Artists Lindsey Johnson and Taylor Clendennen return to First Saturday Arts Market this weekend (contributed photos).
This week I’m going to hijack my column and toot my own horn. As you may know, I run two outdoor art markets in the area and there are some big changes coming to both that I want you to know about.
The 13-year-old First Saturday Arts Market is here in the Heights and focuses on the fine arts. Whereas the one-year-old Market at Sawyer Yards, which takes place on second Saturdays, is much more about folk art, curated crafts and foods. Both shows feature original singer/songwriters and the best of food trucks.
Both shows switch to evening hours starting in June and continuing July and August 6-10 p.m. Both switch back to daytime hours in September.
The Market at Sawyer Yards coincides with the Second Saturday Sawyer Yards, which is when the 300 plus artists in the massive campus of buildings open their studios to the public. Touring the buildings can be an all-day affair, yielding great fun. The market is situated in the middle on an alleyway between The Silos and Silver St. Studios.
Holler Brewing Co. is accessible to the market via a hallway in the middle of the 800-foot mural wall the market sits under. The brewery is open until 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
The big change is that First Saturday Arts Market is moving. Where? Well, I can’t say exactly, there are some great offers out but nothing confirmed yet. Construction has started at our current location so this Saturday, find us camping out next door, just east of our 540 W. 19th Street location. Don’t worry, you’ll see us.
Keep an eye on the market website for changes.
I am confident that long before fall arrives, we’ll have our new “forever” home.
While I’m on the bandwagon, here are some highlights. For music, I nabbed Robert Kuhn, a Houstonian and singer/songwriter. I first heard Kuhn perform at EQ House at the American Showcase, and immediately liked his style. He’s a well-traveled storyteller, and that shows up in his diverse repertoire of music. Kuhn opens the show at 11 a.m.
At three o’clock, two members of the jazz band, On Three, will perform. Mike Seybold plays bass and this improvisational duo keeps everyone’s toes tapping.
The artists are amazing this month, many returning that haven’t shown with me for a while. There is new talent. Valerie Calvert of Cypress, a watercolorist, R Michael Hardy-fine woodcraft, Lindsey Johnson, a metalsmith specializing in gemstones and Cynthia Levine an abstract artist, will be there.
Both shows have an artist roster with photos and links to the exhibitor’s websites. Find both at FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com