Monday, April 16, 2012


All right, I'll admit it. I haven't posted on the blog for some time now-- mostly because it's been so hard to keep up with all the glorious new work we have in store for you!

As the Market at Serendip jumps head-first into spring, we've added some wonderful new artists, as well as brand new art from long-time favorites!

Here's a quick sampling of some of the newest work:
Leah Reynolds, Painter: whether its an original painting or a brilliant print, a painted flowerpot or a decorative switchplate, a handpainted necklace or a festive salad bowl, Leah's work evokes thoughts of faraway places and good times. Brilliant colors and a wide variety of subject matter are hallmarks of our selection of her work.

Decorative accents by Blue Water Home Decor/Ellen Byrnes offers pops of art for your home. She offers beautifully patterned throw pillows (for inside and out), and absolutely stunning mosaic wine buckets, serving trays, and more. Perfect ways to perk up your home decor!

Elaine Coifman, as OfAnEra Leathercraft, has installed a grouping of unique leatherware. From wall art to leather & chopstick baskets, to handmade journals, to serving trays and kitchenware... she's transformed everyday items into art with her artisan leathercraft!

Barry Stevens offers the beauty of nature transformed into even more beautiful art. You need to see for yourself the rustic wood tables, art and lamps made from antlers and horns, and his sandstone planters. You'll be surprised at how he's interpreted natural elements as home decor that will fit equally well in a log cabin or a contemporary downtown loft.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?"


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus? Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

With sincere thanks to my beautiful granddaughters: the Devine Ms. D and our new little AYngel;

to me, they are pure joy, true wonder, and my delighted hope for the future!

Happy Christmas, all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Hours for the Market at Serendip

The holiday shopping season has been so much fun for us at Serendip! Our customers have been wonderful, full of the joy of the season. We have wonderful art, crafts, and gift ideas from our long-term artists as well as some great new ones! Please stop by!

We've modified our hours a bit to try to accomodate all your holiday shopping needs. These are our operating hours for the happy holli-days ahead!!

Wednesday, 12/21 ***** 10:00 - 8:00

Thursday, 12/22 ***** 10:00 - 8:00

Friday, 12/23 ***** 10:00 - 6:00

Saturday, 12/24 ***** 10:00 - 3:00

***** Closed Christmas *****

Monday, 12/26 ***** 10:00 - 6:00

Tuesday, 12/27 ***** 10:00 - 6:00

Wednesday, 12/28 ***** 10:00 - 8:00

Thursday, 12/29 ***** 10:00 - 8:00

Friday, 12/30 ***** 10:00 - 6:00

Saturday, 12/31 ***** 10:00 - 3:00

***** Closed New Years Day *****

Monday, 1/2 ***** 10:00 - 6:00


Some time ago, reporter/writer Garth Bishop, who writes for Columbus City Scene magazine, said he was working on an article on unique gifts. He asked for some photos of Jim Burrowes' work. (His wife Jennifer Bishop is one of Serendip's photography members and he'd particularly noticed Jim's work when we last visited.)

It came to my attention today that we did get a mention in City Scene, so I wanted to pass it on to you all.

Hope you can check out this link and look at page 23--

Many thanks to Garth Bishop for his support of local businesses... and to woodturner Jim Burrowes for his sensational art!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


There are some very special events coming up at Serendip that are sure to make your holiday season one to remember!

Powell Night Out is December 1 from 5-8pm. Evening shopping in downtown Powell will be brightened by luminaries, and will include special sales and discounts from a variety of merchants. Serendip will offer refreshments and free gifts with purchase.

Don't be surprised to find Santa Claus strolling around-- he loves to visit Powell!

Serendip's private Customer Appreciation Parties will be held Wednesday, December 7, and Thursday, December 8, from 7pm-10pm-- you're welcome either night, or both. The artists of Serendip invite their friends and special customers to stop by for wassail & wine, refreshments and gift drawings, some special discounts, and a terrific shopping experience. Barbara Crockett will provide the music, you'll have a chance to meet the artists, and everyone will provide the fun!

On December 10, from 10-12; Andrea Gorzitze will offer a last-minute-handmade-gift class. This basic-level class will teach you to knit a fabulous ruffle-scarf, ready to gift or keep for yourself! The class is $28 per person; Andrea will bring several yarn choices for an additional $10-$25/kit. Bring your knitting needles, or Andrea will have some to borrow. Knitting experience or NO experience is fine. Just call Serendip to pre-register.

We're looking forward to celebrating the season with you. Please join us!!

Friday, November 4, 2011


The Market at Serendip has just introduced Sakura Bath and Body products. As the artisan, Michelle Lewis, says, "what woman doesn’t enjoy a spa experience?"

"I am a mother of four, three beautiful boys and my occasionally childlike husband. By day I teach Anatomy & Physiology, Biology and Cosmetology Science to over 100 high school students. Once I am home and spend some valued time with my kids and husband, I am ready for some ‘me’ time and that is what Sakura Bath & Body is for me. My childhood love of baking also inspires me – making bath and body products is like baking without the calories!"

Indulge in a delicious, skin-nourishing bath or shower with Sakura Bath & Body's Emulsifying Sugar Scrub, which gently exfoliates your skin while nourishing and moisturizing with rich oils and butters!

Sakura's Whipped Cream Soap is a smooth and velvety treat for your bath or shower! Enriched with Sweet Almond Oil, it is Vegan friendly and paraben free. Use a dab of this smooth whipped cream soap and it will turn into a creamy, foamy lather that nourishes your skin!

Goat’s Milk, Honey and Shea Butter lotion is a soft, smooth, light cream that will hydrate your entire body. This rich, creamy lotion will leave your skin feeling powdery smooth!

Spritz a little Refreshing Protein Hair Mist on your hair: it will remove tangles and nourish your hair, while providing a light perfume. Aloe, sea salt and collagen will hydrate and strengthenyour hair; it also boosts limp hair, by giving it more body and definition! For those with oily hair, Refreshing Protein Hair Mist is a perfect as a leave-in conditioner; while dry or coarse hair is revitalized by it!

The smoothing and refreshing sensations are amazing, and wait till you smell the fragrances! Sakura's Bath and Body line are indulgences for your senses!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


We just installed a fabulous selection of breathtaking yet practical handmade leather handbags by Tuscada!!

From small to large, the selection includes leather wristlets to clutches, hip bags and messenger style shoulder bags. These beautifully unique bags incorporate cow leather, deerskin, or hand dyed goatskin. Each purse design is dictated by the size, shape and contours of each hide, always keeping in mind the beautiful raw edges of each piece of leather. Many of these purses have a detachable 'flower', that can double as a hat pin or brooch.

You absolutely must come in to get one of these Tuscada bags for yourself, even before you think of gift-giving! Finely crafted, thoughtfully designed, and absolutely one-of-a-kind, these handbags are simply must-haves!