Craft Shows in Notre Dame, Indiana

by Lena Freund
Watercolor paints are among the media used by South Bend's artists.

Watercolor paints are among the media used by South Bend's artists.

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Located in the South Bend area of Indiana, Notre Dame is home not only to St. Mary's College but also to dozens of artists working in genres from jewelry and home furnishings to watercolor painting and pottery. While St. Mary's College hosts an annual holiday craft show, there are several other arts and crafts show that occur in the South Bend area throughout the year.

St. Mary's College Christmas Craft Show

Every year, St. Mary's College's Office of Civic and Social Engagement hosts a Christmas Craft Show. The event takes place on St. Mary's College's campus in Notre Dame, Indiana, and raises funds for a program called Twelve Days of Christmas. Also run by the office, the program purchases and distributes holiday gifts to local needy families. The craft show itself features artists from the Notre Dame community who work with all types of media. For example, one artist fashions glass necklaces imprinted with empowering slogans while another creates letters and words using flowers.

Shipshewana On the Road

Shipshewana On the Road is a traveling craft show started by Darrell and Julie Lepper of Michigan in 1992. Since then, the show has expanded to include 15 to 20 shows every year in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. One of those Indiana shows occurs in South Bend. Each show lasts two days and, in each show, local vendors gather and sell their crafts to the public. These crafts can be furniture, home décor, jewelry, clothing, food or toys. Shows always take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kris Kringle Craft Show

The Kris Kringle Craft Show is another Christmas craft show that is held in South Bend in November. More than 50 artists attend and all types of crafts are represented at this holiday craft show, including basketmaking, furniture, glasswork, clothing, jewelry, woodwork, photography, ceramics and Christmas crafts. A donation of a canned food item will earn visitors a ticket in the raffle for a $20 gift card. There is also food available and a bake sale.

Leeper Park Art Fair

The Leeper Park Art Fair takes place annually in Leeper Park, just outside of South Bend. Judged in the top 200 art fairs in the United States by Sunshine Art Magazine, the fair features artists working in many different artistic media, including jewelry, watercolors, pottery and photography. Artists must submit applications to participate and will be judged throughout the fair. Awards are given out to artists at the end of the fair.

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