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It's an art show, a sale, and adullts-only -- because it all takes place in a Brooklyn tavern

RITA A. LEONARD - Brooklyn Park Pubs covered outdoor patio drew scores through the rain to the taverns fourth Art and Craft Bazaar. Drizzly rain didn't dampen spirits at the fourth Annual Art and Crafts Bazaar, hosted on the outdoor patio of the Brooklyn Park Pub on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. The September 17 adults-only show (because it was taking place at a bar) featured nine artists affiliated with the local community, and was coordinated by painter Nicolle Black. "I've been painting for about fifteen years, and developed these giclee canvas prints as a way to create affordable art for my friends," she smiled.

Stephanie Wagner, owner of The Lovely Rustic, displayed a collection of gold and silver chains hung with crystals and polished gemstones. Anna Rose Kelly offered a selection of pen and ink drawings and woodcuts, while "re-use artist" Katie R. Pichette presented a variety of dream catchers, T-shirts, necklaces, sketchbooks, and photos.

Jordan Stephens from Rose City Coffee Co. in Westmoreland sold bags of flavored ground coffee, while Michael Grubar of Muddy Fingers Art displayed ceramic mugs, flasks, bowls, and dinnerware. "I live in Woodstock, but my studio is on Stark Street," he observed. "I've been here every year since this event began."

Jewelry maker Christina Balesky shared a booth inside the drip zone with musician Heather Christie. Balesky displayed a collection of glass pendants, some embellished with living air plants. Christie also sold earrings and jewelry, but featured a colorful musical storybook and CD of "One Night in Frogtown", a musical for kids that is touring nationwide.

Booths and pub tables were under temporary tents, with live music provided by "Matteo & the Robbers". There was even a knife-sharpening demonstration put on by a professional, Yohhei Sato. A portion of the proceeds from the show, which was sponsored by Ross Island Brewery, was donated to Doernbecher Childrens Hospital.

Bazaar goers and Brooklyn neighbors took advantage of the Sunday evening festival to chat, drink, and snack with friends and local artists. While some visitors remained indoors to avoid the rain, most took time to visit the outdoor gallery and explore the creativity of local craftspeople.

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