Dec 12, 2013
09:20 AM
Weekender

Make my day

Make my day

Sure, gift cards are nice. But what is more meaningful than a handmade gift crafted by a local artist? Noodle on that while you check your calendar for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, the dates of Tulsa’s seventh annual Indie Emporium.

This weekend’s event is the first holiday show for Indie Emporium and will feature 60 vendors selling handmade art, jewelry, clothing and gift items under one roof. This year’s venue in the Arts & Humanities Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA), 101 E. Archer St., brings the show full circle; the first Indie Emporium was also held in the Mathews Warehouse, though in recent years the event had moved to other locations.

Doors open at 7 p.m., Friday, and the first 50 guests will receive a “swag bag” of vendor treats. Guests can sample food from some of Tulsa’s best restaurants and participate in a crowd-sourced Instagram gallery exhibit, workshops and demos led by some of the hippest crafters around. Artist Chris Mantle — the guy behind the amazing buffalo paintings at Foolish Things coffee shop at East 10th and South Main streets — will paint live portraits (presumably of people, not buffalo).

Saturday brings a lineup of make-and-take craft stations from noon-4 p.m. — learn how to make a book page ornament with the Tulsa Library or a batik method from Funky Fabrics, among many other crafts — DIY demonstrations and live music from Matthew Feeds the Bears, The Palmers and Briana Wright. A handmade fashion show kicks off at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Visit www.indieemporium.com for more.

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