in marketing and fashion media from Kent State University, so I am well acquainted with the industry. I am a taurus, who loves to travel and eat all the good food. I love yoga, boxing and running. I enjoy art and caring for my 7 plants. My all time favorite comedy is New Girl and my favorite book series at the moment is a Court of Thorn and Roses.

I have been doing this for 2 years this coming January.

I love to create. I love using my hands and my creativity to build something beautiful. Film, literature, nature,travel and color is what inspires my jewelry collections. It am also motivated and inspired through my clients and customers, to create handmade jewelry that brings beauty and storytelling to ones wardrobe. I just love connecting with other humans.  

I have always loved art as a kid. I would always be painting and drawing and playing pretend. I went into a creative career field as well, in hopes of using that value of art and craft in my professional life. Here I am running my own business, using art and craft to spark joy professionally.
I created my company in January of 2021. It was during a challenging time in my life, as i was graduating soon. I was lost and couldn't find my purpose as i realized that my dream wasn't to work in corporate fashion. I decided to start my actual lifelong dream of having my own business. I taught myself how to make beaded jewelry as it was starting to trend and I feel in love with the medium. During the summer of 2021, I finally decided to start curating a vintage collection, which has always been a desire of mine. I love vintage clothing and always have. the more and more I created and curated I fell in love with the art of jewelry and my appreciation of vintage grew even deeper. 

I put artistry into making collections of jewelry ranging from necklaces to earrings, with ethical sourcing, high quality materials and beautiful designs. I buy small batches of products in order to avoid wasting materials and creating more products than needed. I source from other small businesses and create a more circular supply chain using vintage and dead stock beads. These are pieces of wearable art, that brings color, beauty and fun to your style.All of my jewelry is finished with the highest quality construction. I use a 14k gold-filled and sterling silver wire guardian to prevent the wire from wearing out over time. I use sterling silver crimps and apply them using the best-securing techniques. Along with this, I use locking jump rings, to ensure there is no accidental breakage. 
My five year goal.. I see myself traveling across the country doing pop-ups. I see myself expanding a bit and maybe hiring an employee. I see myself connecting with even more people and bringing my art to more and more spaces. Maybe within the next 10 years I will have a storefront! 

The message behind my work.. when you shop with arrondi you are free to explore your creativity, style, and fluidity. our experience is full of color and beauty that is memorable and on-trend. we want to form and curve into your personal vault of art, eclecticism, and nostalgia; with the main focus on human connection, thoughtfulness, and community. we do this while we serve our mother earth and its children, with our sustainable and ethical practices. we promise to always grow with you and our world as we desire to learn and better our business every day.

You can view my work at:

from Mom Boss Kreations by Danielle... 
Mom Boss Kreations by Danielle came to life during a time I needed to escape and keep my mind busy. I’ve always been the crafty person. If it’s out there I’ve probably at least tried it. 
I love when people give me an idea and I can bring that item to life. I tell people if you can think of it, I’ll do my best to make it happen. We can customize any and all of our items.
Some items we have are tumblers, keychains, ornaments, bookmarks, decals, glasses and so much more. We are very excited to be welcomed into a great show like Avon!

Meet Lianep Carrion from DIY Beauty on Purpose LLC...
I am a wife to a wonderful husband of 16 years and a mom to two beautiful children, 9 yo girl and 6 yo son. I am an influencer on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook; and a small business owner of on online business. I have been creating and crafting professionally for four years. I love to craft for every season and teach others how to do it. I am the host of DIY Beauty on Purpose on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. I love the Lord God my Savior and spending time with family. My favorite seasons to craft for are Fall and Christmas. 

I have been crafting professionally for 4 years. 

What inspires me to create.. Everything! I get inspired by other creators, nature, pictures, magazines, TV, etc. I get inspiration from everywhere. 
Back in 2017 my dad was at his end of life due to an unexpected illness. I found myself needing an outlet. I've always been blessed with being able to create, draw  and paint, but never thought of using it as an outlet. I decided to dab into furniture flips, which then got me into YouTube and becoming a content creator. This then opened up many connections and opportunities in the crafting world. 
I've always had a gift to create, but it wasn't until the last few years that I discovered a passion for it. 

My creative process... I get an idea, write it down, analize how I can bring it to life and make a list of items I need, I then turn my camera on, press record and create! 
In five years I will have well over 500k subscribers on my YouTube channel. And hundreds of thousands of followers on my other combined online platforms. I want to have a successful online store. I want to have an online course for crafters. I want to have a published book (whew!) 

Message behind my work.. My message is that "Anyone can create". Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or seasoned crafter, there is always something to learn and create. And it can all be done on a budget. 

Meet Alyssa Opal from ADropOfOpal...
My name is Alyssa, and I'm the owner and artist behind ADropOfOpal. I started ADropOfOpal in 2018, though I picked up polymer clay as a hobby long before that! In fact, this is a hobby that I got from my mom- I remember coming home from kindergarten to the smell of clay baking in the oven, and I always loved playing with it when I was little. 
Through the years I've developed techniques that I love bringing to jewelry- fun colors, bold patterns, and whimsical leaves dress up outfits so differently than sparkly gems. What I love most about unique accessories is that they show off YOUR beauty, and your personality- you're the star of the show! That's what I really want you to remember each time you see yourself in my jewelry-- I want you to be reminded how beautiful you are, and how beautiful the life you've created really is.
This is my first show with Avant-Garde, and I could not be more excited! Being primarily an online business, it's always wonderful to meet people face-to-face, hear stories, and make real connections with the people viewing my work. I look forward to meeting everyone there!

Meet Amy Lucke from Adaline Grey and Co...
My name is Amy Lucke and I created Adaline Grey and Co in honor of my daughter, Adaline Grey, who passed away shortly after birth. I started making polymer clay earrings to pass the time and keep me busy. I never thought I would be loving it as much as I do! 

A year and a half ago, I made my first pair of earrings. Since then, I have dabbled with different mediums. I am currently using polymer clay, wood, beach glass, beading and resin. 

My full time profession is in education – I am a 4th grade teacher! I have been teaching for 8 years and while it can be stressful at times, I truly love what I do. My husband and I got married in October of 2019. I am so lucky to have a family who supports my creative journey! I have two dalmatians, Gracie and Luna, whom I adore. We have lived all over the Cleveland area but currently are based out of Brunswick. We purchased our first house last year and are loving being home owners! 

Like I previously mentioned, my daughter died shortly after birth. She was our first child and we were so excited to have a baby girl! She was born on March 8, 2021 and died on March 9, 2021. I have a picture of her on my table at craft shows as well as a little background of our story. If you stop by my booth, feel free to ask questions! I love keeping her legacy alive. 
I have always had quite the creative side but started making earrings in August of 2021. I needed something to pass the time away while I was (am still) grieving my daughters death. I started with a pair of polymer clay bows, which I still sell today! Feel free to ask what they look like now! In the last year and half, I have added many more variations of earrings. I use wood, resin, beading and polymer clay! I have more recently added beach glass to my collection. My husband and I have sourced all beach glass from Lake Erie, specifically Huntington Beach and Geneva on the Lake. 

What inspires me to create... At first I just wanted something to pass time. I started by making little studs and simple dangle designs. Now, it has definitely become a hobby of mine. I have gravitated towards holiday earrings and unique designs you wont be able to find at a store. My goal right now is to create cure, fun, lightweight earrings for everyone!

I find inspiration on social media, including Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. I find inspiration walking the aisles at craft stores. I find inspiration in my own jewelry collections. Many times I just sit down with no inspiration and just start creating! It is amazing where my creativity takes me!
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I have always loved crafting! In high school I took AP and honors art classes, so I have always had a creative side! Last summer, polymer clay earrings seemed to be something I was seeing all over social media. It intrigued me enough to start making them, and here we are a year and a half later! 

My creative process is different in almost every pair of earrings I make! Some earrings I know exactly what I will be making (like my pumpkin pie earrings or my turkeys I make every year!). Some however, I just sit down and start creating! Its always amazing to see the final result, whether its planned or not! I do showcase a lot of my creative processes on TikTok, Instagram and Facebook - @AdalineGreyandCo. 

My five year goal... I always tell my husband and close friends, If I could support myself full time making earrings. I would! That is how much I love doing it. My long term goal would be to open a small shop or make enough money to support our lifestyle. I think it is so important to find a niche that you’re good at and comfortable with. 

Message behind my work.. I just want people to enjoy life. I focus so much on holiday earrings because we as humans tend to view holidays as a *generally* relaxing and fun time. They are times that the majority look forward to year after year. If I can make a pair of earrings that encourage someone to have fun or make a person feel confident, then I will be happy! 

After a loss like the one I have experienced, it is important to find the joy in life. Ultimately, that is why I create. It brings me joy. I know my daughter would want me to experience happiness in this ride called life. 

2022 Avon Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Emerald Event Center
33040 Just Imagine Dr.
Avon, Ohio 44011
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Friday, December 17, 2021

It's the Holiday Season.. to SHOP!

 Meet Brian Bakos from J and B Artistic Notions...

Jenny Koschack and Brian Bakos are the co-founders of J and B Artistic Notions.  Both of us are quirky and creative, so we decided to brand Artistic Notions and begin to come up with whimsical pieces of art with ideas we both love. We take ideas or items we love, and put them into whimsical pieces of art using coffee as a medium and acrylic paint.

We find the inspiration to create through the joy in the little moments, along with the natural surroundings, and lots of coffee! Now, we want to share these joyful moments with others. 

We both have been creating with different mediums since childhood and professionally for several years. After a period of time, our family and friends would continue to ask us to create and design artwork for them, which led to us discovering our talent for creating. 

We have participated in two Avant-Garde shows previously, and are so excited to be back for a third. We also are currently working towards opening our own gallery/studio. 

We hope that through our work, we encourage people to be joyful in life, and share those moments with others. 

Meet Jordan Barnett from Scorched Timber...

Hello! My name is Jordan Barnett and I am a web developer, musician, and audio engineer. This is my short candle story. I sort of stumbled into the candle world as a "scratch-your-own-itch" situation. I had spent a year looking for a specific scent, but I could not find it. I ordered candles from all over the world - even Paris. Still I couldn't find what I was looking for - thus began the journey into making candles. 

We have been making candles for about five years now. Looking back on how I first discovered my "talent" for candle making, I realized that I believe that "talent" is a fancy world for not giving up on something that you are obsessed with. If you put the time in, people will eventually call it talent when they see the results. 

Organization is having a free, open space to create, and it is vital to digging in deep and getting your hands dirty. I work best when I have the the creative space to do it. 

This is our first Avant-Garde show, but hopefully we will attend many more! We would love to grow our little company into something much larger. Our philosophy is one step at a time though. Also, remember quality and reflection matter. It is there where we get to re-learn about ourselves all over again. 

Meet Nick Lime from Lime Skincare Co...

Hi! My name is Nick Lime, and I am the creator of Lime Skincare Co. I am a student business owner, and I love to formulate and create new products whenever I can. I started making skincare products at age 10, and ever since I've loved doing it. I loved to attend vendor shows, and support small businesses... so I took what I love to do and made a hobby out of it. 

This will be my first Avant-Garde Show that I will be attending, and I am so excited to share my work with everyone. The opportunity that I have to be able to create clean and safe skincare products for my community inspires me on the daily. 

I have always loved to try out different skincare products so I decided to start experimenting with some recipes and I fell in love with it. Each one of my products start out with a "hey it would be cool to make that," and then I research and do a deep dive into that product. After my research, I formulate for what seems like forever until I make the perfect product. 

Through my products, I want to educate people on the importance of clean skincare products, and why you should care about what is in them that can make them dangerous. I also want to provide people with the opportunity to enjoy safe, clean, and authentic skin care products. 

Meet Cara Romano from Gopi Girl Designs...

Hello, my name is Cara. I am a lifelong artist, and I teach drawing and painting classes. I grew up in Oberlin, Ohio. Now I live in Cleveland with my husband, step-daughter, and our small zoo of pets. I love creating art, listening to and playing music, enjoying nature, traveling, and animals.

I have been making jewelry for about 12 years. I’ve sold some here and there, but I am new to showing and selling at art and craft shows. I signed up for my first two Avant-Garde shows this year, the Solon Holiday Market was my first and Avon will be my second. 

I get inspired by art and design (both historical and contemporary) from various cultures across the globe. I am interested in how people adorn themselves, both in daily life and for special occasions. Music is also a big influence. I used to work in the museum field. Seeing jewelry from all over the world inspired me to try making my own. I began with a silversmithing class, and eventually developed a love for assembling and constructing jewelry from beads and other found objects. I love to use my hands and I especially love working on a small scale – whether it’s making jewelry or detailed drawings – these types of activities give me a feeling of satisfaction and control.

I thank my parents who were always encouraging me to create. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw, paint, sculpt, assemble, etc. I always want to try different media to see what I like. I am also really interested in combining media, often in unlikely or unexpected ways. My creativity is usually sparked by the beads or stones I have in my collection. I like to make series of pieces that use similar materials and techniques. One piece will inspire another. I really like to try unusual combinations of beads, findings, wiring, and found objects.

In the future, I would like to attend shows regularly, and travel around the country (maybe the world?) to share my creations. I am interested in partnering and collaborating with other artists, whether that is in a coop or collective type of setting, or possibly collaborating in the design process. I also want to develop my metalsmithing skills and incorporate them into my beaded jewelry.

I hope to inspire my customers to see that beauty can be found in unlikely places, through unique combinations of opposing elements. Art should make a statement about the individual creator/owner/wearer, but we can’t forget that it has the power to unify people from all walks of life, from all over the world.

Meet Tina Evans from Sweet Beautiful You...

Hello, my name is Tina Evans. My friend Jan and I started Sweet Beautiful You in 2019 when we started learning about the damage the chemicals and preservatives in many household products were causing us. 

We began making soaps from natural ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil & shea butter. We use a cold process method that helps to retain all the natural benefits of each plant based oil and butter. This process also naturally produces a bar high in glycerin, making it very moisturizing. Our products are free of any parabens, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals.

This is our first Avant-Garde event, and we are very excited to share our mission at this event - which is to help women love and accept themselves as they were created. We encourage women to not only protect themselves from the harsh chemicals in commercial skincare products, but also from the harsh words we tend to speak to ourselves. We are passionate about natural beauty, both inside and out!

A portion of our profits are donated to a women's shelter in Akron, Ohio. We visit that shelter monthly to remind these women that they are beautiful, and that their current circumstance does not define them. We also teach them how to make a natural skincare product that they can use and make for themselves again. 

We are Sweet Beautiful You - making natural products for a naturally Beautiful You!

2021 Avon Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Emerald Event Center
33040 Just Imagine Dr.
Avon, Ohio 44011
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Friday, September 10, 2021

Shop This Weeknd in Avon!

Meet Margo Coniam from Lake Erie Photography...

Hello! My name is Margo Coniam and I have a love of photography!  I have taken several photography classes in high school and college, and found a hobby that has turned into a passion. Whether it is traveling up the street or across the Atlantic Ocean to take my photos, I love it when my photos tell a story and capture the soul of a place. 

I have been selling my photographs for about a year now, but I have been taking photos for years now.  I have participated in one other Avant-Garde craft show and loved it!  It is great meeting both customers and fellow crafters alike! 
I am inspired by nature for the most part.  No matter if it is birds, blooms or landscapes, I find that the natural world inspires me to create. 

I have an Etsy shop called Lake Erie Photography.  You can access it at

Meet Kelly Milliron from The Joy Collective Company...

My name is Kelly Milliron. I have loved art since I was a small child. Art class was always my favorite. Some days I dreamed of being an art teacher & other days I dreamed of being an independent artist. 

I have found joy in both endeavors as an adult. I worked on & off in the education field for many years. I also stayed home with my son when he was small. I have recently begun a new chapter & started The Joy Collective Company, a small business based on handmade gifts of encouragement. 

I make art primarily to inspire & encourage others, but art is also therapeutic for me. I find peace in the process. The Joy Collective pushes me out beyond the walls of my home art studio. It also allows me to connect with amazing people who find joy in my work. If others can see & share the light & joy & hope in my whimsical watercolor paintings & beach-inspired jewelry designs, then I am blessed to be a part of that. 

I've had some choose jewelry pieces for family members battling cancer or friends struggling with mental health issues. Others pick out pieces to remind themselves that they are loved. Some choose a piece to let someone else know that they are thinking of them & that they are not alone...this is what keeps me going & brings the joy back to me full circle.

2021 Avon Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Emerald Event Center
33040 Just Imagine Dr.
Avon, Ohio 44011
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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Thanksgiving Preview!

Meet Lisa Madden... I live in North Ridgeville and have for the past 15 years.  Before that in N. Olmsted and Mayfield Village.  I graduated...