The third time, it turns out, is even more charming than you’d think.
The annual Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network Bazaar is set to return, once more taking over the community center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and bringing with it hundreds of creations in a myriad of mediums made by members — students and instructors alike.
More than 50 artists are slated to participate in this, the third annual bazaar, said BARN spokeswoman Carolyn Goodwin, offering up work in a multitude of disciplines.
“People at BARN just make so many different kinds of things,” Goodwin said. “There’s just a huge variety of different types of items available.
“The common denominator here is that everyone who is at the show is a BARN member.”
Art lovers and gift hunters are invited to peruse furniture, woven scarfs, fused glass, jewelry, prints, wood bowls, handmade clothing, silkscreened items, and much more.
“We’ve got 10 different studios that do all kinds of art, so that’s why it makes for such a varied selection of things,” Goodwin said. “Because there are people from all 10 studios, so you get just about anything that you can make with your hands.
“There are practical simple things like corkscrews and pens and just a lot of handmade practical things, aprons and silkscreened items, all the way to really fine art,” she added. “Prints and handmade furniture and wood turned bowls. A lot of glass art and book art.”
Even edible arts will be represented.
“There is food. We’ve got a woman who makes jam, who actually makes the jam at BARN,” Goodwin said. “A woman that makes granola at BARN.”
Admission is free and open to all.
Every one of the studios and the Great Room will be filled with work, and visitors can purchase items direct from the makers, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the individual artists.
Refreshments will also be served.
No registration is required to attend and limited parking is available onsite, or in the nearby First Baptist Church parking lot on North Madison, near the Highway 305 intersection.
As for the crowd, which Goodwin said has grown “dramatically” since the event’s first year, it also is a delightfully diverse array of serious art-seekers, quirky treasure hunters and curious browsers.
“I’d say it’s kind of a little bit of everyone,” Goodwin said. “Every year it’s more and more popular. People have just found such great things and they’ve all told their friends, I think.
“Every year it gets busier.”
BARN is a nonprofit community center for craft and invention. Its mission is to support an open, intergenerational community of artisans and makers who are dedicated to learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, craftsmanship and community service.
It includes artisan studios in Electronic and Technical Arts, Fiber Arts, Glass Arts, Jewelry & Fine Metals, Kitchen Arts, Media Arts & Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, Metal Fabrication, Print & Book Arts, Woodworking and Small Boat Building, and Writers.
To learn more, visit www.BainbridgeBARN.org.