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Artrageous Weekend displays local artists, live music

Saturday, October 9, 2010 | 8:35 p.m. CDT; updated 9:09 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 11, 2010
Kevin Gibbs of Columbia shows patrons his hand-made didgeridoos on Friday during Artrageous in the Catacombs Art Market in the basement of Artlandish Gallery. Gibbs sands down PVC pipe, heats it on his barbecue grill to bend the pipe, then hand paints each didgeridoo.

COLUMBIA — Eight-year-old Gwendolyn Gould chatted up her fellow artists at Artrageous this weekend.

“I make jewelry and draw cats,” Gwendolyn said before running back to her mom’s booth to ask whether she could start on some cat portraits. “I'll sell my jewelry at the next one.”

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Her mom, Karina Koji, sold catnip toys, pumpkin butter and skin salve at a booth in the Catacombs Art Market, a bazaar tucked away in the winding basement of Artlandish Gallery.

Artlandish was one of 24 Columbia exhibits featured in this weekend’s Artrageous gallery crawl. This was the fourth and final Artrageous event of the year, and the only one to span the entire weekend. In addition to art viewing and sales, the event included live music, demonstrations and receptions Friday night.

The Catacombs featured more than 40 local artists peddling homemade merchandise such as jewelry, jams, woodwork and photography. Lisa Bartlett, owner of Artlandish, said most of the artists have separate full-time jobs. A few make their living by selling their work to local vendors and on websites such as Etsy.com or by taking advantage of art fairs throughout the year.

Artist Michael Harper said he expected to make about $80 or $90 over the weekend. He sells his jewelry and woodwork online, in the Artlandish Gallery and at the Columbia Area Senior Center.

“I probably sell the stuff too cheap, but I like giving people a good deal,” Harper said. “It’s a hobby, and I get to act like an artist here.”

Another craftsman, Catacombs first-timer Kevin Gibbs, hopes to parlay his knowledge of creating and selling into an artist workshop and apprenticeship program. After Gibbs lost his job at Hennessy and Sons Music when the company went out of business, he began crafting didgeridoos, a wind instrument, and selling them on his porch and in drum circles.

Artrageous was free, but Gibbs and his fellow artists hoped patrons brought their pocketbooks anyway.

“Some buy for artwork, some buy for healing power and some so they can participate in drum circles,” Gibbs said of his roughly $80 instruments. “But not everyone knows they need a didgeridoo until they see it.”


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