The Artisan Group Gifts Celebrities at a Luxury Gift Lounge Honoring the Nominees and Presenters of the 84th Annual Academy Awards on February 24-25, 2012 in Hollywood

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Attending celebrities received a charming collection of handcrafted gifts valued at over $1,300.

The Artisan Group

"Your artists are mostly women-owned businesses? How empowering! I think it's just wonderful what you're doing here. All of this is just beautiful!" -- actress Marcia Gay Harden

The Artisan Group, an elite collective of nearly 800 small-business entrepreneurs, was recently a sponsor at GBK's Luxury Gift Lounge honoring the 84th Annual Academy Awards Nominees and Presenters on February 24-25, 2012 at The W Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Attending celebrities received an exclusive swag bag containing a collection of handcrafted jewelry, spa and bath products, fine art photography, journals, hand-poured candles, designer stationery, and other accoutrements valued at over $1,300. Members of the press and media also received an assortment of handcrafted products.

Many Oscar nominees and presenters attended the event including Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (“The Descendants”) Melissa McCarthy (Best Supporting Actress nominee, “Bridesmaids”), Max von Sydow (Best Supporting Actor nominee, “Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close”), Siedah Garrett (Best Original Song nominee, “Rio”), and Wendi McLendon-Covey (Oscar Presenter, “Bridesmaids”). Other notable celebrities included Ken Davitian (“The Artist”), Dermot Mulroney (“The Grey”), Marcia Gay Harden (“Damages”), Penelope Ann Miller (“The Artist”), Sugar Ray Leonard, Kevin Nealon, Penny Marshall, Cloris Leachman, Teri Polo, Colin Egglesfield, and Hector Elizondo, among others.

The Artisan Group also gifted many worthy charities at the event: {The Worldteam Foundation} - founded in 2006 to combat human trafficking; {HollyRod Foundation} - dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease; {Drawing for Hope} - uses art to join thousands of sexual assault survivors from every state in the U.S. and 150 other countries into a healing community, and lastly; {The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation} - whose mission is to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile Diabetes.

Valerie Guerrero of The BeezKneez Designs (The Artisan Group’s Founder) gifted a collection of designer stationery with envelopes.

Nikki Cutro of 13 Black Cats Designs, (Managing Partner) gifted Carousel Horses Stationery sets.

Tina Allen of Tina Dean Designs gifted Eco Petite Pocket Purses.

Renee Andriole of Renee Andriole Designs gifted sterling silver Mended Heart Necklaces.

Nancy Anderson of Nan Gates Designs gifted Peacock Feathers Coin Purses.

S. Michelle Babcock of SMB Studio gifted Water Garden Bassetaille Pendants.

Kristi Baker of The Nib and Quill gifted small Coptic Journals.

Jennifer Berube of Elegantly Eclectic gifted hand-beaded, wire-wrapped Coffee Scoops.

Michelle Bousley of OC Styles Creations gifted Organizer Notepad Clutch Journals.

Deborah Carducci of Villa Lusso gifted Italian Candles and Body Lotions.

Crystal Lynn Collins of Crystal Lynn Photography gifted sets of fine art photography greeting cards.

Joanne Culbreth of Happy Moose Garden Art gifted mini Dragonfly Hand-painted Flower Pots.

Sandy and Stevie D’Andrea of Jewels For Hope gifted Swarovski Crystal bracelets.

Andie Dietz of Java Jane Designs gifted black and white LOVE Letters prints.

Kathryn Doll of Kathryn Designs gifted Bird Charm necklaces.

Lindsey Afton Dufoe of Afton Dufoe Photography gifted fine art photography prints.

Wendy Emerson of Willow Creek Jewelry gifted Copper ‘Willow’ Pottery earrings.

Andrew Fuller of Cirmes Tonsorial Parlour gifted Sapera Preshave Oils.

Jenifer Gallagher of The Scarlet Robin gifted Gold Stiletto Cutout necklaces.

Nathalie Girard of NG Originals gifted Nature Hemp bracelets with fine silver charms.

Alexis Gopal of Alexis Studio Design gifted Faux Snakeskin earrings.

Sheri Hall of Oops I Knit It Again gifted ‘Oscar The Slouch’ knitted hats.

Susan Harbourt of Luster Metal Works gifted Forget-Me-Not necklaces.

Pam Hurst of Pam Hurst Designs gifted Argentium Silver Sticks necklaces.

Jenny Jafek-Jones of The Crimson Poppy gifted do-it-yourself Paper Flower kits.

Maureen Kirchdoerfer of Release Me Creations gifted Whimsical Silhouette necklaces.

Wallace Kowrach of The Exceptional Artisan gifted 24KT-Gold Ballpoint Pens in solid maple boxes.

Rachel Leathers of Hearts of Stone Jewelry gifted Chandelier earrings.

Kristal Lee of Atutudes gifted gift certificates for handmade tutus.

Erica Low of iCandy Designs gifted sets of designer note cards.

Janice Mahoney of Mama Mahoney Creations gifted Metallic-Stamped Indian Batik wristlets.

Betty Miller of Magic Senses gifted various artisan soaps.

Diane Miller of The Shutterbug Eye gifted fine art photography prints and jewelry.

Diane Perry of Catcophony Handcrafted Jewelry gifted Watercolor Impressions earrings.

Fiona Rohde of Fiona Designs gifted sets of designer stationery and thank-you cards.

Stephanie Rountree of EdenSong Essentials gifted a variety of skin care products.

Libbi Shorts of Mt. Baldy Glassworks gifted Dichroic-fused glass wine stoppers.

Lisa Sieczka of ElleMoss Fine Art Photography gifted fine art photography prints.

Deb Soromenho of AWE Jewelry gifted Textured Copper Leaf earrings.

Shawna Ziemer of Wags and Wiggles gifted handmade pet toys.

Photos of display pieces and contact information for all participants of this event can be found in The Artisan Group's official Oscars Event Guide. Visit our website to view photos of all celebrities who visited our exhibit.

A juried community of talented artisans, The Artisan Group provides a sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at major award show Gift Lounges leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The MTV Movie Awards, and The Primetime Emmys.

Members of The Artisan Group showcase a broad spectrum of specialties, including handcrafted jewelry; spa and bath products; designer stationery and paper goods; crocheted apparel; children’s tutus, apparel and toys; ceramics; purses and totes; hand-poured candles; book binding and journals; illustrations and paintings; hand-dyed scarves; fine art photography; hair accessories; pet apparel and toys; and woodworking products.

The Artisan Group also offers its members guidance in the areas of sales, marketing, social media, and public relations.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog for more information on our upcoming celebrity events. A collection of our member's products are available on our Pinterest boards.

Press inquiries may be directed to press(at)theartisangroup(dot)org.

  • The Artisan Group is not in any way associated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


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