Cincinnati debuts the Big Gay Craft Fair

A unique free art show packed with an array of beautiful crafts and plenty of joie de vivre will soon debut at Fueled Collective, a social club at the Rookwood Exchange in Norwood. The event is set for Oct. 26, 2019 from noon–6 p.m.

The Big Gay Craft Fair is sponsored by HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Cincinnati, a civil rights organization working to achieve full LGBTQ equality, and will also be a fundraiser for the agency.

The craft fair will feature 33 vendors who are local artists, artisans, and makers, and who are members of the LGBTQ+ community or identify as straight allies. Each vendor donates to HRC to participate in the event.

Among the vendors will be Monkey Girl Tie Dye, Magic of Ursula’s Closet, Amethyst Lane, Evil Twin Arts, The Jammery, Earrings & Whatever, Evergreen Accessories, Paper Acorn, Pawsitively Good Gear, Wooden Element, Art by Autumn, Paparazzi, I am Human, Shivering Volcano, and more. Fuel Collective will offer a cash bar featuring cocktails, mocktails, and soft drinks.

The craft fair is the brainchild of Nicholas Ball, who sits on HRC's Membership Outreach Committee. He envisioned a free event with a dual purpose: to nurture local artists along with raising funds to support the work of HRC in fostering equal rights for all.

Ball says the event is for folks who are looking for the perfect locally crafted gift for friends, family, or even for themselves. Also featured will be a raffle with vendor-donated items.

Fueled Collective, located at 3825 Edwards Road, #103 in Norwood’s Rookwood Exchange, is a private club offering a spot for professionals, creatives, and entrepreneurs to share workspaces and rent event and meeting spaces. Fueled Collective also serves as the presenting sponsor of HRC Greater Cincinnati.

The event has met with such an enthusiastic response, with several thousand people answering the invitation on Facebook, that the organizers are already discussing the possibility of making it an annual event.

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