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Made by Hand draws hundreds

Published on: December 5, 2019

An estimated crowd of 200 shoppers turned out for the Made by Hand art show and sale Nov. 23 at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin.

Organizers say the second annual Made by Hand art show and sale, held Nov. 23 at the Firehouse Cultural Center, was successful on all accounts.

“It was festive, we had a good turnout and the visitors seemed happy,” said artist Dee Hood. “I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Beth Stein, the Firehouse Cultural Center’s event coordinator, agreed.

‘We had multiple vendors sell out of their products, and overall everyone seemed pleased,” she said. “All will be back for the third annual Made by Hand event next December.”

More than 200 visitors came to shop the handcrafted works of about 30 vendors, who sold handcrafted jewelry, sculpture, pottery, glassworks, paintings and more.

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Ruskin resident Debora Kinney shows fellow Ruskinite Debra Worster a handcrafted basket arrangement made by a member of the GFWC Ruskin Woman’s Club at Made by Hand Nov. 23.

Artist Margit Redlawsk, of Ruskin, shows off some of her holiday-related gift items in The Studio at the recent Made By Hand art show and sale.

Made by Hand shopper Penny Smith, of Wimauma, left, peruses the glass art of Anita Jimenez, of Tampa, at the Nov. 23 Made by Hand art show and sale.

Artist Linda Pieroth Smith, owner of MosaicSmith, stands beside her hand-fabricated silver jewelry at the recent Made by Hand event at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. LOIS KINDLE PHOTOS

Ruskin resident Dario Rodriguez, microgreens grower and owner of Sustainable Eco-Systems, chats with Kay Beren and her daughter Natalie of Apollo Beach at the recent Made by Hand event at the Firehouse Cultural Center.

Vendor Valorie Graves, of Sweet Pickens, stands behind some of the colorful recycled yard art and crafts she and her husband Dave made for the recent Made by Hand art show and sale.

Vendor Tina Marie McGlinn, of the C.A.T.E. Foundation, center, is surrounded by shoppers Dee Williams, left, and Kim Droege, both of Sun City Center. McGlinn sold Christmas wreaths and homemade breads at Made by Hand to benefit the foundation.

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