PORTER | Lynn Retson, of Porter, is one of more than 100 artisans from across Indiana who will participate in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace March 31 and April 1 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Retson will join artisans who make everything from fine chocolates, to specialty jewelry to stoneware pottery.

"My work will be drawings in graphite and black pastel," Retson said. "They have a photo-realistic quality. Many viewers' first impression is that these works are black and white photos. All of the drawings feature the roadside landscape."

Retson participated in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace last year and said the quality of the work was outstanding.

"It's a strength of this show that you can find everything from $5 bookmarks to several-thousand-dollar pieces suitable for homes or offices," Retson said. "In addition, visitors get a chance to speak with the artists. For me, this is the high point of the show."

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is a chance to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan food directly from the Hoosiers who make it, said Peg Neal, chair of the 2012 Marketplace and a potter from Indianapolis.

In order to participate in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, artisans must be accepted into the Indiana Artisan program, which is a juried program that accepts about 30 percent of those who apply.

The Indiana Artisan Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1. Admission is $10 (children 15 and under are free) and parking is $3. Visit http://indianaartisan.org/news_releases.php for more information.

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