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The first Junk Refunk Creative Market will feature a visit from Chalk Paint creator Annie Sloan this weekend (May 13)

Annie Sloan, creator of Chalk Paint, will be in Canby this weekend as part of the first Junk Refunk Creative Market at the Clackamas County Event Center. Paint and color expert Annie Sloan will travel from England to Canby on May 13-14 for hands-on workshops at the Clackamas County Event Center during this year's inaugural Junk Refunk Creative Market. Sloan, the inventor of Chalk Paint, will be only part of the action.

The Creative Market will offer vendors and crafting workshops for junkers and crafters alike. Sloan will hold workshops from 1 to 2 p.m. each day and cost for her workshop is $15. In addition, vendors in the Artisan Walk will offer a variety of food and drinks, including local cheese, chocolate, jam and afternoon tea.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Early bird tickets are $25 each. General admission is $10.

Tickets are available at the door or through the website at http://www.junkrefunkcreativemarket.com/tickets

Annie Sloan developed her unique range of decorative paint, Chalk Paint, in 1990, drawing on years of experience in the field of decorative paints.

She has written 25 books on traditional paints, colors and techniques, which have led to total sales of more than two million books worldwide, printed in 11 languages.

Her latest by Cico Books are "Annie Sloan Paints Everything (2016)," and "Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint."

Sloan trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after attending college in the mid-1970s, while painting murals in houses as commissions.

By 1987, she had written the successful book "The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques," which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, she used her knowledge of color, paint, pigments and art history to develop Chalk Paint in 1990. In 2000, she set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint, run courses, and offer interior design services.

Sloan lives and works in Oxford with her husband David, who runs the business with her. Born in Australia to a Scottish father and a Fijian mother, she came to England to a farming life in Kent when she was 10 years old. With spells in Southern Africa and connections to France, Cuba and the United States, she feels she has world roots. She has three sons and has lived in Oxford for the last 25 years.