One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart

December 4, 2008 9:44:10 AM PST
The Merchandise Mart is hosting two exciting shows this week? a hugely popular shopping event and an artist exhibition from Thursday through Sunday, December 4-7. Shoppers, who don't usually have access to the Mart, will have the fantastic opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind handmade creations at the eighth annual One of a Kind Show and Sale. They'll also discover and obtain interesting and affordable art directly from a talented group of artists at The Artist Project. The One of a Kind Show and Sale, Chicago's most exciting holiday shopping show and fine art and craft festival features original work from more than 500 juried artists and artisans from across North America. Visitors can meet the artists, learn the stories behind their work and shop the best in fine art and fine craft. The One of a Kind Show and Sale will showcase more than 60,000 square feet of unique painting, sculpture, glass, photography, ceramics, jewelry, wearable art, furniture and gourmet treats.

In addition to featuring exceptional fine art and craft, the One of a Kind Show and Sale also will present fashion shows, artist demonstrations, live music, gourmet cafes and a family-friendly atmosphere.

The hugely popular One of a Kind Show and Sale has continued to grow over the years. For the second year in a row, the show will open at noon on Thursday for an extra day of shopping with 100% of Thursday's ticket sales benefiting Children's Memorial Hospital. In addition, several exhibitors will donate a portion of their sales from opening day to Children's Memorial Hospital.

The Artist Project is designed to give independent artists worldwide an opportunity to gain exposure to an important group of collectors, galleries, art enthusiasts and designers. The Artist Project will feature original work from approximately 50 artists working in 2D, Mixed Media, Photography and Sculpture.

Tickets are $10$ and include admission to both shows; they are available online at www.oneofakindshowchicago.com or at the show. For more information, visit the website or call 800-677-MART

SHOW LOCATIONS DATES AND TIMES:

The Merchandise Mart
7th Floor: The Artist Project
8th Floor: The One of a Kind Show and Sale
800.677.MART (6728)

Thursday, December 4; 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday, December 5; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, December 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

"ONE OF A KIND" and ARTIST PROJECT MERCHANDISE SHOWN ON ABC 7

Jonathan's Spoons

Cat Tail Salad Set
Description: Handcrafted cherry wood spoons. Part of the Wild and Crazy spoon collection, the Cat Tail Salad Set is the perfect gift for the cook or host on your list. Price: $42

Orange Beautiful

Lattice Line Boxed Sets
Description: Cards are 3 5/8 x 7 1/4" in size when folded. The box is letterpress-printed. Perfect for all-occasion greeting cards. Price: $18

Chel...Domestic Goodies

Household Harvest Apron
Description: Chel's apron in bright colors and a vibrant pattern makes the mundane fun. 100% cotton. Price: $32

Household Harvest Gloves
Description: Chel's gloves in bright colors and a vibrant pattern make cooking and cleaning fun. Cuff is 100% cotton and glove is rubber. Price: $18

Bo's Art Studio

Papagena Handbag
Description: The Opera Collection is a truly unique line of handbags and accessories imagined and handcrafted of stainless steel mesh by Lukasz and Bozenna Bogucki in their Los Angeles studio. Several grades of stainless steel wire mesh are used: from the fine one with the appearance and feel of silk to the rigid one with more industrial look. Other effects are achieved by various treatments involving ultrasounds, high temperature, pressure, etc. Price: $192

Dalila Handbag
Price: $270

Dailey Woodworking

Winged Bowl
Description: Each bowl is hand made into a beautiful shape and turned in such a way as to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. Price: $250

Simple Treasure Jewelry by Maureen Fagan

Floating Hammered Circle Pendant with Topaz Stones
Description: The pendant is on an 18 inch chain and has three silver hammered circles with topaz accents. Price: $50

Amethyst Dangling Drop Earrings
Description: These earrings have an amethyst drop stone and two chains dangling from them. Price: $48

Cascading Topaz Drop Earrings
Description: These earrings have topaz briolettes in a beautiful long drop design great for a night out, New Year's Eve, or a wedding celebration. Price: $65

Elements by Jill Schwartz

Queen for a Day Celebration Box
Description: This shadow box comprised of different compartments, filled with nostalgic tidbits that represent a woman's right to possess beautiful things. Hang on a wall or set on a shelf. Price: $32

Rare Bird Celebration Box
Description: This multimedia shadow box celebrates the uniqueness of the "rare bird" in everyone. Hang on a wall or set on a shelf. Price: $32

Green Flower Ring
Description: Vintage graphics captured in beveled glass surrounded by Gold lace metallic appliqué. Sterling silver plated band. Price: $50

Baa Baa Zuzu

Flower Pin
Description: The brooch of layered petals in felted wool is the perfect accessory for jackets, sweaters, bags, and hats. Founder, Sue Burns uses recycled woolen garments to create clothing and accessories, all based on her original designs. Price: $16

Circa Ceramics

Cylinder 'Sharperner'
Description: Porcelain slip cast piece, painted background, screen printed image. Chicago-based Circa Ceramics is a two person studio (Andy Witt and Nancy Pizarro) that specializes in fun and functional ceramics. Price: $70

16oz Cup 'Starmite'
Description: Porcelain jollied piece, painted background, screen printed image. Price: $35

16 oz Bowl 'Speedy Delivery'
Description: Porcelain jollied piece, solid colored glazes, screen printed image. Price: $30

Tile 'Empty Cage'
Description: Porcelain pressed piece, painted background, screen printed image Price: $25

Jason Brammer

Time Machine XVIII: Dawning The Future
Description: 12" x 12" (canvas size); 30" x 27" (full size, including tubes and attachments). This is a painting from Brammer's "Time Machine" series. The aim of this series is to give the impression that they were built in 1901 by a time traveler and then discovered decades later. For this piece, Brammer painted the image on a canvas using acrylic paint and plaster, and then attached antique hardware and tubing to the edges of the canvas. The inspiration for this painting is one of optimism because it gives the viewer a glimpse into a clear future with Cerulean blue skies and a warm sunrise at dawn. Price: $1200


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