Banner Mountain Artisans show this weekend |

Banner Mountain Artisans show this weekend

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What: Banner Mountain Artisans show and sale

When: Today and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Elks Lodge at 518 Hwy. 49, Nevada City

Cost: Free

Contact: For questions contact Joan Under (530) 265-0348

The creative works of the Banner Mountain Artisans will be featured this weekend at the BMA art show.

Visitors can expect to see 30 booths, featuring painting, photography, woodburning,
jewelry, fiber art, furniture, gourds, floral design, knifemaker, mosaics, ceramics, hand-painted glass, wood carving, tile art,
home decor, soaps and pottery.

“There are loads of different types of art,” said Banner Mountain Artisans founder Joan Unter.

Unter got the idea to start selling her appliqués and designs nine years ago and decided to recruit others as well.
“I decided in order to be successful, I probably needed to have other people in my home who were also selling art,” Unter said. “So I put together 16 artisans we met on Banner Mountain with five houses within a few blocks of each other.”

After outgrowing the neighborhood, Unter discovered the Elks Lodge in Nevada City to harbor the art show.

“Every year, I’d be worried about whether we’d have a snowstorm or even a rainstorm that would be inconvenient for customers, and I don’t have as much of a worry now under one roof,” Unter said.

Unlike craft shows that are open to whoever buys a space, the artisans at the BMA show are selected through a jury.

“We get to choose how many jewelers, how many photographers, etc., so it’s not an overload on any aspect of the art, and it’s a wide variety,” Unter said. “We always encourage others to apply.”

Visit to view applications.

Artisan Tricia Burbank will be offering decorated gourds, which are hollowed out vessels traditionally made from squash, and mixed-media jewelry.

“You woodburn pyro-engraving, and you can paint and carve layers of design into them,” Burbank said.

“They’re like boxes, so you can use them on your holiday table. You can serve rolls or cookies out of them.”

Burbank also creates ceramic sculptures and makes shard jewelry from the broken pieces of ceramic boards.

“I take a fairly large board and hold it up over my head and drop it on my cement driveway,” Burbank said.

“I don’t purposely create the shape. I take larger pieces and step on it with my heel barefooted (they’re not sharp)
and I sand the back and edges down.”

Burbank said her jewelry is sold for between $35 and $65.

“They are reasonably priced and make nice gifts,” she said.

Kathy Hickinbotham, a member of the group’s advertising board, learned how to design in art school and will be featuring furniture and silver sets using the Norwegian decorative painting design style of rosemaling.

“I was an art major in college, and I learned all about design and color, and right when I got out of college, I saw some of the rosemaling. The design and bright colors just made me feel good inside,” Hickinbotham said.

Hickinbotham said the joy of art not only comes from her own designing but from teaching others as well, which she has done for 35 years.

“I’m not only painting for my pleasure but also feel good about teaching others,” she said.

“Seeing that feeling of accomplishment and taking pride in what they’ve done feels really good.”

Hickinbotham will be offering her painted folk art-inspired furniture, cut-outs, plates, bowls and boxes with lids at the show.

The venue is equipped with a coffee and dessert cafe, and admission is free. In previous years, the attendance has been around 2,000 visitors.

“We have really grown,” Unter said. “People look forward to the show, and we have a pretty good name with high-quality and reasonably good prices. And everything is all local.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call (530) 477-4230.

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