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The Makery crafts artsy holiday event

Lilly Shaha, 10, works on a stocking decoration during open sewing at the Makery on Thursday, December 3, 2015.
Lilly Shaha, 10, works on a stocking decoration during open sewing at the Makery on Thursday, December 3, 2015. adrey@centredaily.com

Imagination and creation have no boundaries.

Instructors at The Makery know that, too.

The Makery is a creative collective of 10 artists who specialize in creative classes, parties and events for all ages. They will host the studio’s first Holiday Pop-Up Party, a curated, handmade artisan-shopping experience with a cocktail party atmosphere from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The Makery will feature 15 regional artists selling gift-able items with food, cocktails and live music also on the menu. The party will continue, minus the fanfare, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

“I think we’ve seen this type of model through the U.S. in bigger cities,” The Makery owner Amy Frank said. “It’s a different take on the traditional art show. We think people will enjoy socially responsible gift shopping, having a drink and a snack and meeting cool people.”

The event is also a step in the direction of Frank’s vision for the studio at 209 W. Calder Way. The artists recently launched The Makery in downtown State College after working for four years out of Boalsburg in the The Studio at Contempo.

She hopes The Makery becomes a hub for the creative community.

I really love the teaching aspect of it, and I think we all love teaching people a skill they probably wouldn’t otherwise have.

Amy Frank, The Makery

“We were so well received in Boalsburg that there was a need and desire for more folks to come for kids and themselves to create in a social, beautiful and fun environment,” Frank said. “Our studio in Boalsburg was sweet and cozy, but we were ready to grow, and we found this light and bright 1,800 square foot space. It’s like a blank canvas. The second reason we moved was because the student population is here.”

People of all ages, she said, can learn unique, modern arts, crafts and skills from The Makery’s 10 artists, who each have specialties ranging from photography and jewelry to painting and pottery.

Amy Frank’s first class had five girls.

Frank teaches modern sewing classes.

“I was doing arts festivals and things online, and over the years people asked me for classes, particularly for their kids,” she said. “A lot of parents thought it was a lost art and wanted their kids to learn to do it with their hands and not just be able to make something on the computer screen.”

The first class she taught had a handful of little girls.

“We pretty quickly scaled up,” Frank said. “We have what we call the Designer’s Club, in which we teach about 40 girls every week, and they have one sewing project at a time. Classes for the winter session sold out in about three hours, so the kids are really interested in this fun, creative space.”

The kids aren’t the only ones rewarded for their hard work.

“I really love the teaching aspect of it, and I think we all love teaching people a skill they probably wouldn’t otherwise have,” Frank said. “We’re giving them a way to express themselves, and we get to see how happy they are when they create something.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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