By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: September 2011
Laurann Farris, chair of Heart of Broken Arrow Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair, shows off a couple of the musical instrument lamps that will be exhibited by crafter Art Hartman.
The 18th annual Heart of Broken Arrow Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Broken Arrow Community Center, located at 1500 S. Main St. The original crafts show was conceived years ago by Jim Burdette, who owned the Ben Franklin store on Main Street. Mr. Burdette also organized the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association and served as its president for many years. Early shows were set up
on the sidewalks in front of stores of participating merchants. The show was moved indoors several years ago and has always been sponsored by the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.
If you’re interested in exhibiting this year, you can make reservations as long as space remains available. Items that will not be exhibited or sold at the Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair include weapons and any material that would be considered offensive or in poor taste. Admission is free to the public and proceeds from booth rentals support the Main Street Merchant Associa-tion’s holiday lighting projects from 71st to 91st Streets.
The goal of the Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair is to provide a variety of items with minimal duplication. The Heart of Broken Arrow Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair is held in the large gymnasium of the Community Center. Visitors and exhibitors will enjoy the day in air conditioned comfort, and concessions will be available. A booth will be on hand where you can donate items to be mailed to active U.S. military personnel, and face painting will be available for the kids.
Exhibitor setup times are Friday after 4 p.m., September 16, and Saturday (the day of the fair) beginning at 7:30 a.m. Security will be provided Friday during setup through the
conclusion of the fair Saturday afternoon. Doors will be opened to the public from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday.
One outstanding exhibitor you’ll want to meet is Pastor Art Hartman from Sand Springs. His booth will feature beautifully crafted lamps made with musical instruments. Pastor Hartman says he finds the “guts” for his creative lamps on eBay and at yard sales, and many instruments have been given to him by those who have seen his creations. If you have a musical instrument that has been gathering dust in the attic for years, spend some time visiting with Pastor Hartman about a
custom lamp for your home or office. It’s time to be thinking about Christmas presents!
Exhibitor Teresa Smith really likes flip flops and Crocs. She took a couple of pairs of shoes and began experimenting with cotton material, fleece, trinkets, and ribbons to accomplish ways to change out the colorful decorations, making her creations match any outfit she was wearing. Presto! Her business, Raggedy Crafts, was born.
You’ll enjoy attending the Heart of Broken Arrow Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair and
visiting with its host of artists, craftsmen, and antique collectors. You’ll find terrific items including golf items, woven sports logo lawn chairs, booths for children and teens, personalized books, clothing, educational toys, quilted doll clothes, Red Hat items, scrapbook materials and supplies, quilted items, pottery, wind chimes, gourmet and health foods, beauty products and bath items, clothing, and household items made from blue jeans. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, September 17. It’s an event for the whole family, and yes, even the guys will enjoy it.
Purses by vendor Deniese Webb and Tigerlily flip flops by vendor Julie Crow will be available at this year’s fair.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.