Monday, November 25, 2013

Updated live performance schedule for the 2013 BizBaz!

Catch these great performances while you shop at the Bizarre Bazaar - we have two stages running throughout the show!

Friday, November 29th

Upstairs Stage 
5-5:45pm: Mark Roberts
6-6:45pm: The Silos

7-7:45pm: Byron James and Christen Buie
8-9pm: Gloria Roach and Alonzo Beardshear

Downstairs Stage
5:15-6:15pm: Jupiter 2 and Friends (Maria Anthony/Megan Hurt)
6:30-7:15pm: Natalie Cox
7:30-9pm: Rachel Perry and Michael Bradley

Saturday, November 30th

Upstairs Stage
9-9:45am: Walt Babbitt and Friends
10-10:45am: Lana Maree Haas and the Sonic Mystics

11-11:45am: Deborah Pine and Mark Eldridge
12-12:45pm: Raghsidad Belly Dancers
1-1:45pm: The Heebie Jeebies

2-2:45pm: Darrell Lea

3-3:45pm: Barry Barnes and Earnest Zydeco

4-5pm: Pickett, Paull and Jeans

Downstairs Stage
9:15- 10:30am: John Thompson + Tuba
10:45-11:45am: Ardys Ramberg
12-1pm: Russ Kapp
1:15-2pm: Lana Maree Haas

2:15-3pm: Mike Corrigan
3:15-4pm: Rick Frydman
4:15-5pm: Moon Mamas: (Rebecca McAnulla and Lilly Mason)

Monday, November 18, 2013

BizBazBucks winners!

The winners of the BizBazBucks giveaway have been notified via email - congratulations to Jessica D, Linda F, Stacy C, and Jodi S!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Enter to win BizBazBucks to spend at the 2013 show!

Enter to win one of four $25 gift certificates to spend at the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar! 

How to Enter:

Go to the BizBaz Facebook page and select the Rafflecopter Giveaway App next to the photo albums at the top of the page (this only works in the desktop site, not on a mobile device), then follow the instructions - it's easy and fast!  You can enter up to three times by:

  1. Liking the Bizarre Bazaar Facebook page (required for entry)
  2. Sharing the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar Event on your Facebook timeline (optional and requires validation information)
  3. Tweeting about the giveaway - select the "Tweet" button in that option and the message is automatically generated for you (optional and requires validation information)

Four winners will be chosen at random on November 17, 2013 and contacted via the email associated with the winner's Facebook account to work out the details.  Gift certificates can be mailed out to winners or picked up during the show by the winners, depending on time constraints.

Go enter!

BizBazBucks! Guidelines

· The only people restricted from winning the giveaway bucks are artists who participating in this year's event. Past artists, family members of current artists, friends of current artists…all eligible. 

· There will be four $25 BizBazBucks gift certificates available to win in the giveaway. One gift certificate per winner only.

· The gift certificates given away in this promotion are valid for the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar only. If for some reason it isn’t used during this event, it is no longer valid and has no cash value.

· Each winning gift certificate is redeemable at one vendor only. Multiple purchases from one vendor are allowed and it can be used with other forms of payment if the total purchase exceeds $25. There will be no change given based solely on a purchase with the gift certificate; if the purchase is for $16 and the $25 gift certificate is used to pay for it, no change will be given.

· Not every vendor is required to participate. Winners intending to use the BizBazBucks at a particular vendor will need to inquire as to whether they accept them.

*A Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

BizBaz Performing Artists

The live performances at the Bizarre Bazaar add so much fun to the show!  We are still finalizing the details, but here is a taste of what you can expect to see on one of the two stages at the show this year:

Mark Roberts
The Silos (Tasha Haas, Debbie Goldberg and Iain Ellis) 
Byron James and Christen Buie
Gloria Roach and Alonzo Beardshear
Rick Frydman
Rachel Perry and Michael Bradley
Walt Babbit and Friends
Lana Maree Haas
Deborah Pine and Mark Eldridge
Raghsidad Belly Dancers
The Heebie Jeebies (Rick Frydman, Debbie Goldberg and John Lomas)
Darrell Lea
Barry Barnes and Earnest Zydeco
Maria Anthony and Friends
Natalie Cox
John Thompson and Friends
Ardys Ramberg
Russ Kapp
Lana Maree Haas and The Sonic Mystics
Michael Paul Trio
Mike Corrigan

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Artist feature: Betsy Keleher

Betsy Keleher is an artist who works with fabric, creating a variety of quilts, blankets and pillows.  She started sewing with her mother more than 50 years ago and continued to develop her skills as she got older.  About 15 years ago she started making pillows for graduation gifts and "just kept sewing".  Since then, she's expanded to quilts and blankets.

Betsy works out of her home, taking over the ping pong table in the recreation room as her main work station.  This will be Betsy's fourth year participating in the Bizarre Bazaar and she is open to taking custom orders. 

Betsy is working on a new website but can currently be reached via email at

Friday, September 13, 2013

2013 Bizarre Bazaar artist list

Don't you want to know what kind of fun, unique items you will be able to find at this year's show?  Check out the participating artist list on our website!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Artist feature: Cecilia Labora

Cecilia Labora is an artist who creates glass beads, components and jewelry. Her fascination with the beauty of beads and the opportunity they offer in creative expression began when she was a child. Cecilia worked in other mediums including batik, ceramics, drawing and pastel painting before making glass beads.

She took a class about 10 years ago, learning to work with the molten glass to create beads (referred to as flameworked or lampworked beads), studying under masters to hone her craft.

Cecilia creates from her home, working with soda-lime and borosilicate glass. She also incorporates metal foils, enamels and other glass embellishments to her beads. She then uses the beads to create one of a kind jewelry pieces, pairing the glass with metal chain and natural stones.

Cecilia takes custom orders and this will be her first year at the BizBaz. More of her work can be found online on her website and her Facebook page.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Artist Feature: Sophia Compton

Sophia Compton is an artist who creates wearable art.  She does silk painting that can be hung as artwork or worn.  She enjoys the brilliant colors the painting lends to the silk items and the creative freedom of the medium.  She adds that the receptivity of the silk to the dyes and its luster never ceases to amaze her. 

This will be Sophia's second year at the Bizarre Bazaar and also as a Lawrencian.  She is involved with the Lawrence Art Guild and Lawrence Creates.  Sophia loves being in Lawrence because she feels as though she is continually surrounded by the creativity of others.

She will be participating in several shows in the area this year - more of her work can be viewed online in her Etsy shop.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Artist feature: Desiree Warren

Desiree Warren is an artist who works with repurposed street sign vinyl on aluminum to make clocks and vinyl on found and repurposed papers and wood to make wall art.  She also creates stickers, vinyl decorated candles and vases, and greeting cards.

Desiree started creating this way while finishing up her degree in sculpture at KU, morphing into the work she does today over the last seven years.  She's been a clock maker since 2006 and works out of her home in Midtown KCMO. She loves to work with clients to create custom clocks.

Desiree adds that all of her aluminum is American sourced as well as her clock mechanisms.  EVERY PIECE of vinyl she uses is kept out of the waste stream because she shuffles through some very generous companies' scrap bins. 

This will be Desiree's third year at the BizBaz and she also sells her creations online, at regional art shows, and at m.a.s.h. handmade in the Westport area of Kansas City.  You can find more of Desiree's work on her website, her Etsy shop, on Pinterest, on Twitter (@EightyAcresArt), or on her blog, where she writes about her adventures in the Heartland, making art, and starting out as a 'picker'.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Artist feature: Kale Van Leeuwen

Kale Van Leeuwen is an artist who creates mixed media paintings.  He begins with photographs he's taken, edits them in photoshop, then prints them to tear apart and use in collages.  Once that is done, Kale paints directly on top of the collage and finally finishes them with a gloss varnish.

Kale has been painting all his life and earned a BFA at Pittsburg State University in 2003, but started this collage process in 2008. He does most of his work in his basement at home. Since the birth of his son in March, Kale has started creating children's art as well and has even written a book featuring that work.

This will be Kale's first year at the Bizarre Bazaar.  More of his work can be found on his website, his Facebook page, and in his Etsy shop.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Guest post: Rachael Sudlow / Lost Wax Casting

Rachael Sudlow is an artist who has participated for several years at the Bizarre Bazaar.  She is a creative metalsmith who also teaches classes at the Lawrence Arts Center.

One of the techniques that Rachael uses is lost wax casting.  She has provided information to share the process and some resources below in a guest post.

The process is also demonstrated in a video here.

Lost wax casting is how most typical commercial jewelry is created (most wedding rings are made this way!).  The piece starts as a carved wax model.  This is finished, smoothed and sized to perfection.  An example of some of my wedding bands can be seen being prepped here.

The waxes are then setup on a stick of wax called a sprue.  The sprue holds the ring in place and when the molten metal is poured, creates a pathway for it to flow into the design.  Many wax pieces can be cast at once. 

After the wax pieces are all mounted on a special rubber base, a steel jar is fitted over the setup.  The top of it is open and a special plaster mix called investment is poured in.  That it is left to dry out for a few hours.  The rubber base is then pulled off, revealing a formed pour spout leading to the waxes, which are now locked in place in the investment. 

The flask is put inside a kiln and heated up over a matter of several hours.  This burns out the wax, revealing a hole in the desired shape. 

The metal of choice (bronze, silver, gold, etc) is heated till it's molten.  At that point, the mold flask is pulled from the hot kiln, put on a vacuum table, and the molten metal is poured into the spout.  After a few seconds of vacuuming, the flask is pulled off, dunked in water and the metal piece is revealed.  The cast rings can be seen here.  LOTS of cleanup must occur after that. 

Those raw rings are then polished up and can be seen here.

Because of casting safety issues (we are dealing with molten metal and burning wax!), I do all my casting at the Lawrence Arts Center in their well outfitted jewelry classroom.  I teach jewelry classes there and am happy to share the process!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Artist Feature: Troy Richardson

Troy Richardson is an artist who hand cuts and sets his own gemstones.  He's been a student of gemology for years and decided that rather than purchasing gemstones, he should make them himself.

Troy shares his process for cutting and polishing a gemstone:

Once cut, he sets the gemstones in a variety of ways:

Although Troy has been cutting gemstones for a couple of years, this will be his first year at the Bizarre Bazaar.  He enjoys working with customers to create special orders, adding, 'If you are not creating, you are not truly living.'

More of Troy's work can be found online at

Monday, June 3, 2013

2013 BizBaz registration forms

The time has come...registrations have been sent out and should be arriving in the mail in the next couple of days!

A couple of things to think about when you get that registration form in the mail:
  • Remember, this part of our process is snail mail only.  We don't take any registrations online.  
  • We do start a wait list with all of the artists who don't get into the show so that as spaces open up for various reasons there are still opportunities to participate.
  • It's time for us to clean out our mailing list. This year we are including a form to fill out if you wish to stay on the mailing list but aren't planning to participate in the 2013 show.  If you send in the registration form or that "stay on the list" form, you will remain on the mailing list for next year.  We will retire our old mailing list at the end of this year and use the new one going forward.
  • Artists will be notified about participation by the end of July.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Check out the Bizarre Bazaar 2013 artwork!

Barbara Burket created the artwork selected for the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar - watch for both of her designs on the t-shirts and posters!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

2013 Call for Artwork!

2013 Bizarre Bazaar
Call For Artwork
Are you interested in creating artwork for the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar?

Every year, the chosen artwork is used for: 

  • Posters
  • Postcards 
  • Facebook, Twitter, and the BizBaz blog and website
  • Print Ads
  • T-shirts


  • 8.5” by 11” (vertical) paper
  • Black and white print
  • Keep in mind that artwork will be printed on t-shirts so fine detail does not happen very easily

Important information to include:
Bizarre Bazaar 2013
Friday, November 29th  5pm to 9pm and
Saturday, November 30th  9am to 5pm
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire

Other information you might want to include:
The one art show you never want to miss
Make a day of it! Come have Lunch, Unique & Unusual Art, Music, Bake Sale
Over 100 Artists

What you get if your entry is chosen:
Your art hung all over town, a pre-booked booth space for 2013 BizBaz, a free t-shirt with your artwork on the front and a chance to see your art on people everywhere!

Entries accepted through May 3, 2013
Mail a copy of your entry to:
Bizarre Bazaar  P.O. Box 3195 Lawrence, Kansas  66046

Please include your name, phone number and email contact information.

***Winning entry will be selected by the Bizarre Bazaar Committee.  If your artwork is chosen, we will then request a good copy for production.  Please note that we reserve the right to make minor changes (with your input and permission) for the purposes of readability and printing.***

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BizBaz blog icon for iPhone/iPad

It's time to start thinking about the 2013 Bizarre Bazaar!  Announcements about this year's show will be posted to the is an easy way to keep the site (which also has the links to FB, the BizBaz website, and Twitter) accessible if you have an iPhone or iPad.

These steps will create an app icon on your home screen that will take you directly to this blog to stay current on all things BizBaz.

Two important things to note if you want to do this:  You need to use Safari and navigate to the Bizarre Bazaar blog.  Since the view defaults to the mobile version, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the "view web version" link.

From there it's simple; select the little icon at the bottom center of your screen to share the website to social media sites or add it to your home screen to keep a link to that webpage just like any of the apps you use regularly.  Select "add to home screen", adjust the text to display as desired, and that's it!