Varied products at inaugural artisan market
The first-ever Prescott Artisan Market was held on the third floor of 'Tis Art Gallery on Saturday, Nov 21. The market saw all sorts of creative goods from local vendors, such as handmade baby items, paintings and photography.
One of the artisans, Dani Fisher, recently moved back to Prescott in April, having left for Pennsylvania six years ago. The realization that she was going to be an artist came at 5 years old, Fisher said, noting her mother is a jeweler and laser engraver and her father is a carpenter and remodeler.
And though many people knew Fisher in Pennsylvania, she appreciates getting out and reestablishing herself again, she said.
"I'm appreciative of the fact of getting out there again. It's kind of a struggle because I already did this," she said. "But now, I'm home and I'm exposing myself again. It's just inspiring, too."
Also at the artisan market was Crunch Mamas' Market, featuring earth friendly and handmade baby supplies. A few months old, Crunch Mamas' started after noticing a lot of moms were asking about finding certain items on Facebook, said Crunch Mama Kirsten Nodzon. However, the only answer was Amazon, and the Mamas wanted to bring a local option where products could be available same day or next day.
There's also an education aspect to Crunch Mamas' Market, Nodzon said, noting it provides something most people haven't heard of, such as reusable paper towels.
"We can sort of subtly make changes," Nodzon said. "We're really focused on anything that's good for the environment and eco-friendly."
The market also had art by photographer Christy Garavetto, who has been doing the craft for about two years. Garavetto got into photography through wanting to capture the moment and get in close to see something someone may have missed or perhaps catch a moment of nature's interaction, she said.
Photography gives back twice, Garaveto said.
"Once to me when I take it and then I get to spend all the time with it, developing it," she said. "Then another time to you and whoever travels with you in your life."
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