Let's Go!

Here's the link to the article that I wrote for today's Let's Go: Made Here Market.  Two photos of mine were used for the piece, also more photos of mine can be viewed on the on line edition. In the print version, one of my photos made the cover of Let's Go!, its a small photo of artist Susan Anniskett who does beautiful bead work with her daughter Grace.  The two other photos printed are of Captain Jack who makes jewelry from sea glass & Wayne Hayden who owns G Bone's Jams Jellies & More who has a BBQ stand for the market.  It's worth your time to check out the market. Happy Reading!

Made Here Market
Sun Correspondent

Made Here Market in Placida’s Fishing
Village is a great place to look for American made
items that you can’t find in the stores.
With upwards of 100 artists exhibiting at one
time. This is the place to look for the unusual,
unique and one-of-a-kind items.
The numerous local artists feature original
work at the market ranging from Cyprus tree
lamps, sea glass jewelry, photography, pottery,
blown glass, shark tooth jewelry, kiln fire glass,
metal work and painting to name a few of the
treasures to be found. There is also a food truck
this year with light refreshments by Nancy and
Kelly Lanning.
The concept of the “made here market”
began in Miami’s Coconut Grove back in the
1940s. Artists had no way to showcase their
work, they began stringing a clothesline
through the palm trees and hung their work
from clothes pins. Instant gallery!
Margaret Albritton owner of the Margaret
Albritton Gallery was the brainchild of the
market. She started it three years ago. “I
wanted to give artists in the area who didn’t
have experiences at shows and the public an
opportunity to meet the artist and to meet
them and know things are still made in this
country,” said Albritton.
John Hatch owner of Hatch Gallery agreed
with Albritton and added, “Allowing artists to
set up for free, support local artists and give
back to the community.” Hatch also states that
it gives an emerging artist a way to figure
out their price range for first-time exhibitors
and to get to know the market. The shows are
supposed to be laid-back and fun.
Albritton anticipates that the market will
be steady and busy well after Christmas and
through the Seafood Festival in March. She
emphasize that it’s up to the artist to do their
own public relations by letting the community
know when they are there and to be in touch
with the local media to let newspapers know of
potential opportunities to publicize the show.
“It’s important to let people know that there’s a
large group of artists in the area.” Albritton said.
It’s also a wonderful experience for both sides
with nothing to lose and a fun experience.
Albritton has seen vendors from as far
north as St. Petersburg to as far south as
Naples. About 300 or so have registered, and
it changes from time to time with as few as
40 to as many as 80 participating at one time.
During the season the numbers will go up.
You definitely don’t want to miss the market.
It’s an exciting and happening place in Placida.

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