Last month I headed out to Hawthorne Hill Farm where throughout the season you will find a variety of hand crafters selling their wares. Hawthorne Hill Farm is located in southeast Wisconsin, not far from Milwaukee in the town of New Berlin. It’s a neat story actually. Wisconsin artist Bonnie Lynn turned an old barn that once housed horses and cows into a thriving shopping market and venue for art workshops and women’s retreats.
Each shopping market centers around a theme as do the art workshops. For example, the market I attended in May was called “Farmhouse Chic” while the market scheduled for this weekend is named “Rust, Ruffles, Restore” and I think I better carve out some time to attend that!
[I have to apologize ahead of time here. I had business cards for all of the artists I am featuring and cannot for the life of me find them anywhere. :-/ Most of the vendors I spoke with didn't have an internet presence but did state that they attend many of the local shows and usually return to Hawthorne as often as they can. If there's something in particular that interests you, let me know and I will see if I can contact the venue for more information.]
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There’s quite an array of different artists showcased, including this talented painter who turns bowling balls into beautiful lawn ornaments and boxes into works of art. See that watermelon? She told me that when someone cuts down a tree and does that initial V-cut into the trunk it creates a wedge of wood. She takes those wedges and paints them to look like watermelons.
I really enjoyed my visit to Hawthorne Hill Farm, but I did notice that quite a few of the vendors were not the actual artists. Everything pictured above is handmade (besides the picker’s booth), but there were a lot of buy/sell type vendors in attendance. So if it’s truly handmade you are looking for, ask first.
Definitely worth a look, so if you’re in the neighborhood!
By Amanda Formaro