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It’s a family affair

Art in the Park artisans get support and help from family members

¤ Art in the Park

¤ 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

¤ West Lincoln Park

¤ Free

¤ 879-9008

Garrett Spencer is the youngest artisan to be juried into Art in the Park in the history of the event.

He is 11 years old and is a wildlife digital photographer from Jackson, Wyo.

¤ Art in the Park

¤ 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday



¤ West Lincoln Park

¤ Free



¤ 879-9008

“I do elk, moose, mule deer, white deer, lots of stuff,” Garrett said. “That’s just some of them. We go to Grand Teton National Park and around town (to find the wildlife).”

Garrett wanted to participate in an arts and crafts show to get his name out, and his booth will be a family affair at this weekend’s Art in the Park. His mother makes beaded jewelry with precious stones, his brother helps make the jewelry, and his father builds the frames for his photographs.

This year’s Art in the Park will feature 130 artisans who offer hand-crafted items made from metal, wood, leather, clay, fiber and glass. There also will be jewelry, fine art, photography and sculpture. Eligibility is limited to artists whose work is entirely of their original concept, design and execution.

Jenny Tseng, who is traveling from North Hollywood, Calif., also keeps her craft within the family. She makes slumped glass vases and tables with her husband, Jeff. Jenny’s mother, who teaches people how to make flower arrangements, came up with the idea to create glass vases. The Tsengs make their metal stands at Jenny’s grandmother’s metal shop.

Their creations are not sold in stores.

“I only do art shows because people appreciate more that you are the artist that designed it and made it,” she said. “Once you sell it to a store, who knows what they do with it, and at commercial shows, they could care less that you made it or not — they just want a bargain.”

Susan Owen will participate in Art in the Park with her daughter for the first time this year, and she said she is not in it for the money. Creating natural bath and body products is Owen’s hobby, and she sells her wares under her new company’s name, Mystic Bliss Creations.

“All of my oils are organic, and there is no animal testing,” Owen said. “Just family-and-friend testing. They make sure that you won’t swell up.”

She said she has done extensive aromatherapy res–earch to assign appropriate scents to specific moods.

“If you feel like you need to be awakened or stimulated, use a citrus scent, but if you want to relax, I would recommend a lavender or sandalwood scent,” Owen said.

She said she’s excited to meet new people and see their reactions to her products at the show.

Suzi Kull, who has been selling handmade baskets at Art in the Park on and off since 1994, has customers who track her down.

“They look me up, come say ‘Hi,’ tell me what they bought last year and are like old friends,” Kull said. “I remember a lot of them, which is strange.”

She said she enjoys getting to know her customers and her neighbors.

“Usually, I do these shows all by myself, which is hard, but not, because all the other vendors are so helpful and will watch your booth for you,” Kull said. “We are all in the same boat. And it’s fun to trade stuff, too.”


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