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To market, to market with upscale artisans

Caramie SchnellVail, CO, Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyFour Seasons Boutique market director Kristi Pittman arranges items that are part of the upscale gift market. The first market is Saturday at the Singletree Community Center.

Four Seasons Boutique, a seasonal market which kicks off Saturday at the Singletree Community Center, is different, market organizer Kristi Pittman said.The vendors are mostly small niche businesses with upscale products and need a high-end market environment where their goods can be sold and relationships built with long-term clients. The valley is full of talented artisans and we are proud to be able to have them part of our show, said Pittman, who sells home decor, entertaining and cooking products from her home in Eagle Ranch. Pittman attended similar shows in Dallas, where she used to live, she said.Over the next three weekends, the shows will bounce around the valley on Oct. 27 the Cordillera Valley Club will host the event and for the largest show, on Nov. 3, nearly 35 vendors will fill Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.Weve outgrown the small market concept almost immediately, Pittman said. Hopefully, if we can make things work, we plan on using Donovan Pavilion in Vail in the spring since it can accomodate more people.From handmade jewlery, to personalized, monogrammed stationary, soap and candles, high-end womens golf clothing and even gourmet organic cupcakes, Pittman said that the artisans at the show will be selling high-end, unique products.We have a girl that does handmade Santas to me theyre my favorite thing in the show. She incorporates family heirlooms into the pieces she makes. Two girls have childrens products a few clothes, but mostly great gifts, baby bags, burp clothes and bibs, all homemade. If you go …What: Four Seasons Boutique, an upscale gift marketWhere: Today at the Singletree Community Center; Oct. 27 at the Cordillera Valley Club; Nov. 3 at the Brush Creek Pavilion.When: All the shows are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.More Information: Call 328-1177.Artisan artifactsSloan Munter, a local jewelry and textiles rep, is one of the vendors participating in the show.Initially when we were talking about a market, we decided it would be for high end vendors that would be unique and out of the ordinary, Munter said. We were going to offer the community an opportunity to be able to look and shop for things they dont see everywhere.Munter will be selling a few of the lines she represents at the show, including one-of-a-kind jackets, scarves and hats by designer Tash Wesp.Shes from Oregon and she does this cool thing called felting. She handdyes all of her wool and then she uses silk, which she weaves in the wool.Another line, called Jada Designs, features jewelry pieces fabricated from antique artifacts that Munters grandmother brought to the U.S. from China.She was one of the first people to be allowed to bring out artifacts from China in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Munter said. Using her pieces and other finds, weve been able to create one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, chokers and rings.Each piece tells a story, Munter said Maybe one piece will have an artifact on it that was used as a medical tool. I have Pis, which are a symbol of life and good fortune. Some of my pieces have locs, which were passed from generation to generation and offered as a newborn blessing.Along with the vendors, Edwards Wildflower Farm will decorate the entrance and create a picture-perfect scene for the first and third show, Pittman said. The Singletree event will feature a harvest theme, while the Brush Creek show will be a winterscape scene.I wanted to create a picture scene where people could come, bring their kids and take holiday photos. Thats a big part of what made the markets in Texas successful it was such a family affair.Arts & Entertainment Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or

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