Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Art Market and Give Away

Where has the time gone? It seems like Saturday was yesterday. But here it is Tuesday already. But first that give away. My friend Sharon, at Livewire Jewelry, is having a give away to celebrate her first publication! Sharon is giving away the necklace that was published in Bead Trends July 2009. It's a beautiful necklace that features ceramic beads from Gaea and her own wonderful wire work. So give that link up there a click and have a look. Not only is Sharon celebrating, she's giving this necklace away as a thank you for the support she's recieved from all of us out here in blogland. How incredibly cool is that! Sharon herself is one of the most supportive bloggers I know. Not only does she generously share her artistic journey with us, she sprinkles thoughtful comments and support on our blogs. The thanks go to you, Sharon.

That photo up there is of the monthly Downtown Art Market last Saturday, where despite the 100 degree weather, lots of people came down to look around, shop, and just have a good time. The first Art Market was in May and we started with 18 vendors and 200 visitors. Just 3 months later we are 36 vendors with a crowd of 600. I am just tickled pink, not just for myself, but for our community. Like so many places, the downtown area is a dead zone, with much of the shopping moved out to strip malls. This market in its own small way is contributing to that sense of community that once made downtowns every where so alive. Larry, Jennifer, and Tony you all have done a fabulous job of making this happen. Thank you!!!!


sharon said...

Thank you so much sweet LeAnn for your touching comment and for spreading the word! You have been such a supportive friend!
I reeeeaaaaly wish we had an art market like this, it's so nice to do personal business and really know the person , talent commitment and integrity that goes into making and selling their product, I'm glad for your community that it has become such a success. I know you have made it a better place! This is what this world needs more of.....caring!

SummersStudio said...

Sharon, I've done very little to get this market going. It really is the vision of a handful of people who have a wonderful little gallery in the middle of a 'revitalisation' area. I think all communities should think about doing something like this. And yes, caring, really is what this world needs more of!!!

peacockfairy said...

Sounds like a great market!

Prairie Emporium said...

LeAnn, the Downtown Art Market sounds great. I wish we were closer, I would love it.

stregata said...

LeAnn, glad to hear your market is thriving, especially when the weather is so hot! When does it finally cool down to normal in TX?

SummersStudio said...

Debbie, I wish you were closer too!

Renate, we are having an unusual string of hot weather here. But it won't cool down until September. But our autumn and winter weather is great.

Candace said...

Oh gosh, I would love to be there during one of these! We have Craftstravaganza twice a year here in Athens and it is slowly but surely growing. Next year, I hope to be "accepted" as a vendor.

Love love love your work as always and thanks for your visit to my little blog, too.
Hello to Bob and Alice!
Take care!
Candace in Athens.

SueBeads said...

That's just great, LeAnn! I wish we had that here! Good for you!