First Saturday Arts Market (36/365)

by Christine · 2 comments

in Art,Featured

First Saturday Arts Market is Houston’s only monthly outdoor art and fine craft show and is a staple of the Heights art scene: Nearly every art medium is represented, including artist-designed clothing; cards and stationary; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; international photography; and jewelry of unparalleled quality. Artists working in glass, ceramic, paper, metal and wood can be found at the market this summer, offering work in a variety of styles — even the latest fad, steampunk.

Located on the Wind Water Gallery parking lot at 548 West 19th Street at Lawrence Street, the market is open year ’round on the first Saturday of each month, Admission and nearby parking are free. Today kicks off the shift to summer evening hours from 6-10pm for the market. Held year-round, the summer hours means it is perfect to go take a cool summer evening stroll and buy some great art!

Mitch Cohen is the man behind the First Saturday Arts Market. Most of the SLGT Photo Project sessions I’ve had have involved me meeting new people, but Mitch & I go back several years. I used to joke with him that I felt like everyone in Houston knows him – or at least everyone involved in some way with the Heights! Back in 2007, Elaine Mesker-Garcia & I set up our very first booth at the market, selling fine art prints. Eventually our weddings started to conflict with the market every month and we became what Mitch calls the “market graduates”, moving to a permanent space in the Heights. It is an appropriate title, because I’ve learned over the years that there are many artists that have a history with the market!

The market just passed its 6 year milestone. It happens rain or shine, and you’re always guaranteed to find wonderful art for sale! It is the perfect chance to get out and buy pieces from emerging artists in the Houston area, whether it be painting, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted items, photography, home decor pieces, or any other number of things!

There is always live music as well! Excellent for listening to whether you bring a chair or while you stroll and shop. This month’s featured artist is performer Sydney Harkreader! (Alternative/Pop). She is a young artist who shares her clever perspective of what life is all about. With a voice like melted butter and a forest full of intricate songs, Sydney captivates listeners with her tales of love and despair.

Whenever I have a Saturday off and can make it down there, I love to explore all the art offered. The lineup is always changing, as it is a highly sought-after market to be a part of. There are some artists that are there every month, and some new ones each month as well – you never know what excellent things you will find! I was able to visit the market the first Saturday of May, and this is just a sampling of what I saw while I was there!

When you visit the First Saturday Arts Market this month, be sure to take the time to talk to the artists as well – there are many incredible people out there! If you’re an artist that is interested in participating, details can be found here. Information on this month’s artists is available here.

June 5, July 3 & September 4, 2010 the hours for the First Saturday Arts Market will be 6-10pm. August 7th from 6-10pm will mark the return of White Linen Night in the Heights, the largest annual event for the market – and for one month only the market will be located at ONE location, 414 W. 19th St at Ashland. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Mitch Cohen June 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Christine thank you so much for featuring me and the art market as part of your SLGT photo project! I had an incredible response from this at the market on Saturday too! And congratulations graduate!

Mitch Cohen

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