Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Sebesta Apothecary





 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Kim Sebesta, Owner & Maker at Sebesta Apothecary, an all natural, eco-friendly bath and body product company. Launched in 2018, as a clean alternative to traditional products, we make small-batch products that are made of wholesome ingredients that are beneficial for your skin and the environment.


Why did you start working in this craft?
I was tired of seeing all sorts of hard to pronounce chemicals in the products that I used every day. After struggling to find something that was really all natural, effective and fair priced, I decided to start making my own products. I enjoyed the process and a business was born!

 

 


Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes, this is my day job and I love it. After working many years in a corporate setting the flexibility of running my own business is a challenge but a joy! Everyday provides different challenges and I get to wear many hats!


What is the latest thing you have been working on?
Seasonal soap bars are always our favorite recipes to craft! These unique scents are inspired by the change in seasons, recent trends or childhood memories - think Pumpkin Spice, Orange Creamsicle, and Cozy Log Cabin. The best part, once they are gone they are gone they are really gone and we get to start thinking about the next one!

 

 


How does the city you live in influence your work?
Minneapolis is so supportive of small businesses and makers! With the huge presence of maker's markets, it is fun and easy to get your products out in front of new customers who often stick with you for the long run!


What do you love most about craft show vending?
The people! Meeting new customers and seeing familiar faces in person is the best part! I really enjoy talking with them about how and why we make what we do, learning about their experiences with our products and how we can best meet their needs.

 

 

 


www.sebestaapothecary.com

www.instagram.com/sebestaapothecary

www.facebook.com/sebestaapothecary

 

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Wildlife Up Close




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
I am Joyce Wilking, artist, and owner of Wildlife Up Close. I paint acrylic wildlife pictures of the birds, waterfowl, and animals I see in central Minnesota.

How does the city you live in influence your work?
I live on a lake in Chisago, MN. I am influenced every day by the abundance of wildlife in my yard, on the lake or in the neighborhood that changes every season.

 



What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
When customers from across the nation see or buy my wildlife paintings, they’re eager to share their stories, memories or experiences with specific birds, waterfowl, or animals. I absolutely love those stories.

What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
I try to make my acrylic wildlife paintings as realistic as possible by putting the subject in a real situation such as: in a nest with babies, hunting for food, hiding in trees, flying, or swimming.

 



What is the latest thing you have been working on?
Each of the four seasons bring changes for wildlife: return to Minnesota or passing through, their habits, mating rituals, change in colors, and raising or protecting their family. Each season renews my interest in the changes of wildlife around me.

 

Joyce Wilking
Wildlife Up Close

10890 Green Lake Trail,
Chisago City, MN 55013
651-249-5667


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Friday, May 13, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: PM Design




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Peter Mielech. I’m an Asian American and third generation woodworker that hand makes unique, wearable art out of found and upcycled wood with resin.




What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
Although woodworking and resin crafting are hugely popular right now, I have yet to find anyone locally who who uses the combination to create jewelry in exactly the same way. I’m also one of a few men I’ve found making jewelry in the area, which I think gives me a unique perspective.




 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?
Yes, as a child I was always found drawing, creating, and building, which led me to a degree in studio art and a 20+ year career in graphic design. Now that I’ve shifted my work into jewelry making I still use all my experiences of art and design.





PM Design

www.pmdesign-stp.com

www.instagram.com/pmdesignstp

www.facebook.com/PMDesignSTP


 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Pickles + Ocho




 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Dan Wellik and I am a local author. I have a series of children’s books, coloring/activity book, plushies and backpack buddies. My books focus on diversity and inclusion through imagery and follow the life adventures of our family; our French bulldogs, Pickles + Ocho, and their two dads, as told through our dogs.

 

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?
“Pickles + Ocho”. They are our French bulldogs through which I tell our family’s story. And yes, they are real dogs and the stories mirror our actual family life.

 

What is the latest thing you have been working on?
I recently finished the 3rd book in the series, and it will be launching early this summer.

 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I think my customers relates on many levels to my work, especially the diversity and inclusion aspect. Of course, Pickles + Ocho themselves, are adorable, so who can resist that?

  

What motivates you to create?
The ability to give our little ones imagery of family that are non-traditional, and teach diversity and inclusion at a young age.

 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?
I spent over 20 years in marketing, so creativity has always been part of my work.

 

Is this a full-time business for you?
Yes

 

What made you take this leap into being your own boss?
After 20+ years in corporate marketing, I needed a change and wanted to be my own boss.

 

 

What do you love most about craft show vending?
I really enjoy the attendees as well as the other vendors – everyone is always so positive and supportive.

 

Will you be featuring any special holiday items?
We will have special pricing for the attendees of the Gift & Art Expo.

 

 

 

 

www.picklesandocho.com

www.instagram.com/picklesandocho

www.facebook.com/picklesandocho

 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Ray Rastergari Photo




 

 

 

 Who are you and what do you do? 

Just a simple man with a heart opened to new and accepting challenges that’s leads to a better version of me. Photography is my “love affair” when I need to escape from the society and find my peace.

 

 

 

What are some inspirations for your work? 

I am inspired by Nature, everything that is unique to my eyes: landscape, sunset, beach, moon, trees, animals, ocean etc. Inspiration is abundant in a world full of beautiful, free scenes.

 

 

 

 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

I've been passionate about photography since early ages. I like capturing unique moments from our beautiful planet Earth. I love landscape photography, nature, sunsets, sunrises, oceans, and everything that is catching my attention.

 

 

Ray Rastergari Photo
www.RayRastegariPhoto.com

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