Local-Focused Show Lures ‘Harlots’ to Shasta Fairgrounds

Furniture and other finds from Antique Cottage and Garden

In 2009, when Monica Templeton closed “Monica’s Vintage Inspired,” her Athens Avenue shabby-chic emporium, a whole cadre of artists, jewelry designers and furniture up-cyclers lost a home. And Redding lost a place to discover one-of-a-kind, artful gifts and décor, in a place that felt like home.

It was only a matter of time before Templeton figured out a way to bring her friends and followers back under one roof. She did it with her latest creation, “The Burlap Harlot Show,” a one-of-a-kind venue for all manner of things one-of-a-kind.

Art to wear from Chico's Three Sixty Ecotique

Templeton and her team of “Harlot” co-creators — artist Viki Twyman, jeweler Ursula Guderian and stylist Jae Jennings — rallied jewelers, glass artists, furniture restorers, vintage-seekers, carvers and florists. They threw a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker (literally) into the mix to create a show and sale for all the senses. At the Burlap Harlot Show, you’ll find an assemblage of the aforementioned craftspeople, plus food, drinks, music, and artist demonstrations.

Local was the criteria for the Harlots. Everything, from the barbecued beef sliders to the handmade clocks to the pastries and gluten-free cupcakes to the fresh floral arrangements, was made by our north state neighbors. Even the graphics and posters for the show were crafted right here by designer Matt Briner, formerly the design-brains behind Enjoy Magazine.

Artful florals from Sera Bella

The show is an opportunity to be inspired by the north state’s hidden artistic talent and “feather your nest,” as Templeton lovingly calls her brand of home re-design. “Your home should tell your story,” she says, clarifying that she doesn’t claim to be an interior designer. “I re-design, use existing elements and mix it up a bit.” She wanted the Burlap Harlot Show to set the same tone and create a bit of whimsy, just as the name suggests.

“Hand-crafted, rustique-chic, trinkets, up-cycled and re-cycled. This is the Burlap Harlot Show,” says Templeton, explaining how the show differs from other art and antique events. But Monica’s serious about salvaged stuff. That’s how you get when you hang out at indie boutiques in high school while your friends are at the mall.

Some shabby chic finds from Shasta Lake's Antique Cottage and Garden

Monica and team wanted the Burlap Harlot Show to be the antithesis of what you’ll find at the mall, and keep the money local. Every purchase you make supports a local craftsperson and the $3 suggested donation at the door will seed a youth art fund monitored by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The funds will be awarded to support north state youth pursuing arts education.

It happens the day before Mother’s Day, so celebrate early, take mom for a spin and spend part of the day with Monica and her Harlots. You’ll support a good cause, see art demonstrations, feast on tri-tip sliders, homemade soup, sandwiches and sweets, find a one-of-a-kind treasure and feather your nest, all inside a burlap-bannered hangar at the Shasta District Fairgrounds.

What: The Burlap Harlot Show

When: Saturday, May 7 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Shasta District Fairgrounds, Anderson

Cost: $3 donation at the door to benefit a Shasta Regional Community Foundation Youth Art Fund

Click HERE for more information and a directory of vendors.

Adam Mankoski enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your NorthState weekend events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

A News Cafe, founded in Shasta County by Redding, CA journalist Doni Greenberg, is the place for people craving local Northern California news, commentary, food, arts and entertainment. Views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of anewscafe.com.

is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner are the owners of HawkMan Studios and the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday Art Hop.
Comment Policy: We welcome your comments, with some caveats: Please keep your comments positive and civilized. If your comment is critical, please make it constructive. If your comment is rude, we will delete it. If you are constantly negative or a general pest, troll, or hater, we will ban you from the site forever. The definition of terms is left solely up to us. Comments are disabled on articles older than 90 days. Thank you. Carry on.

6 Responses

  1. Avatar Loves to Eat says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun. But on another note, what is Matt Briner up to now?

  2. Avatar Dan Ferrarese says:


    Loved your show at the ranch last year…looking forward to this year…good timing with mothers day too!

    All the best!

  3. Avatar monica templeton says:

    Thanks Dan! It's an eclectic mix and everyone's been so kind and wonderful to work with. I hope to see this grow and give back to our community! And yes, I seeked out Matt Briner for the logo & poster design as I am a huge fan of his work… (He'll have a booth there so, ya'll drop by and say hello to him). : )

    Thank you Adam for such a nice article… see you at the show!



  4. Avatar Matt Briner says:

    Hey, thanks for the shout outs, guys!! I really appreciate it. Also, thanks Adam for a great story!

    I'm really excited about this event… when Monica called me to talk about this, I really didn't even care what the event was… I already knew I was onboard… and if Monica's behind it, it's going to be awesome… and from what I've seen so far, this show is INDEED going to be awesome. Thanks all!

    Hope to see you Saturday.