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Support local artists by shopping at this year's Artisan Show

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Community Papers of WNY | November 01, 2012

Holiday shopping can be exhausting, expensive and frustrating but if you stop by the annual Artisan Show, you will be more than pleased to see what you can find in one stop, for a great price.

Sarah Carr-Mansouri, owner of Dargonfly Studio and Salon, was trying to create an event that would showcase local artists and help holiday shoppers find what they needed. This was when she held a show selling just jewelry.

Last year, she decided to expand the products to sell and created the Artisan Show. This show attracted more than 200 people and helped highlight the talents and hobbies of several local artists.

Jewelry, accessories, woodwork items, knitwear, paintings and more can be found at this year’s show, which will be held from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Dragonfly Studio and Salon, 8290 Main St. in Clarence. This year is the second annual with extended hours. Carr-Mansouri found that last year’s hours, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., weren’t quite long enough and that people didn’t seem to have enough time to get through everything.

“We’re trying to get people to shop local,” said Carr-Mansouri. “I just think that within our community, it’s important to support each other. I think that’s what keeps our community strong.”

Every piece that you find at the Artisan Show will be handmade by a local artist and Carr-Mansouri was very strict about this. There will be 12 to 15 artists at the event. She would not allow any artist that purchased their products from out of the area and that weren’t literally handmade.

All products are of great quality and will make unique gifts for the holidays. To add to this, shopping at the show won’t break the bank. When choosing which artists to have at the show, she not only focused on the quality but the prices as well.

“I find that the pricing is so reasonable and that’s why I think it’s great. Everybody can afford to get something,” said Carr-Mansouri.

With the success of last year’s show and the hopeful success of this year’s Carr-Mansouri hopes to not only keep this an annual event but expand it once more. A summer show has also been considered. This would be very similar to the one held before the holidays but outdoors.

“I could definitely see us doing it,” she said. “I find that we have such a positive group of people here with such great energy and that just seems to grow. I could really see it going that way.”

Admission for the show is free and it is open all day so those who work will also have time to stop and do some local holiday shopping.

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