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Winterfair at the Ohio Expo Center Offers Unique Seasonal Giveaways


Craft fairs are everywhere this time of year, but few can match their grandfather, Winterfair, who is entering his 45th year.

After a virtual fair last year, the revamped event will revert to a live format with slightly fewer booths – around 375, compared to the usual 425 – and a lot more space.

“We are installing it now, so there will be four stands in a quad, all facing outwards. So these will all be corner stands and there will be plenty of space between the quads, ”said Kim Nagorski, executive director of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen, which hosts the event.

Winterfair is all about holiday shopping, with plenty of functional and decorative pieces and a range of prices. Artists will be arriving from inside and outside Ohio, new to Winterfair and regulars.

Food items will also be available at the Gourmet Marketplace in the building.

Adreanne’s of Bloomington, Indiana will sell fig pudding and whiskey cakes, Michael’s Artisan Chocolates of Bexley will sell jewelry-like confectionery, and Sweet Thing Gourmet, also from Bexley, will offer exotic jams.

Potential buyers who want to get a head start can check out the artist links on the Winterfair website.

Ornaments and holiday cards abound, as do larger pieces in clay, wood, or mixed media.

Fiber arts range from wall pieces to everyday items, such as potholders, scarves, hats and face masks.

Scotty Jones will be offering a variety of handbags at the fair.

Some of the most intriguing fabric pieces are designed by Scotty Jones of Kokomo, Indiana. Jones, 58, makes fabric handbags and wallets which he screen-printed with collages of images from the 50s and 60s.

“I am a fiber artist, a digital artist and a collector. My work stems from these three things, ”he said.

“I do what I like to call functional pop art. I collect photos of people I don’t know, from antiques and flea markets, ephemera from the 50s and 60s. I put them all together in a digital collage, I added elements, I made them. modified and added color. And then I turn some of them into screen printing, I print the images on muslin and I associate them with a fabric that I print myself.

Jones will be offering large and small handbags, crossbody bags, clutch bags and wallets at Winterfair.

Jewelry is also popular at the show. Returning this year, Martha Ponn of Newark and her granddaughter, Kylie Ponn, who share a studio in Columbus. Martha has been with Winterfair for over 20 years.

“It has always been a family business,” said Kylie, 25, speaking from her home in Grandview Heights.

“I started helping in the business at the age of 7. I would be in the cabin and people would hand me their credit cards. We have a strong clientele at Winterfair, and sometimes people come to me and say: You can’t be the same girl! You grew up before our eyes!

Pendants, rings, earrings and more will be available at the show.

“We design and build everything by hand,” Kylie said. “We get together and brainstorm new ideas together. We use sterling silver, 14k gold, semi-precious stones, pearls and pearls.

Although they are reducing the number of shows they attend each year, they still keep Winterfair on the schedule.

“It’s like home,” Kylie said. “We’ll see people we know, and it’s a special time for everyone. It’s a special show, and it’s even more special to be able to do it with my grandmother.

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Winterfair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 3 and 4 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 5 in the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center, Interstate 71 and East 17th Avenue. Masks are strongly encouraged. Admission: $ 7, or free for children 12 and under; free readmission. For more information visit winter fair.org.