Local vendors display creativity at Mart in the Park
The sixth annual Mart in the Park will be held on Saturday as part of Madison Discovery Day. The event, sponsored every year by the Madison Christian School, will host nearly 60 vendors in Library Park, and a great percentage of those vendors are local to the Madison area.|
Matt Swaney has been doing decorative metal art for about eight years, but started his Infinity business in Madison just two years ago. He has a background in manufacturing and has always done decorative art, but he saw the need for high end, durable metal art.
Swaney went out on his own and started Infinity. He goes to art shows as a vendor all over the eastern part of South Dakota, and this is his first year at Mart in the Park.
Swaney's art is well finished and comes in different colors and textures. He is willing to do unique and personalized metal art.
Somer Pickard started her business out of necessity as well. She got started with her business, Sparkle and Sass, when her first daughter was born and she couldn't find cute, girlie items. She decided to start making them herself and now, nearly six years later, her three daughters are the most sparkly and sassy girls in Rutland.
Pickard makes headbands, shoes, tutus, rompers, jewelry and much more. Her business motto is, "Everything you need to make that sweet and sassy girl sparkle!" This is her fifth year at Mart in the Park.
This will be Pam Chilson's first year at Mart in the Park. She started her own business, Extremely Unique Solar Lamps, in January. The title of Chilson's business sums up the beautiful solar lamps that she makes. "The very first lamps I made were a pair, but ever since then, every lamp has been different."
She goes to thrift stores and rummage sales to look for unique items, then adds new solar lights and a creative touch to produce her art. Chilson is also an author, and two of her books will be for sale at her booth, along with children's handmade play food containers.
Every child enjoys playing pretend, but the ultimate playhouse experience could become a reality for the winner of aplayhouse that is being raffled at the Madison Educational Foundation booth. Monica Campbell is amazed at the beautiful details of the Swiss style, fully furnished playhouse made by volunteers Gene and Margie Phillips. The 12x8x11-foot playhouse comes complete with beds, a table and chairs and dishes, and was specifically built to raise money for the Foundation.
The drawing will be held on Nov. 8 at the Foundation's annual Philanthropy Dinner, and the raffle tickets are $25. The money raised will go toward grants for teachers, enrichment activities for students, and scholarships.
Tim Dunn of Madison knows a lot about beautiful woodworking. Through his business, Cedar Creations by Tim, he makes cedar benches and planters.
Dunn uses the butcher block style, which generates a fancier, more beautiful piece of art. He has more than 20 years of experience in woodworking, but started his business just a year ago. He gained experience by working his way through school for a deck company in Illinois, where he is originally from. His benches and planters come in standard sizes, but he is willing to customize. He also creates bird houses and bird feeders.
April Cundy has definitely made a name for herself as a local artist. Cundy is 19 and has Angelman Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the 15th chromosome. Cundy is delayed in all areas of development. She attended Children's Care Hospital & School in Sioux Falls, where a teacher recognized her love of acrylic painting. The teacher began giving Cundy lessons once a week at no charge and has continued to do so for the last five years.
Cundy paints on a variety of items including canvas and wood. Instead of a paintbrush, she uses sponges, paint rollers, tire treads, feathers, bubble wrap and other plastic coverings. She will have cards, wood pieces, tables, chairs and bowls for sale, in addition to her canvas paintings. Her mom, Linda, has authored a book, "She Acts Very Different," which will also be for sale. This is Cundy's second year at Mart in the Park.
Mart in the Park starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Live entertainment, food and kids' activities will be available all day.