This year’s War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair, October 15-18th, will be hosting numerous artists from all over the region. There will be a skillful combination of new and returning artists. Crafts will include handmade mosaics, framed artwork, birdhouses, ceramics, jewelry, bath and body works, pet accessories and many more. Read on to learn more about our returning artists and stop by their booths this Fall to check out all they have to offer! – Miss Millie
Peter Engler was a famous woodcarver who began selling his wares in 1962 at Branson’s Silver Dollar City theme park and founded the Fall Arts and Crafts Festival and the Ozark Mountain Christmas. Peter passed away in 2012, but his legacy remains.
Mary Bowman, Peter’s friend and business partner, is now the sole owner of Peter Engler Woodcarving and Design Shop. She has kept his dream alive by selling everything you need to begin the art of carving, such as wood, wood carving tools, and books, as well as Peter Engler’s remaining art pieces in Branson and at the War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair.
Anita Franklin with Anita’s Gifts & Collectibles:
After years of teaching and working as a geophysicist, Anita began painting full time and attending art shows. She’s shown her art at the War Eagle Mill Fall Craft Fair for over 30 years. Every year, she enjoys creating several new paintings and has a limited number of prints made of each one. Her husband cuts the mats and frames her artwork with wood found in the Ozarks. He also mats and frames memorabilia items such as stamps, old records, spots cards, and more. Stop at Anita’s booth to shop all her wall art!
After her father’s death in 1977, Chris and her mother found comfort in teaching themselves the art of ceramics. Chris continued to create beautiful ceramics over the span of 38 years and turned her love of crafting with her hands into a small business. Her artistic process begins with casting each piece with a liquid clay in a mold. The greenware is then fired to a temperature of 1,950 degrees in a kiln and then given an antiquing for a rustic primitive finish. Her pieces are best displayed in a garden setting. Meet Chris and shop her ceramics at this year’s event!
Tommi grew up making jewelry as a hobby. After receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business from Kansas State University, and with help from her mother and grandmother in the art business, she sold her first pieces of jewelry. She went on to sell pieces at Art Fairs and on her own website, and decided to make jewelry full time. Each of Tommi’s pieces is hand crafted in her home studio. She uses a variety of tools and mediums to create her jewelry, such as torches, drills, saws, files, enamels, precious metals, glass, and more. Each piece has its own creative and technical process, especially if customized for someone special. Make sure to shop and try on her stunning jewelry at the Fair!
After 30 years of experience in working with precious metal mediums, such as gold and silver, Jeff Brady and his wife, Alicia, decided to do try a new medium and work with leather and turquoise. Jeff designs the leather pieces while Alicia designs the beadwork. Together, they create exciting and unique jewelry. Jeff swears there’s nothing like it on the market and it feels great on the skin. Check out his video below showing how they make their jewelry from scratch. Shop their leather art at the Fair!
With the encouragement of her husband, Vanessa moved beyond trying to sell vintage home décor, a.k.a. old chipped dishes, on Ebay, to using these dishes as a medium for beautiful mosaic art. With a lot of practice, she began cutting the dishes while maintaining the beauty of their patterns. Her first project, she claims, was a disaster, but she was hooked and determined to keep practicing her cutting technique. She has developed a love for the craft and a signature style that combines vintage with new and functional forms that are as practical as they are beautiful. She can’t wait to sell her new pieces this year!
After receiving her Illustration Art Degree in London, England, Joy discovered the art of pottery-making. She enjoyed the idea of functional art that allowed her to bring together her love for clay and paint. All of her pieces are built from red earthenware clay and decorated by hand with creamy slips and glazes. She uses her handmade pottery pieces as canvases to paint little stories about her happy childhood and English roots. She refers to herself as an English gal who married an American musician and loves calling America home. See some samples of her pieces below and many more at the Fair!
Theraganics was founded by Stephanie & Jennifer Roudabush of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a mission to help those battling skin ailments. Experiencing their own stories of facial and body acne as well as children’s allergies, they discovered their handcrafted organic soap to work wonders. Many of their bath and body soaps are made with organic luxury base oils, clays, herbs, teas, and real fruits and vegetables. Make sure to touch and smell her samples this year!
Barbara Burns with The Knit Wit:
Arkansan, Barbara Burns, has been knitting up a storm for another exciting year at the Fall Craft Fair! Visit her booth to see numerous handmade scarves, hats, and other clothing, along with a variety of jewelry. You may even see her knitting in action!
Did you know that there are three shows happening during the October Fair? War Eagle Mill craft vendors are located on the Mill parking lot grounds. The Sharp Craft Show is located on the fields adjacent to the Mill and across the bridge is the War Eagle Fair Show. Enjoy all three from October 15th to the 18th!