Wayne County Indiana is home to many talented artisans who offer year round unique gift options. This holiday season the choices are abundant from holiday cards and decor to fairy doors, photography, and even custom designs for your family and friends. Giving gifts that are produced locally and from the hands of artisans means so much more and create lasting memories. So read on to find out how you can acquire these lovely gifts easily and from the comfort of your home.
If you have attended a Richmond Civic Theatre play or musical, you have probably witnessed the artistry of local graphic artist and painter, Pam Frazier. Besides set design, Pam offers beautiful pieces painted on natural woods (see picture below) as well as custom graphic art designs that can include your or your family members or friends favorite pets! (see above). Pam has also illustrated over 28 titles of kids books in partnership with Best Friend Books with friend Lisa Combs.
When you are acquiring one of Pam’s pieces, you are supporting a seasoned artist and purchasing a high quality piece for an affordable price. (pricing for custom pieces are $30-$75.00 and can include portraits, home portraits, and pet portraits in snow scenes – see pictures above)
To contact Pam you can IM her on Facebook, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include this artist on your “buy local” shopping list!
Emily Kendall has been creating delightfully themed cards, gift tags and decor for many years and has been spotted at the local Farmer’s Market in Richmond as well as having her artistic creations featured in local shops in Wayne County. Previously a pre-school teacher in Richmond IN, Emily now works from home while teaching her own adorable toddlers in her little home-school designed with the same thoughtful care as she does her artwork.
You will enjoy giving these cards to your friends and family as a meaningful choice this year! Emily creates Christmas as well as Hanukkah cards during the holiday season, and all occasion and themed cards (birthday, anniversary, wedding invitations) year-round. Emily also creates adorable little hair ribbons (see picture to left).
This year, cards are a good way to stay in touch with those you want to give a long distance hug to while bringing them some joy!
To order from Emily you can visit her Instagram page @junecatco (June Cat Co.), send her an email: email@example.com, call her: 765.993.2665 or send her a message on Facebook: facebook.com/junecatcards. Happy shopping
Several years ago Jana Angelucci moved back to her beloved hometown after teaching in Georgia, bringing with her the magic of Fairy Doors, and has been a cheerleader for the county through her expression of art. With the ability to personalize the doors to each child (or adult), Jana has been bringing joy to people, young and young at heart, in Wayne County through the magic of fairies. She has now branched out to offering “Hippy Doors” (see picture) that can also be made to fit individual personalities.
Jana is also an accomplished photographer, highlighting the beauty of her favorite county. Over the years she has traveled miles of country roads capturing shots that others may miss. And now you can own a piece of her photography or give away as a lovely gift. Whether you want to find that perfect gift for a local lover of the beauty of Wayne County, or someone who may be missing their hometown from far away- Jana’s photos are a meaningful gift idea for many on your holiday list!
Highlighting ways to buy local has been an annual focus for GoWayneCounty.com for over twelve years. Stay tuned to more ideas for shopping local this holiday season! The series will continue into December. Saturday, November 28, is Shop Small Saturday. Remember to focus on your favorite local shops, cafes, and artisans to support the work they do in our community! If you want your favorite artisan or shop featured in this series, please message us through our Go Wayne County facebook page.
Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.
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