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Columbia artists look for an Artrageous Weekend

Friday, October 9, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 3:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 10, 2009

Various artisans will take over Walnut and Orr streets Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the second North Village Artists Market.

The open-air event will feature 35 artists with works including pottery, jewelry, paintings and sculptures. Some of those artists will display their work inside Sven’s Kafé & Gallery, 110 Orr St., #101, and Artlandish Gallery, 1019 E. Walnut St.  Orr Street Studios, 106 Orr St., will also host events in conjuction with Artrageous Weekend.

Visitors may purchase artwork directly from the craftspeople, but the event is also aimed at giving organizations a chance to get the word out about their causes, including the Ronald McDonald House, the Bluebird Music Festival, the Citizen Jane Film Festival and Access Arts.

The Artists Market will take place over the course of the weekend. Visitors at Friday’s gallery crawl will have the opportunity to purchase hanging art. Saturday’s events are more relaxed and family-orientedwith more budget-appropriate art from a vast array of open-air vendors. Visitors can look forward to live stage music outside Artlandish Gallery, dancing, food from Sven’s Kafé and body painting despite the expected chilly weather. Sunday will focus on children’s arts and crafts.

At Orr Street Studios, a reception is scheduled Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., with the work of Eric Seat on display, the music of Prahlad playing and the opportunity to take photographs in Anastasia Pottinger’s studio. Visitors can purchase artwork from the gallery on Saturday and Sunday.

The Artists Market is the brainchild of Artlandish Gallery’s Lisa Bartlett. It first took place in May. Bartlett said she feels it is a great way to give back to the community.

“The artists are all local and regional artists, and it shows that there are great things right here in our community,” she said.

Kate Gunn, curator of Sven’s Kafé & Gallery, agreed.

“(The Artists Market) is smaller and just starting out,” Gunn said. “But people will really enjoy the diversity of artists. I think it’s really a good opportunity for people to see how lively this area of town is; it’s really starting to flourish as an art community.”

Bartlett feels the Artists Market has potential to expand, and she’s very familiar with the North Village area. Bartlett started out with an antiques store in 2001 in the warehouse at the corner of Walnut and Orr streets that’s now being remodeled.

“The goal is to have this event grow every year,” she said. “I’m so excited about what’s happening out here. It’s really amazing how far things have come along with Orr Street. It wasn’t a real thriving area, but now it is just incredibly busy over here.”

The Artists Market is different from what someone might find inside the galleries themselves.

“There are more different types of media,” Gunn said. “There are more things that you could purchase for gifts or for yourself as opposed to hanging pieces.”

 “It’s a great way to get a jumpstart on one-of-a-kind holiday gifts,” Bartlett added. “There’s a huge array of great art.”

 


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