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Mainspring Vintage & Makers Market

Saturday, October 21st, 9 am – 2 pm // FREE

Mark your calendars for the annual Mainspring Vintage & Makers Market on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am – 2 pm at Mainspring in Caledonia! The market features amazing goods from local makers, vintage collections, live music and fall-themed snacks. This year’s market will also feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony for smallärt gallery, a project collaborating with the Mainspring Youth Art Collective and smallärt founder Mary Beth Magyar at 11:30 am!
The market will feature locally made goods from vendors including:
Art by Jacquelline
Confluence Craft & Co
Johanna Moldenhauer Art
Knot + Needle
Lathyrus Flora
Mainspring Vintage
Meraki Designs
Stone & Earth
Velvet Couch Candle Co.
Live music will be provided by Cass Magpie and Zeke Fitz!
This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to check out all of the family-friendly activities happening in Caledonia this weekend with the Hot Air Balloon Rally and Wild Turkey Fest! 

Mainspring Youth Art Collective

Upcoming YAC Meeting Dates, all from 1-3 pm: September 17; October 21; October 29; November 19; January 28; February 25; March 9. 

All meetings are FREE, snacks provided! All teens are welcome; registration is not required.

Mainspring is pleased to announce a free new program to create a fun and inclusive environment for creative rural youth in Southeast MN. The Mainspring Youth Art Collective (YAC) kicked off its first gathering on Sunday, June 11 and has continued to meet once monthly since. 

Mainspring hosts these monthly gatherings where teen artists can do hands-on art projects, learn from professional artists, and co-create programming and events. Mainspring will provide all art materials and snacks. 

Instruction will be led by professional artist and educator Mary Beth Magyar. Magyar has decades of experience working with teens in schools all over the United States, and is the creator of smallärt, a series of mini galleries similar in size and stature to a Free Little Library. These galleries allow a low cost entry point for emerging artists, and offer the public a free and accessible way to view a variety of art. Through the YAC program, YAC teens will work with Magyar to install a smallärt gallery in Caledonia!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Mainspring Community Quilt Project

The Mainspring Community Quilt Project is an ongoing series of events and community involvement that will culminate in a collection of Community Quilts that will function as sound-absorption panels for Mainspring’s performance hall. 

CLASSES & EVENTS: There will be a variety of classes offered starting in summer 2023 and going through fall 2023, including Introduction to Sewing, Introduction to Quilting, Quilting A Wall Hanging, and Hand Quilting. See below for class info & registration links!

COMMUNITY QUILT SUBMISSIONS: Community members can submit their squares for the Community Quilts starting July 21, 2023 and ending on October 21st, 2023. After that time period, the squares will be assembled into quilts that will then be used as sound absorption panels on the walls of Mainspring. We are looking for the following:

  • 10 in x 10 in squares
  • Mix of solids & patterns
  • All colors accepted, but special preference for color schemes using: blue, red,
    yellow, purple, and white to match Mainspring’s windows!
  • Submit your square(s) by Oct 212 by mailing to Mainspring (404 E Main St,
    Caledonia, MN 55921) or by bringing to any Mainspring event

Sun, Oct 15, 1 – 5 pm: Quilted Wall Hanging Workshop
Taught by: Lindsay Krage
Registration: $30-60 Sliding Scale Fee *Includes fabric, pattern, and batting.

Join us at Mainspring for a Quilted Wall Hanging Class – This class is geared toward beginner and intermediate sewists (some sewing experience is requested for this class). An instructor will lead you through the making of a modern wall hanging, and participants will leave with a finished product.

All wall hanging materials are provided (fabric, batting, thread, and quilting tools), however we ask that you bring a working sewing machine. If you have any quilting supplies you’d like to bring, feel free! 

More Events TBA for fall & winter 2023!

RADICAL QUILTING BEE – Date(s) TBA: This will be a moderated generative discussion around topics facing rural communities today, all while hand-quilting together. 

This project is made possible due to the Rural Regenerator Fellowship received by Mainspring Director Melissa Wray, through Springboard for the Arts – Fergus Falls.

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