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The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival

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April 19 through April 21, 2013
Cave Creek


The Big Heap expands
Popular event will feature awarding winning author
 Mary Emmerling
 The founders of The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival, which will take place April 19-21, 2013 in Cave Creek, Ariz., from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day, the event will feature author Mary Emmerling who will sign her new books, “The Art of the Skull”and “The Art of the Heart.” Emmerling also has penned “The Art of Turquoise” and “The Art of the Cross,” two books which she will have available for sale.
Emmerling is the best-selling author of more than 25 books and was the creative director of Country Home Magazine for 10 years. She hosted HGTV's Country At Home show, worked as the decorating editor for House Beautiful, and was editor-in-chief of Mary Emmerling Country Magazine for the New York Times.
In addition, The Big Heap has developed “Pay It Artward” as a new signature activity of the popular festival. Visitors to the event can purchase a chance for $1 to win one of renowned sculptor Aaron Voigt’s robots with the proceeds going to Pay It Artward so a future artist can create an art piece for a public art space.
Along with the community art program, The Big Heap will showcase expert Aaron Voigt as he constructs a full size robot from vintage, upcycled, salvaged and industrial items he is collecting from vendors at the Thieves Market in Cave Creek the first Saturday of every month. Tickets for the robot, products for which he is well known, will be sold at the West’s best juried vintage, industrial, modern, hand wrought, recycled and salvaged goods. Voigt, founder of Voigt Metal, finds his materials of choice in metropolitan Phoenix, an area filled with industrial, electronic and military manufacturing history.
Voigt was voted Best of Phoenix by the New Times in 2012, won best in show 2012 at the Tempe Arts Festival and received Best of Show at the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival last year. His robots include sculptures, piggy banks and he creates shirts for human wear and bike racks, among other items.

The festival’s unique vendors include artisan favorites Diablo Forge, Rust and Roses, Ms. Funky Junk, Bella and Bruiser, award winning jeweler, Lilia Corona, Fiber and Fire, Vintage by Jen, Rethunque Junque, Vintage Bliss, Grizzly Iron, Mystic Pieces, Vagabond Exchange, Rookie Lucas, Sugar Jam and Paris Montana, to name a few. During the festival, visitors will be entertained by the Willy Nilly Band, belly dancers and several gourmet food trucks. At the end of the festival, the lucky winner will be presented with the robot.
The Big Heap will be held at 38410 N. School House Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. The entry fee is $5 for adults; there is no charge for children 12 years and younger. For more information, details and directions, visit: or check Facebook at cave creek thieves or the big heap.

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