Bloom Hand-Crafted Art Fair
On the morning of Saturday, November 8th, the rooms and halls of Redeemer Presbyterian Church will be bustling with artists, crafters and shoppers eager to find locally made gifts and works of art at the 4th Annual Bloom Hand-crafted Art Fair.
Local Artists & Crafters Exhibiting
More and more people are supporting real artists in their communities by sponsoring the arts and buying quality handmade goods. More than 40 artists and craftsmen will be on site at Bloom, offering demonstrations and displays of their work. Shoppers eager to get a jump on holiday shopping will enjoy finding local artisans displaying candles, soaps, brilliant watercolors, acrylic paintings, handmade jewelry, custom-blended teas, landscape and portrait photographs, hand-lettered stationary, fabric arts, dolls, knitting, quilting, yummy baked goods and other unique handmade items, such as hand- printed mirrors. There will also be a raffle of items donated by each artist that directly benefits an annually selected charity.
Crafting for a Cause
Now in its fourth year, Bloom was founded by members of Redeemer Church to showcase the many talented artists and craftspeople within its congregation, as well as other artists in the Winston-Salem community. Initially, Bloom funds provided building and medical aid to the displaced Ixil people of Guatemala. Since then, the event has highlighted and benefited different local charities. Last year, the featured charity was Arts for Life; this year, it is Youth in Transition.
Youth in Transition
Youth in Transition is a non-profit organization that ensures that young adults gain the support and life skills necessary for a successful transition from foster care to adulthood. Representatives from Youth in Transition will be on site to answer questions, take donations and register guests interested in mentoring young adults in, and fresh out of, foster care.
“Many of the young adults coming through foster care have never been exposed to the arts,” said Youth in Transition Executive Director, Alex Hudson. “Bloom is a wonderful way to broaden their
horizons. Learning a healthy outlet to process the ‘stuff of life,’ making relationships with people outside their normal circle, or even learning a different way to generate income, are all potential impacts.
Youth aging out of foster care find many closed doors. Being a community partner—by simply providing advice, becoming a mentor, offering a service, or giving a financial gift—can change someone’s life by opening a door. “My hope is to open as many doors as possible, giving the young adults choices on which ones they want to walk through,” explained Hudson.
Bloom participants will also have an opportunity to learn about, and help, Redeemer’s work with the Ixil people of Guatemala.
YIT Participants helping set up for Bloom hands-crafted art fair also letting people know about YIT.