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Atomic Holiday Bazaar returns after pandemic hiatus


Being badass and craftsmanship go hand in hand for the creators who take part in Atomic Holiday Bazaar, which returns this year after a two-year hibernation forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. The show is also moving this year, from the Sarasota City Auditorium to Robarts Arena.

Adrien Lucas, the almighty creator of Atomic, started the independent craft fair over a decade ago to support local artists and artisans who were making quirky, quirky and cutting-edge crafts.

“It’s a show for and by the delicious irregulars of the world,” says Lucas. “When I say ‘irregular’ a lot of people think of a shirt with a weird sleeve. But what I mean is a whimsical nod to those who walk at their own pace and have fun by things that are generally not considered normal.

We spoke with three creators from this year’s show to learn more about their work.

Alicia Accardi has been an Atomic supplier twice now, and has two different stands: sticky fingers and VIVA Vintage. For Sticky Fingers, Accardi seeks out dead insects, feathers and flora and preserves their unique beauty in the decoupage so that it can be admired by those who appreciate nature’s life cycles. For VIVA Vintage, she restores vintage and old objects to bring them back to life. “I love finding these items and saving them from the fate that would end up in a dumpster,” says Accardi.

Deli Fresh Threads is owned by Anthony “Biggie” Bencomo, who started the food-themed clothing brand while in college. When you buy something, Bencomo wraps it up to look like a take-out deli sandwich. “I made people believe it was a real sandwich,” he says. He will appear at Atomic for the fifth time.

Linda Janssen owned Deviant dolls for about seven years, but is dating Atomic for the first time. She creates avant-garde skeleton sculptures that appeal to the gothic Halloween spirit in everyone. “Be prepared to be open-minded and see the creativity,” says Janssen. “I make horror dolls, devil dolls and cut faces. That’s what makes my heart happy. As an artist, I want to evoke emotion.

Atomic Holiday Bazaar takes place from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 27 at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Admission is $6; children are free. For more information, call (941) 539-9044 or visit atomicholidaybazaar.com.