CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Tamarack Foundation will host Art-A-Palooza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at two Charleston locations: the Capitol Market and the East-End Bazaar.Both venues will highlight the talent of West Virginia craft artisans, 24 of who will be demonstrating and selling their work. The daylong art fair will celebrate artists and engage the community in a better understanding of the value of handcraft, both economically and culturally."The mission of the Tamarack Foundation is to advocate and expand artisan entrepreneurship and to foster the appreciation and understanding of craft by the general public," said Sally Barton, Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation."We hope that by providing this type of selling opportunity, artists can introduce their work to new markets, increase their sales potential and provide a better understanding to the public about their craft through community outreach. We plan to continue this type of event in many locations around the state."The East End Bazaar is an open-air market located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue. Its regular hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, April through October.The bazaar features a variety of functional and collectible arts and crafts, along with live music and entertainment. It also has locally-sourced food and local food vendors. It provides local artists and craftspeople a place to sell their wares, such as paintings, textiles, sculpture, jewelry and handmade crafts.
Art-A-Palooza at the East End Bazaar will feature handcrafted shoes by Mik Wright, pottery by Nancy O'Farrell, masks by Mykal Baisden, jewelry by Mary Blake, textile wall hangings by Carmen File, collage art by Debi Ellis and art by Damienne Dibble.Writer Lisa McCombs will sign copies of her young adult book trilogy, "Abby," "Raspberry Beret" and "Opening Pandora's Box: The Conclusion (Wow and Viola!)." FOOTMAD will provide music and dance.Food trucks from Bluegrass Kitchen, Bridge Road Bistro and Kona Ice will be present for the event.The Capitol Market, 800 Smith St., is a farmers market with indoor merchants. It is open daily year-round, except for six major holidays.Art-A-Palooza at the Capitol Market will feature wood crafts by Byron Young and Tom Schottle, wood crafts by John Williamson, pottery by Homaira Ahmed, art by Tonie Garrett, jewelry by Amy Johns, limestone fishing sinkers by Evey Butcher and Dwight Pauley, jewelry by Christine Keller, jewelry and "curiosities" by Adrienne Galloway, art by Betty McMullen, photography and digital art by Mary Almond, hats by Tatiana Rakhmanina, metamorphosis images by Linda Clifford, forged iron art by Paul Meyers, jewelry by Merideth Young and photography by Jamie Pettry.Writer Bob Brunner will sign copies of his book "A Reporter's Recollections."Barton suggested that if an artisan is interested in bringing the Tamarack Foundation to his or her community to contact Sherri Walker at the foundation at 304-926-3770 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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