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Northland female artists featured in fair

Vendors and shoppers mix at last year’s Woman-Made fair at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth. This year’s fair will move to the First United Methodist Church (Coppertop). (Photo submitted)

For six years Wendy Grethen has hosted “Woman-Made,” a fair that showcases regionally-made items by women in the Northland. In the past, the fair was held at either St. Scholastica or the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth. This Saturday the fair will move to a new location, the First United Methodist Church (Coppertop), 230 E. Skyline Pkwy.

“I think it’s good to bring together people and have a way to highlight some of the female activities relating to art,” Grethen said.

The fair will include items created only by women from the area. The items for sale include books by local authors, handmade soaps, jams and jellies, home decor pieces, artwork, jewelry, pottery, felted items and glasswork.

“I’m not aware of any other fairs that are female-only, and it is very much a fair,” Grethen said. “It’s a marketplace, compared to an art show on the wall.”

Grethen has her own booth at the fair, but likes to go out and visit the other booths more than stay by her own.

“People buy from each other as well. I comment that the same $20 moves around the room about eight times,” she said.

What Grethen likes best about the fair is the sense of community.

“It is a good community-building thing with the shoppers meeting the artists, the artists meeting each other. People don’t go in and out in five minutes; people tend to hang out more, talk to each other,” she said.

However, Grethen is aware that not everyone attending the fair will want to “hang out” and “talk more” and has taken steps to ensure the comfort of those who grow weary.

“I have chairs for the husbands who are dragged along and ready to go, but their wives aren’t,” Grethen said.

If you go

What: Woman-Made: Marvelous Things Made by Northland Female Artists

Where: First United Methodist (Coppertop) Church, 230 E. Skyline Pkwy.

When: Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.