A Chat with Jackalope Art Fair Co-founder Sara Vausbinder

Apr 19, 2015

Jackalope_Fair_PartialOnce upon a time, three young women—Sara Vausbinder, Laura Fischer, and Melissa Shipley—worked together for an international arts organization. Their job? Creating art-centered events in major cities around the country. Now they’ve banded together, returned home to their native backyards (Pasadena, Phoenix, and Denver respectively), and founded the Jackalope Art and Craft Fair.

The Pasadena Jackalope Fair will debut Saturday through Sunday, April 25th-26th in Central Park.

Gleaned from the official website:

Sara stumbled into the arts scene though the Los Angeles music community.  She spent years managing local bands in and around the Los Angeles area and booking national tours for up and coming acts, under her company, Nine 12 Records.  She has coordinated art, music, and fashion events in and around the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas for years and has collaborated with many artists in the local LA art scene.  Sara also has a background in PR, working on projects with the Palm Spring Fine Arts Fair, Vineyard Touring Opera Company, and several other LA area ventures.  Fun fact: Sara loves sushi, Costa Rica, and Harry Potter.




We are appreciative that Sara found the time to answer some of our questions…

HP: How many vendors have you secured for this inaugural event? Can you provide a few specific names so we can lure readers to the event?

SV: In total, we have 262 vendors participating in the fair. Some of those vendors are sharing booths, and some have their own full booths. Some specific vendors to keep an eye out for are: Delusions of Grandeur with beautiful modern jewelry, Copper Mug Company with of course, handcrafted copper mugs, Bear Gallery with some really cool custom painted guitars, Coldwater Canyon Provisions jams, Squshies with some really cute plushie characters, beautiful artwork by the likes of Jen Duran, festival wear by Sacred L.A., and some really cool bath and body products by CeeCee and Bee.


Bath and body products by CeeCee and Bee

Bath and body products by CeeCee and Bee


HP: How has organizing this event challenged you, surprised you, inspired you, etc.? Anyone or any organization in particular that’s been particularly helpful?  

SV: Learning all of the ins and outs of producing an event in a public space in the city has had its share of challenges. The Old Pasadena Management District has been super helpful in getting us acquainted with everything and everyone. We’ve also received some great support from the local Pasadena area press outlets. We really appreciate the support and welcome that everyone has given us throughout these last few months of prep for the fair.

Right off the bat, we were surprised by the amount of talented applications that came our way. It was difficult to narrow down all of the wonderful talent into the final selections—luckily we had our jurors to help with that! It has been inspiring to see all of the different handmade items that are out there. There are so many vendors making the coolest stuff. It’s been really exciting for us to build this shopping experience, and we can’t wait for the attendees to see what all these vendors have in store!


Tarragon cherries by Coldwater Canyon Provisions

Tarragon cherries by Coldwater Canyon Provisions


HP: How would you describe your hopes for this event? What are you hoping it will achieve or be for this area, for the residents, the artisans involved, etc.?  

SV: We’re really hoping to stick to our mission of bringing a community meets artisan event to the city of Pasadena. We want to encourage the residents who visit our fair to shop local, and also encourage the shoppers who have traveled to be at our fair, to go check out the sights in and around Old Pasadena while they’re here. Being in such a central part of the city, we’re happy that there are opportunities for our attendees to go grab a bite to eat at some of the neighboring restaurants if they need a shopping break.



HP: Besides the vendors, will there be food trucks or booths or carts, entertainment or music?  

SV: In addition to the vendors with their goods for sale, we’ll also be hosting a series of workshops throughout the entire weekend. All of the workshops are free for participants.

For adults, we have DIY skin care workshops presented by Handcrafted Honey Bee, essential oil blending by Frisky Fish, terrarium building by Maker’s Kit, natural dye demonstrations by Kristin Amber Morrison, and wire wrapping by The Glass Studio.

For kids, we have free face painting by UrbanSitter, DIY beaded bracelets with Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, a kid’s crafting corner presented by SoCal Etsy, canvas painting with Color Me Mine, a sewing class for kids with Common Thread, and art classes with Space Arts Center.

Editor’s note: See below for full workshop schedule.



Jackalope Art & Craft Fair
Saturday-Sunday, April 25th-26th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave at Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena 91105
Free admission and free workshops
For complete details & list of vendors, visit


Emily Akers' Candle Stash of L.A.

Emily Akers’ Candle Stash of L.A.



Joining us on April 25th & 26th in Central Park, Pasadena!

Saturday, April 25th:

All day: Kid’s Crafting Corner presented by SoCal Etsy Guild
All day: Complimentary face painting for kids presented by Urban Sitter
1:00pm – 3:00pm DIY Beaded Bracelets presented by Leanna Lin’s Wonderland for Kids and Adults
3:00pm – 4:00pm Canvas painting with Color Me Mine
4:00pm – 4:30pm Clay Mask Tutorial and Making presented by Handcrafted Honey Bee
4:30pm – 5:00pm Lava Lamp Lip Gloss Tutorial / Salt Kit Tutorial by Handcrafted Honey Bee

Sunday, April 26th:

All day: Kid’s Crafting Corner presented by SoCal Etsy Guild
11:00am – 1:00pm Kid’s Art Classes, Cut and Paste Session presented by SPACE Arts Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Sewing Workshop for Kids presented by Common Thread
2:00pm – 3:00pm Essential Oil Blending Workshop presented by Frisky Fish
3:00pm – 4:00pm Terrarium Building presented by Maker’s Kit
4:00pm – 5:00pm Natural Dyes Demonstration by Kristin Amber Morrison
5:00pm – 6:00pm Wire Wrapping presented by The Glass Studio

*There is limited space in each workshop.  To register for a workshop find a signup sheet located at the workshop area on the day of the fair to make sure you won’t miss out!




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