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Tulsa’s Pearl District Makers’ Market

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TULSA, Okla. – Sometimes called the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, a Makers’ Fair is all about showing people how things are made, how to be a creator as much as a consumer. Tulsa’s Pearl District is having its 7th Makers’ Market Saturday, March 7, at the Oklahoma Equality Center downtown.

The Maker Movement is going strong across the U.S. and is a place where independent inventors, artists, designers and tinkerers get together to show what they do and help others learn from them. The Movement builds on the impendent and entrepreneur spirit important to the American dream, especially now in the 21st century of mass-production and rampant commercialism.

The Pearl District Makers’ Market has more of a focus on arts and crafts, as it will feature over three dozen local, handmade arts, crafts, goods, services and live music, poetry and performances. The organizers, however, are always looking for, as its website says, “Tulsa artists, crafters, tinkers, makers, doers, musicians, poets and more.”

Items being made and for sale include customized portraits, organic baby clothes and pillows, embroidered items, bone jewelry, handmade pottery, dyed goods and much more.

The Pearl District Makers’ Market began in 2013, when Eric Dean and Denali Gillaspie wanted to provide a way for the area’s artists and performers to showcase their work.

Famous Oklahoma poet Lauren Zuniga will be one of the performers, and other spoken word and musicians, including The British Invasion of Tulsa and Black Kat Benders, are part of the all-day lineup.

Zuniga is a three-time national poetry slam finalist who has performed her poetry all over the world. Her second book of poetry The Smell of Good Mud was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. She performs her poetry at all kinds of places, including prisons, shelters, churches, train stations and even on a city bus.

Mixed media artist Chasidy J.R. will be showing and selling her work, which combines painting, photography and poetry. She was recently named as a semifinalist for the RAW Natural Born Artist award.

Other artists include Ashley Chapman and Jennifer True from Crystal Pistols Boutique who make beaded, cold-forged, wire-wrapped, hand-stamped and recycled jewelry and accessories. They also make jewelry items for people on the spot.

Nicholas Jones will be talking about and selling his organic products, including sugar scrubs, organic lip balms and home made soaps.

The event takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center at 621 E. 4th St. There is a $3 cover charge and all ages are welcome and encouraged.

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