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As I’m sure you all have noticed lately, Evelyn Brooks Designs has been at A LOT of arts and crafts shows and festivals.

I LOVE going to these shows and festivals, not only because of all of the new people I get to meet, but because I also get to meet other artists from the area and all over the U.S.

These past few weeks, Evelyn Brooks Designs participated in the 2013 Spring Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show and the 2013 Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival with other artists — artists that were considered as vendors to the show coordinators.


Grape Vineyard earrings perfect for the Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival!

But what’s the difference between vendors and artists, or are we one in the same?

In my old October 2010 issue of Sunshine Artist, letters debated whether or not it is correct to call artists “vendors,” or vendors “artists.”

In the letters, people said that calling artists and craftspeople “‘vendors’ doesn’t give them the respect that they deserve.” Others even said, “I’m an ‘artist,’ a ‘craftsperson,’ or at the very least, an ‘exhibitor,’ but please don’t call me a ‘vendor!'”

Bracelets, bracelets, and of course, more bracelets!

But then others were more relaxed about using the term “vendor” to refer to people like myself, who are artists and exhibit at many shows and festivals. To them, “vendor” meant “vendor” or “one that sells,” because let’s face it — that’s what we’re doing!

I consider myself an artist, but I also realize that I am a vendor…but which one I would rather be called?

Artist. Hands down.

Because that is, to my very core, who I am. I do not make unique jewelry JUST to make sales.

I make jewelry to make a difference. To give my culture a voice through fashion. To give good luck. To make a difference in our environment. To make my family proud. These are the reasons why I create, and why I should be referred to as an artist.

Will I take offense to being called a “vendor” at a show. Of course not! But if that was the only way people talked of me, then I have a problem with being called a “vendor.”

But no matter what people refer to me as at shows and festivals, I know that I’ll at least be making connections with some amazing PEOPLE — shoppers and artists and vendors alike! Which, everyone, is the most important part of being a part of arts and crafts shows.

Yes, I admit, sales are important. But listen when I say that the connections you make with other artists, vendors and shoppers is priceless compared to making a sale.

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with Evelyn Brooks Designs, and find out where we’ll be showcasing jewelry next!

Sincerely, Evelyn Brooks

For over 25 years, the Town of Occoquan (located along the Occoquan River) has been hosting their annual Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show, and this year, Evelyn Brooks Designs will be a part the show!

We will be there showcasing our huayruro seed collection, as well as a few jewelry collections created with precious gemstones and sterling silver.

For the past two decades, the Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show has featured hundreds of local artists, and the show also showcases the town’s rich history in Virginia.


And alongside the artists at the show, musicians will be performing at the Coffee House of Occoquan and at the end of Mill Street for your enjoyment.

The whole art show will take place this weekend, June 1-June 2. On Saturday, booths will be opening at 10 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. Sunday will be opening at 10 a.m. and ending earlier at 5 p.m.

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We can’t wait to be a part of the Spring 2013 Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show, and we hope to meet many new, friendly faces while showcasing Evelyn Brooks Designs’ collections!

And we also hope to see some familiar friendly faces at the event, so if you’ve got a free weekend, be sure to give us a visit at the Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show!

The show will be at:

314 Mill St, Occoquan, VA                       

Can’t wait to see you all this weekend! And stay updated about the event by following out Twitter and Facebook pages!


Evelyn Brooks