Buy Local Art & Gift FairKalamazoo Nature Center's Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Friday, December 7, 2018 5:30pm-8:00pm (Member's only Jingle Mingle)
Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:00am-4:00pm open to public with free admission

Booth fee $85
Artist guidelines here

See KNC's Visitor Center magically transformed with top-quality work from more than 50 local artisans in a fun and festive atmosphere. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering FREE admission all day long to both the Art & Gift Fair and the trails.  

Application & Artwork Submission Deadline: June 1 - August 31
Artists are selected for participation based on the diversity and quality of work they bring to the Fair. Work must be of the artist’s original concept, design, and execution. Original works utilizing natural and recycled materials are encouraged.  Categories may include, but are not limited to, printmaking, painting, photography, fiber arts, art glass, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture, fair trade products, and licensed food items. No franchises please.

Use the form below to apply in 3 easy steps

1. Complete the online application below and submit with your non-refundable application fee of $25
2. You will receive an email confirmation. Reply to the email  and attach  3-5 digital photographs of your work. All artists and vendors must submit photos, regardless of past participation in Buy Local Art & Gift Fair.
Important note: you must disclose every type of product you plan to display as we limit the number of entries for each category. In dffort to maintain a balanced show past participation does not guarantee a spot in this year's show.
3.  All applicants will be reviewed by the selection committee and notified by September 15. If accepted, the balance of the $85 booth fee ($60). will be due by September 30.  

View the complete Artist Guidelines here.  Questions?  Call Lisa Panich at (269) 381-1574 ext. 38 or email her at lpanich@naturecenter.org

2017 Artists & Vendors

Lorrie Abdo ~ Kazoo Book Arts
Melissa Al-Azzawi ~ Screen printed shirts
Anna's Hammocks 
Arts & Artifacts Glass Studio ~ Gloria Badinar
Avani Jewelry ~ Christy Honsberger & Hether Frayer
Phil & Lisa Bauman ~ Eileen's English Toffee
Renee Baumgart ~ Rip Studio
Tracy Bell ~ Bead Bug
Rebecca Brand ~ Jewelry
Bill Chapman ~ Woodworking holiday packages with natural wrapping
Edie Clompus ~ Pottery
James Collison ~ Creature Comforts
Christopher Deau ~ Photography
Katie Degeise ~ Birch & Fern Botanicals
Daedal Derks ~ Midwest Opener Co.
Cherri Emery ~ Cherri's Chocol'art
Fawkes Farms
Deb Flook ~ Jewelry
Grampas Pasty's
Kris Green ~ Jewelry
Maia Hausler ~ Illustrations
Jennifer Haywood ~ Children's puzzles and games
Jeff & Teresa Heaton ~ Cheeky Chic-y studio
Tamara Hirzel ~ Prints
Sandi Idema ~ Pottery
Sarah James ~ Photography
Alexa Karabin ~ Prints
Steve Keerl ~ Ceramics
Linda Kekic ~ House Jewelry
Lee Klade ~ Klade Werks
Tracy Klinesteker ~ Paintings
KNC Staff
Elana Kroll ~ Fiber
Steve Lafountain ~ Pop City Popcorn
Karin Larson ~ Cicada Fibers
David Lewis & Brad Loker ~ Figures in Wood
Cal Longcore ~ Woodworking
Elenor Lopez ~ Spice Dazzle
Sarah Lyons ~ Jewelry
Adam McFarlin ~ Kalamazoo Candle Company
Susan McHenry ~ Pottery
Cyndee Mishler ~ Fiber
Colleen O'Rourke ~ Music sheet art
Janene Rawlinson ~ Shades of Lavender Farm
Carol Rutgers ~ the Rug Lady
Paul & Sara Rutgers ~ Rutgers Wooden Spoons & upcycled bags
Felix Ruiz ~ Lama Luna
Tom & Susan Rumsey ~ Woodworking
Lynette Stiemsma ~ Fiber
Meg Tang ~ Jewelry by Meg Tang
Bethany Tannis ~ FretKnot Jewelry
Danielle Vincent ~ Jewelry
Donna Vogtman ~ Jewelry
Francis Whalen ~ Jewelry
Lorrie Zegarius ~ Art glass

Sponsor the Buy Local Art & Gift Fair

Get your business out front and center while supporting the Kalamazoo Nature Center through sponsorship of our members-only holiday event and public art fair. Contact Lisa Panich, Communications Director, via email or at  269-381-1574 ext. 38 for more information.

Sponsorship Levels:
 White Pine - $1,000 (tax deductible = $800)
•  Website event page: Hyperlinked logo placed at top level
•  Newsletter: Acknowledgement in March/April edition
•  Social media: Multiple lead-up and day-of acknowledgements
•  Posters/flyers: Logo placement at top level
•  eNews (December): Exclusive logo placement
•  4 tickets to Jingle Mingle event

Silver Maple - $500 (tax deductible = $400)
•  Banners: Logo placed at 2nd level
•  Website event page: Hyperlinked logo placed at 2nd level
•  Newsletter: Acknowledgement in March/April edition
•  Social media: Multiple lead-up and day-of acknowledgements
•  Posters/flyers: Logo placed at 2nd level
•  3 tickets to Jingle Mingle event

Winterberry - $250 (tax deductible = $200)
•  Banners: Name listed at 3rd level
•  Website event page: Hyperlinked name listed at 3rd level
•  Newsletter: Acknowledgement in March/April edition
•  Social media: Multiple day-of acknowledgements
•  Posters/flyers: Name listed at 3rd level
•  2 tickets to Jingle Mingle event

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!









GreenLeaf Trust       RiverRun Press


BDO       Brain Trust Technologies


Lawton Ridge Winery