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Artisans to make appearance at Grass Valley Home & Garden Show

Under the canopy of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, nearly 200 vendors will gather this weekend for The Union’s 28th annual Home & Garden Show.

“It is the place to go to see everything new in home improvement, gardening and the landscape industry,” said event manager Mary Anne Davis.

The weekend event will not only feature everything from gardening and decking to solar and hot tubs, it will also feature NASCAR racing elements, fine art and food.

“I can’t imagine anybody not finding something fun to do here,” Davis said.

Among this year’s new features is a showcase of the Banner Mountain Artisans in the Ponderosa Hall. Fifteen of the group’s more than 30 artists will be on hand selling their diverse, handmade creations throughout the weekend.

The Banner Mountain Artisans was started in 2004 by Joan Unter, who asked 16 artists from Grass Valley, Penn Valley and Nevada City to offer their artwork at a holiday show. The first event was hosted in six homes in close proximity on Nevada City’s Banner Mountain.

More artists were added each year, and after four years, the attendance exceeded all expectations and outgrew the neighborhood, so in 2008, the Banner Mountain Artisans Show and Sale moved to the Elks Lodge on Highway 49 to accommodate all 31 artists.

“We outgrew the neighborhood,” Unter said.

At the Elks Lodge, up to 2,000 people have attended the free weekend event in November, said Unter, who cuts out various leaves, flowers, dogs and other items from sheets of fabric and sews them onto clothing and tote bags.

“Up until now, they have only had one opportunity per year to sell their stuff,” said Davis, who also is an artisan.

One of the unusual aspects of our artisan show is the jurying and selecting of new artisans eight months before the November show, Unter said.

“This ensures we will have a great variety of handcrafted items at reasonable prices,” Unter said.

Unter’s and Davis’ work will appear alongside 14 other artists’ work this weekend, such as Thaddeus Little’s stained glass and Martha Jones’ reuse mosaic art.

“Whenever I can find a good image, I use it,” Jones said ,as she adorned her area in Ponderosa Hall with framed pieces focused on bird themes.

Among the variety are painting, photography, woodturning, jewelry, fiber art, decorative art, gourds, dried florals, ceramics, hand-painted glass, wood carving, tile art, home decor, soaps, pottery, teddy bears and stained glass.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” Unter said of her group’s appearance at the Home & Garden Show. “If it is successful, we would love to come back next year.”

Also unique to this year’s show: Jay Cooper at Riebe’s Auto Parts has arranged to have members of Bill McAnally’s NASCAR Team at the fairgrounds Sunday.

The 50-foot-long NASCAR vehicle hauler will be there all day Sunday, as will two race cars and two drivers from the McAnally Team. Along with Bill McAnally himself, Sergio Pena and Hayden Pedersen will be there from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign autographs and pose for photos.

Bart Riebe is sponsoring this event and is also bringing a Dale Earnhardt car (No. 3) to display all day Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

He purchased this piece of NASCAR history to ensure people could view it, to keep it from being locked in somebody’s garage collection.

Propane promoters, metal gardening pieces, an antique appraiser, screen door and decking companies will also be at the weekend event. There will also be fan favorite foods, such as Lazy Dog Ice Cream. All of this year’s food vendors are local, Davis said, offering everything from pizza, pasties and barbecue to beer and wine. Both days also feature live music entertainment.

“Most people don’t realize that we put this on ourselves,” Davis said. “From start to finish, The Union staff makes this event happen.”

The two-day event itself is free, but parking costs vary depending on location.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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