NEW ULM — For shoppers visiting the John Lind House on Sunday, the atmosphere was just as much the attraction as the crafts, pottery and other art for sale. This historic home, built in 1887 in New Ulm by Minnesota’s former governor of the same name, was one of 20 venues opened up to the public this past weekend as part of the GnomeMade Market, a tradition held alongside the firearm deer opener weekend every November.
“It had started as a group of mothers that wanted to stay home with their children but they also wanted to earn an extra income. They were really creative, so they started putting together this show.” said director Mary Jane Glawe, one of the people responsible for organizing the city-wide event each year.
Kathy Covington is one of the founders of the group displaying their works at the Lind House, a venue they moved to 10 years ago, although this group of women have collectively sold their wares for 37 years. She does everything from pottery and stained glass to knitting and embroidery and is one of a dozen artists whose work is on display here.
“Everything in our place is handcrafted by us,” Covington said. “It takes a lot of work but it’s a fun group. We get people from all over the state who come to shop here.”
Larger venues, like the Women’s Expo and Craft Fair, held at Jefferson Elementary School, feature crafts and artwork from 102 vendors. Other venues this year included…