Each year, the Great River Folk Festival juries in some of the region’s most talented and creative crafters and artisans. The jury chooses quality, original, hand-made craft objects, rooted in the folk arts (but which may have evolved into contemporary forms!). This year, we are pleased to have partnered with Driftless Makers Exchange.
Our crafters include potters, wood workers, fiber artists, jewelers, glass workers and others. The work ranges from elegant to whimsical.
GRFF has partnered with Driftless Makers Exchange to bring more than 30 of the finest area artisans and craters to this year’s Fest. To celebrate this new partnership, the Great River Folk Fest is giving away a $5 coupon with each paid entrance to the Fest. This coupon can be used toward any purchase of $10 or more from one of our many craft exhibitors during the this year’s Folk Fest.
Unique arts and paper crafts designed and created by Barbara Kooiman
Lampworked Bead Jewelry, Minneapolis, MN
Cindy Mae Swee finds inspiration for her designs just about anywhere in the natural world. She makes lampworked beads which she enhances with encasing, dichoroic glass, 22k gold, and fine silver leaf.
She combines her beads with metals that she has
hammered, torched, and stamped; natural gemstones;
Swarovski crystals; quality metals; and a variety of
unique treasures she‘s collected on her travels
around the US, Europe and the Far East.
Hand forged jewelry inspired by the Mississippi River Valley and Driftless area. Also provides educational resources for other beginning metalsmiths. Based in Winona, MN - USA
EATT is a husband, wife and four dog woodland foraging and farming team.
They produce and sell seasonal dried herbs, mushrooms, teas and decorative goods.
All items are locally sourced and organically grown in Dresbach, MN.
Guy has been hand turning wooden pens, pencils, key chains, bells, letter openers, and magnifiers for many summers.
View his creations at www.northwoodspenworks.com.
Hand sewn crafts inspired by a love of music, nature, bright colors, and Wisconsin pride.
Unique artwork, home decor, and personal accessories made using salvaged and recycled materials. Providing handmade, ethically-sourced alternatives to mass-produced consumer goods.
Amazing, whimsical and at times dark fine art from La Crosse.
Fiber arts handmade by Opal Tulpo
An apparel brand that exemplifies the age-old adage, 'home is where the heart is.' From the bluffs to the prairies, we're proud of our roots in the Mississippi River Valley.
Acrylic canvas and other handcrafted gifts.
Beaded Jewelry, Trempealeau WI
Lake Garren makes beadwoven jewelry that is colorful and lustrous. She loves learning new stiches and she loves seeing other people wearing her creations. She enjoys the process of making lustrous beaded creations, considering it her meditation.
Landscape inspired weaving wearable fiber art
Woodwork-boxes, chess boards and bowls.
Woven rugs, Ettrick, WI
Nancy uses wool fiber because of its durability and richness of color. Her rugs are woven on an antique solid oak 1922 rug loom. “I believe the functional items in our daily lives should be works of art.” Excellent quality and unique design partner combine with durability to create fully washable functional art pieces. Nancy also creates hand dyed silk scarves and cotton clothing for adults and children.
“Scandinavian Subjects,” “Flowers & Fruit,” “Wisconsin Farms,” and more watercolors on note cards and prints.
Hand made soaps
Wood spoon art