Arts Market kicks off Saturday, smaller than expected

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 01:34 AM

Arts Market debuts Saturday in downtown High Point, a little smaller than organizers hoped, but with expectations for growth.
The new Arts Market is organized by High Point Artists Network, which is made up of High Point Theatre, High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, High Point Area Arts Council and Theatre Art Galleries.
The idea is to bring life and shopping opportunities to downtown and to provide a place local artists and crafters can sell their creations. It will be held at Mendenhall Transportation Terminal the second Saturdays of the month (except January and February) and the first three Saturdays in December.
The market is modeled on a similar event in Baton Rouge, La., where David Briggs, director of the High Point Theatre, lived and worked previously.
“I wanted to use the terminal, which I think is truly under-used, and people are clamoring to do things downtown, so it seemed like a natural fit,” Briggs said. “So this is been one of my priorities since I arrived (in May 2011). The city wants to see the terminal utilized and has been supportive of every initiative.”
Saturday’s first event will have only about a half-dozen vendors selling jewelry, handmade fabric items,  walking sticks and Civil War-themed wood items.
Vendors may only sell handmade items, and they submit applications and examples of their work and are selected based on quality. Ten vendors were selected for the first Arts Market, but five already had prior commitments.
Briggs attributes the small turn-out to the fact that the market is new and not well known and that it’s early in the outdoor-events season. He would like to add potters, artists, photographers and food vendors. On Saturday, Friends of the High Point Theatre will staff a concession stand.
Briggs is hopeful that Arts Market will grow and thinks the structure, with so many sponsoring organizations, will bode well for the future if each group sends calls for artists and publicity to its mailing list.

vknopfler@hpe.com / 888-3601  

Want to go?


What: Arts Market
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 200 block of E. Commerce Avenue
Admission: Free
Vendors may contact David Briggs by email at david.briggs@highpointnc.gov, phone 883-3627