Art center to host Artisan Market


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent



Vendor spots are filling up quickly for a new venue where local residents can show off their creative skills.

The Hood Street Art Center Gallery, at 136 Hood Street in McDonough, will host an Artisan Market Pop-Up Shop Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. The market is free and open to the public.

Local vendors at the event will be offering handmade items including knitted and crocheted items, homemade soaps, jewelry, lighting, home décor and small pieces of artwork, said Beth Healy, associate director of the art center.

This weekend will mark the first Artisan Market for the art center. Healy said the occasion is designed to shine a spotlight on local residents who have a penchant for creating items for others to enjoy.

“We’re all about promoting local art and items that are made in our community,” said Healy. “We’ve met so many talented people in the community that create art. We specialize in fine art in our gallery, but we wanted to give the opportunity for crafters to share their skills, too. People are just so creative and make useful items in the Henry County area. It’s fun to discover that those people are around us and don’t really have an outlet to share that, outside their friends and family.”

The cost to be a vendor at the market is $50. So far, about a dozen vendors have signed on to participate in the market.

Healy said there is still time to add a few vendors prior to the event, and that the market would be a good place for people to shop for early Christmas gifts for their loved ones. She added that the Artisan Market is scheduled to be available again on Dec. 10, featuring primarily holiday-themed items.

To find out more about the Artisan Market, or to become a vendor for the event, e-mail Healy at bethany@hoodstreetartcenter.com.