Friday, March 8, 2019


Meet Marissa Barnhart of emByMarissa...
I’ve always been artsy and crafty, but I never considered selling my work until I began creating daily. I was going through a rut in life — I was recently graduated from college and having difficulty finding jobs in my field, and I was feeling really disheartened. I usually turned to writing or drawing, but I had developed carpal tunnel in my hands, and it was affecting several areas of my life. My happiness has always been linked to my creativity, and I was feeling stunted and frustrated. When I discovered fluid art, my creativity was reignited. This is an art form that’s not only fun to do and mesmerizing to look at, but also is easy on my hands. And I can create more often. I’ve been painting and selling as emByMarissa for nearly a year.
Art has been an escape for me since I was young. I’m only 25, but I’ve experienced a lot of hardship. Growing up, I was subjected to abuse, domestic violence and, for a while, poverty. Those experiences led to a lot of anxiety and depression throughout my adolescence and adult life. Creating is my therapy. It’s how I heal my soul. Whenever things start to pile up and feel like too much, art saves me. It’s one of the biggest blessings in my life, and I hope I can bring joy and some form of healing for people who enjoy my work.
I’ve always been fascinated by how things are made, and I have to try it for myself. From painting to paper quilling to sculpting to knitting, there are few art and crafts I haven’t tried. And because it’s cathartic for me, I keep going and continue exploring new art forms. I’ve recently added more resin art to my inventory, and I’m excited to introduce my new pieces. This will be my first show with the Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase my work.
In the future, I would love to open an art studio and hold classes and dedicate time for art students and other artists to work in a safe space. One thing I hear a lot is, “I’m not artistic; I could never do that.” I’m a strong believer that if someone is passionate enough about something, even if it currently requires skills that aren’t currently in their toolbox, they can develop those skills and become an expert. There’s nothing that people can’t learn. Trial, error, determination and an open mind are key. I want to create a space where I can continue my own art journey while also encouraging and promoting others.

Meet Gina Dean of Mamma G’s Gourmet Caramel Corn…
My name is Gina Dean owner of Mamma G's Gourmet Caramel Corn. I am a mother of four who recently went through a divorce and needed to figure out a way to support myself and still keep the time for my children that I wanted and needed. I started my business in November of 2018, although I had done a few crafts shows in years prior. This show will be my first Avant-Garde show. I look forward to showcasing my product and meeting other like-minded creators.
My children are an inspiration behind my caramel creations. I love to take all the goodies I make for my them and turn them into caramel corn. I have always loved to create things and cook I just put my own twist on it to make my creations unique. I discovered that people love delicious and unique homemade items so I just added that uniqueness to my caramel corn. I also get my inspiration from my love to cook and create. My children, family, and friends also have given me ideas and suggestions that I then figure out how to turn into caramel corn goodies.

I hope to become a household name known for my delicious unique caramel creations. I have been showcased at Duma Meat's Market in Mogadore in November and December. You can also find my product at Erie Island Coffee shop in Rootstown. I have my first wedding shower coming in May along with all the shows I am doing. My message to everyone is it's never too late to follow your dreams. If you do what you love the sky is the limit! 
2019 Chagrin Falls Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday 
 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday
Federated Church- Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Road

Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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