Astoria Artists’ Marketplace, started as a pop up gallery during last summer’s Open Studio Tour. Since that time, a group of artists have begun gathering momentum to establish a more permanent artists’ collective in
the space at 229 14th Street in Astoria, Oregon. For the next four months, in an effort to bring together a dedicated group of artists willing to use the space for art exhibits, studio space, workshops/classes, and community arts education, the artists have begun participating in a series of events.
This weekend, Friday, December 13, the first events began. After several days of preparation, doors opened at 3:00 Friday, and the gallery began greeting its first guests. Throughout the weekend, the Astoria Artists’ Marketplace will host their Holiday Bazaar. Saturday, from 12-7ish, and Sunday, from noon to 4:00, the Artists’ Marketplace will be open.
Artists participating in the Astoria Artists’ Marketplace include: Yvonne Edwards, Joy Diamond, Sheryl Redmond, Laura Chereau, Thom Dickerson, Blaine Verley, Nitin Merwah, Sally Anderson, Heather Douglas, and gallery coordinator and photographer, Catherine Al-Meten. Applications are being taken for future events and membership in the Artists’ Marketplace Collective, and future events are planned.
Astoria Artists’ Marketplace is sponsored by the Astoria Visual Arts organization. They will participate in and host art and artists for the Nudes Downtown, 2014. They will participate regularly in the Second Saturday Art Walks, and are planning several events to encourage arts education and support of the arts in the community. Plans are in the works for a Student Art Exhibit some time in March, and also for a fund raiser to benefit our local Head Start programs. Classes, workshops, and interactive experiences with artists are planned as well.
Saturday, December 14, is the Second Saturday Artwalk in Astoria Between 5-8:00 galleries, local businesses and restaurants open their doors to feature works of local artists and to encourage local business in our community. Sponsored by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, there are 16 venues on this month’s 2nd Saturday events, including the following galleries: Imogen Gallery, Old Town Framing, RiverSea Gallery, Tempo Gallery, KALA at Hipfishmonthly, Astoria Artists’ Marketplace, and Fernhill Glass. Also featuring original art: Forsythea Home and Garden, Carines’ Studio, and Pat’s Pantry. Local businesses participating include this month’s sponsor, Holly McHone Jewelers and Cargo, La Luna Loca, Astoria Hemp Works, Foxgloves, and Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro. Tempo is featuring the work of Nancy Karacand Saturday night.
All participating venues can be identified by colorful pinwheel signs.
Astoria is a place where you will find many wonderful artists and business owners working together to support the arts, the community, and one another. Support your local artists and businesses as you head out to enjoy yourself or shop, or both, this weekend.