The Au Gres Sheep Factory

The Au Gres Sheep Factory

 
Savannah Nixon

Big changes are in store for us this year as we prepare to pass the torch to our granddaughter, Savannah Nixon. Savannah has a degree in business and has worked with me for the last 6 years. She and her mom have lived across “The West 80” acre piece from us her entire life. She has been around our sheep business since birth!

Rich and I will still be at some of the following events. Those that are starred will feature Savannah. Those not starred will be events at which we will be present.
 
As time goes by, you will be seeing more of her and less of us as we fade into full fledged retirement.
 
Thank you all my loyal followers for your many years of support. It is our best hope that the Au Gres Sheep Factory will be there to serve you for many years to come.

 
 
2018 SHOW SCHEDULE
 
 
* July 11-14, 2018
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Downtown Wyandotte, Michigan
www.WyandotteStreetArtFair.org
Biddle Street
 
July 13-15, 2018
Art in the Park
Plymouth, Michigan
Forest Avenue
www.ArtInThePark.com
 
 
 
* August 25-26, 2018
* September 1, 2, & 3, 2018
Great Trail Festival
Great Trail Festival Grounds
Route 3
Malvern, Ohio   44644
www.GreatTrailFestival.com
 
 
August 10, 11, & 12, 2018
Milford Memories
Art in the Village
Milford, Michigan
www.ArtInThePark.com
 
 
September 14-16, 2018
Country Living Fair - Ohio
Ohio Village
Columbus, Ohio
Call (866) 500-FAIR for tickets and information
www.StellaShows.com
 
 
* September 22-23 and 29-30, 2018
Penn's Colony - Two Weekends!
Saxonburg, Pennsylvania
(724) 352-9922
www.PennsColony.com
 
 
October 13-14 and 20-21, 2018
Christmas in the Woods - Two Weekends!
Route 7 - one mile north of intersection with Route 14
Columbiana, Ohio
(724) 774-6341
www.ChristmasInTheWoods.com
 
 
October 26-28, 2018
Country Living South
Stone Mountain Park
Atlanta, Georgia
info@StellaShows.com
www.CountryLiving.com
 
 
* November 1-4, 2018
Premier Promotions
Christmas in the Country
Event Center
Fairgrounds in Hamburg
5600 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, New York   14075
 
 
* November 9 & 10, 2018
Christmas Market
Cultutal Center for the Arts
Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, Ohio   44702
(330) 453-7666
www.CantonArt.com
 
 
(* - indicates a show where Savannah is the exhibitor)
 

The Au Gres Sheep Factory is a business born out of passion for natural fiber and a gift of a spinning wheel more than 30 years ago. Jean left a teaching career to raise a family and Rich left a tool and die design profession to take over the family farm. Jean, already an avid knitter, taught herself to spin, felt, and dye, and Rich began making spinning wheels.

We did our first art fair in April of 1984, paid $125.00 for booth rent, made $32.00 total, nearly ran out of gas on the way home, and Rich quit. Jean was not discouraged and continued to pick away, learning as she went, until at our peak in the mid to late 90's, we had 30 employees and were selling our designs worldwide. Our designs have been on QVC, in the MTV Building's window in New York City's Times Square, our nativity set was in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in 2002 and 2006, and various designs have been in New York's Museum of Folk Art. We have been featured in Country Woman magazine, Country Business magazine, on the cover of the Journal of the American Professional Craters Guild, and featured in many newspapers throughout our state. We have sold to Bergdorf Goodman, Marshall Fields, Bath and Body Works, Swiss Colony, Coldwater Creek, Land's End, Pet Co., and over 6,000 smaller companies. We have received first place and/or best of show awards at Amish Acres (Indiana), Penn's Colony (Pennsylvania), and War Eagle (Arkansas), and Krist Kind'l Markt (Canton, Ohio Art Museum).

The kids are now grown, and gone, Rich sold the potato operation in 1999, and we are almost back where we started. We do a number of art fairs and events in the late summer and fall of the year, and have turned the business back into a small joy rather than a large roller coaster ride. I am back doing what I like best: spinning my heart out, combing fields for natural dye material and designing new items to add to our list of woolly creatures and "woolly fun stuff" just for ewe!

Jean Nixon

Jean Nixon

Rich Nixon

Rich Nixon



 

 
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