Neighborhood Arts + Crafts Crawl

Creative Community

The Neighborhood Arts + Craft Crawl consists of several artists and makers whose areas of concentration are: lampwork and fused glass, jewelry creations, watercolor-mixed media paintings, metal and ceramic sculptures, vintage creations, fashion design/tailoring, and street poetry. www.facebook.com/NA+CC/

Neighborhood Arts + Craft Crawl MAP

Michelle Hair is the creator and founder of the Neighborhood Arts + Craft Crawl. In late summer 2019, she had the idea of trying to gather artists/makers in her surrounding neighborhoods to open up their creative spaces to the public. Her mission was to create community among her neighbors by highlighting local artists so other neighbors could learn about their craft, visit their spaces, and have the ability to purchase their artwork – all within walking/biking distance from each other.

To recruit artists/makers, she sent emails, posted on social media, and shared the idea with friends. Soon she had a group of 15 artists that participated in the October event spanning 10 locations in mainly the Divine Redeemer, Patty Jewett, and Shooks Run Neighborhoods. Michelle partnered with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region for an Arts Month in event 2019 and some of the artists were interviewed by Peakradar and highlighted on their social media pages. A Neighborhood Arts + Crafts Crawl Facebook page was created and the event was highly advertised through social media.

A printable and online “passport” was available to the public to follow along the Crawl route and have their passport stamped. Most artists reported having between 51-100 visitors come to their location during the event. Due to the incredibly positive feedback of the public and artists (including their reports of numerous sales) it was decided to have the Crawl continued as an annual event. Michelle invited those artists who participated in 2019 to join a committee to create more collaborative efforts.

In early 2021, the committee began to plan for this year’s Crawl, which will occur on Saturday, October 9, from 10AM-4PM. Specifically, the committee discussed how to begin the artist recruitment process early in the planning stage, partnering again with the Cultural Office for Arts Month, securing sponsorships, and expanding marketing efforts.

2021 Participating Artists:

Christopher Purnell is the woodworker, designer and builder behind A Tree’s Legacy. Chris makes fine furniture. “I strive to create art that is beautiful, functional, and of the highest quality to be enjoyed for generations.”
Carol Overbeck is the sew-artist that whips up fun little appliqued bags and trash bags for your car! Each piece is designed with whimsy and charm telling a tiny little story. Stop by and find the one that was meant for you or that crazy friend of yours.
Kyndra Wilson makes Fabled journals from vintage and antique books found in local thrift stores. Each of these one-of-a-kind journals has selections of the original book’s pages interspersed among the blank journal pages and the original spine is attached to use as a bookmark. The book gets a new life as you add your story to its story. Journal with History.
Gayle K. Berardi is the watercolorist behind Luna’s Watercolors. Gayle specializes in landscapes, flowers and whatever catches her imagination. She has been pursuing her passion for art since she was a child but it was not until retirement that she was able to devote time to her love of painting. She sees her art as being informed by an interaction between the act of painting and nature itself. She is currently exploring the use of various types of inks in her paintings.
Victoria Amato Kennedy is the maker of Morse & Mantra. Victoria crafts handmade Morse Code jewelry using some custom combination of sterling silver dashes & dots, Swarovski crystals, black onyx beads, and more. Stop by her home studio and discover an array of beautiful “secret” coded bracelets, earrings and necklaces, along with an assortment of Morse Code-inspired prints, greeting cards, and stickers. Morse & Mantra can be found throughout Colorado Springs at Eclectic CO in Downtown and OCC, at Scheels, Urbane Collective & The Museum of Mining & Industry.
Michelle Hair is a lampwork and fused glass artist and owner of New Earth Beads. Michelle feels such intense joy when she is creating with glass and believes that energy is infused into each piece. She designs each piece with the intention to invoke joy and inspire others to follow their passion. Michelle also teaches fun fused glass classes and is the creator and founder of the Neighborhood Arts + Craft Crawl.
Sandy Friedman started working in ceramics during high school in 1965 studying with David Suits, Clayton Bailey and Tom Lawless. College study was with Sue Eisler, Peter Voulkus, Jack Canon, Dan Anderson, Tasheko Takazu, Wayne Higby and Ken Ferguson, completing a Master in Fine Art in Ceramics and Sculpture. Post – graduation study continued with Paul Soldner and Tony Heslop. Sandy taught secondary education in Saint Louis, Missouri and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Later, he taught at Colorado College and continues to teach at the Bemis Fine Art Center.
Drew Johnson is the artist behind TechWears. Geek your heART out! TechWears searches the globe for the most beautiful recycled circuit boards available and transforms them into stunning jewelry, accessories, and collectable art. Each unique item tells the story of electronic waste and our connections to tech. Laser engraved customizations and group orders welcome.
Aaron Graves is a Colorado Springs native who has been featured in 40+ gallery exhibitions and is also known for his tailoring and fashion design along with costume builds for theater.
Lee Ann Nelson (through Annie’s Mountain Home by My Four Daughters LLC) uses upcycled materials to create woolen mittens (just like Bernie’s!) in three sizes, cashmere hats/headbands and fun Christmas stockings and cup cozies. She also has a line of mountain-inspired pet products including scarves, collars, leashes and toys as well as wooden leash hangers and elevated pet feeders.
Christy Yashur is the artist behind Victorian Crafts & Vintage Creations – offering beautiful and unique nostalgic items for any occasion! Many of her items are handcrafted from recycled vintage finds and materials, repurposed into beautiful décor for the home or for gift giving.
Tiffany Gunter is the street poet behind Writertype. When each of us notices our experience, poetry flows easily. Words may not flow easily, but the last step in poetry is the grammar. The first part is the life. Let your life meet my words. With the help of my typewriter, together we’ll uncover a poem under your feet or under your hat. I’ll start with empathy and wonder with you as my inspiration.
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