Driftless Maker’s Exchange To Feature Art Both Unique And Meaningful

By Emily Pyrek
La Crosse Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “The Exchange”, developed in early 2017, is the creation of a group of women hoping to celebrate local artists while supporting those in need.

La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Joy Davis Ripley makes a dress like no other.

The cuts are simple, the fabric familiar, but the prints are one of a kind, captured by a lens and brought to life as wearable art.

The method, known as print on demand, is one Davis Ripley of Winona has been perfecting since fall 2015, when she aspired to find other uses for her photographs “besides just hang(ing) them on the wall.”

The results are garments both unique and thought provoking, with a dual purpose of fashion and philanthropy.

Original apparel by Davis Ripley will be among the many arts and crafts featured at the Driftless Maker’s Exchange, being held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Pearl Street Brewery.

The Exchange, developed in early 2017, is the creation of a group of women hoping to celebrate local artists while supporting those in need. Booth fees collected from the 20 participating artists will be donated to Pearl Street Brewery’s nonprofit Sprout for Kids Foundation, which benefits area schools, families and organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club and Hunger Task Force. In addition, many vendors choose to donate a portion of their proceeds to local causes.

Among the featured crafts will be jewelry, pillows, carved spoons, handmade lotions, poured candles, accessories, 3D metal works and handcrafted tools. Admission to the event is free, with entertainment by musician Amanda Grace and food for purchase.

“We believe in giving back to the community in every way we can,” Davis Ripley said. “The Pearl Street Brewery is the perfect location for such a show, where fine art, award-winning craft beer and talented musicians help create a family-friendly environment where everyone has a good time.”

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