Along with local produce, delicious cakes, pickles and chow chow, last Saturday at the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market offered Art at the Market.
Rokhaya Ndao, Motherland Beauties, showcased handmade jewelry, bags, African art and fabrics crafted by women in Senegal, who profit from their sales. women’s projects in Senegal, West Africa. Fine artists Alma Suarez, Derrick Hollowell and Eddie Kurlowicz shared prints of paintings and pencil drawings; Alma offered small sculptures depicting Catrinas, figures featured as part of the holiday Dia de los Muertos. Crafters vended jump ropes, scarves and kitchen accessories. Market manager, Yvonne Woodard, was proud to share the children’s book her son, Chris Dudley, illustrated, “Nyrah’s Bully Friend.”
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosts “Art at the Market” during market hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 900 Fuller Ave. SE 49506. The market invites local fine artists and crafters to stop by and vend at the market with no vendor fee.
Our neighborhoods have many accomplished artists in its midst. Art at The Market will provide them an opportunity to showcase their talents, inspire their neighbors and share any messages that their art expresses. The date was chosen to coincide with Artprize as this event is not always accessible to artists from the Market’s neighborhoods or neighbors living nearby.
The market is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists will need to provide their own tables, tents and chairs.
Art at the Market
Saturday Sept. 17
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MLK Jr. Park
900 Fuller Ave. SE, 49506
When Our Kitchen Table decided to schedule an Art at the Market event at this year’s Southeast Area Farmers’ Market, Sarah Scott came to mind. An amazing, successful Grand Rapids artist, Scott had headed up the Heartside Gallery for many years, causing all kinds of great things to happen. Scott is a print-maker, instructor, tattoo apprentice at Honest to Goodness, and mama of two fierce kids. “Art and community happens all year ‘round in Grand Rapids,” she says. “Come celebrate prolific and dedicated artists, live art and music, family friendly, access for all!”
Scott agreed to come on board as Art at the Market facilitator — and we knew we were in for an exciting ride. First off, Scott has recruited two community partners to do family friendly, hands-on activities at the event.
- The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) will set up its mobile printmaking station. Students are designing a pro-community image that can be printed on fabric. Market patrons can bring their own blank shirt or fabric to be printed-on or buy a blank shirt on-site.
- The Bandit Zine is bringing their button-maker so visitors can make their own buttons. The local zine accepts works of all different mediums from across the world focusing on social-justice issues. Bandit Zine will also vend local body-positive zines and wears.
Scott has also put together a wonderful line-up of artists to exhibit and sell at the event:
- Derrick “Vito” Hollowell has had work on exhibit at Hopcat, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Richard App Gallery, his gallery, the L Loft, and New York City’s MOMA. Vito will display original paintings and prints. It’s rumored that Vito may spin some tunes, as well.
- Sofia Ramirez-Hernandez, Saugatuck Center for the Arts 2016 Artist in Residence, will show framed drawings from her #SofiaDrawsEveryDay project that documents her will to fight her own tendencies and the good times, too.
- Magnus Anyanwu, a Heartside Gallery artist, will display his Third-eye paintings. Anyanwu’s influences include Japanese anime, Sailor Jerry tattoos and his industrial design studies at Kendall Collage of Art and Design.
- Chasity Khanyi Moore, doula and healing arts practitioner of Love and Light Healing, will vend her wrapped crystals and healing body salves and oils.
- Rokhaya Ndao, Motherland Beauties, will showcase handmade jewelry and bags. Motherland Beauties offers African art and accessories, promotes African art and cultureand funds women’s projects in Senegal, West Africa.
- Claire Fisher, artist/musician, will show her vibrant, whimsical folk art that comments on icons of modern life and spirituality.
- Eddie Killowatts, musician/artist, will show his pencil drawings and shadow boxes – and play a couple sets on guitar for the event. Killowatts currently plays bass for local Latin-rock band, Cabildo.
Sarah Scott’s prints are featured at Have Company and at Honest to Goodness. And, she will have some of her art available for purchase at Art at the Market. You can view her work on Instagram: thesunthesunthesun.
Fine artist and musican, Derrick “Vito” Hollowell exhibited prints of his work and spun tunes for the 2014 Art at the Market.
On Saturday Sept. 19, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market plans to host “Art at The Market,” a showcase of local fine artists and their work. The date was chosen to coincide with Artprize as this event is not always accessible to artists from the Market’s neighborhoods or neighbors living nearby. Also, the neighborhood has many accomplished artists in its midst. Art at The Market will provide them an opportunity to showcase their talents, inspire their neighbors and share any messages that their art expresses. Artists already involved in Artprize are welcome, too! It’s simple to get involved! Simply email OKTable1@gmail.com or call 616-206-3641 to sign up.
Several artists exhibited and sold their work during last year’s Art at the Market event, including Kent County commissioner Candace Chivis and successful fine artist, Derrick Hollowell. “The market is a real way for an artist to connect with the Community,” he says. “The casual atmosphere leads to personal conversations about an artist’s methods and motivation. It is a great way to find new collectors for your work, great vibe.”
The Southeast Area Farmers’ Market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Gerald R Ford Academic Center. The market warmly welcomes SNAP/EBT, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) and WIC & Sr. ProjectFresh as well as cash and debit cards.
On Saturday Sept. 20, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market hosted Art at The Market. Artists sharing their work included Derrick “Vito” Hollowell, giclee prints of his original paintings; Candace Chivis, oil painting inspired by Hurricane Katrina; Kelsey Hakim, silk screened t shirts; Yvonne Woodard, hand-made apparel and jump ropes; and Caitlin Saladin, prints of original illustrations.
Fine artist and DJ Derrick “Vito” Hollowell has shown his art as part of the market’s grand opening celebrations the past two years.
On Saturday Sept. 20, the Southeast Area Farmers’ Market plans to host local fine artists and their work at the market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The date was chosen to coincide with Artprize as we know this event is not always accessible to artists from our neighborhoods or our neighbors living nearby. But even if you are already involved in Artprize, we hope you’ll join us!
It’s simple to get involved! Simply email OKTable1@gmail.com to sign up!