Bloomington Handmade Market founders Mia Beach, Sally Harless and Nicole Wolfersberger saw the need for an artistic venue in Bloomington that would enable contemporary, emerging artists and crafters to showcase their wares at an affordable price. During the summer of 2009, the Bloomington Handmade Market was born and has been going strong ever since!
BHM is a juried show, meaning that participating artists are selected from a pool of applicants and notified a few months in advance of the show. In selecting artists, we look for artists and crafters that are creating quality, unusual work of a type that we don't often see in more traditional craft fairs.
Artists come from both Bloomington and around the midwest to participate, and we are always looking for new artists to apply! In the sidebar to the right is a list of links to artists who have participated in the past, and browsing these can give you a good idea of the types of arts and crafts we seek.
We hold BHM twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Admission to the show is always free and open to the public. The first BHM, in November of 2009 was held at the John Waldron Center for the Arts. With an unexpectedly high turnout of just over 1000 people, we knew the next one would have to be in a larger venue, so the Spring 2010 Market was held at KRC Banquets and Catering.
For more information, please stay tuned to our blog and as always, email us at bloomingtonhandmademarket AT gmail DOT com if you have any questions!