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Ithaca Artist Market

See it live. Buy it local.
Friday, August 4, 2017, 2 to 8pm
at the Ithaca Farmers Market

Every year, art collectors have an another opportunity to "See it Live, Buy it Local" at the annual Ithaca Artists' Market. The Artists' Market fills all 88 booths in a unique, once-a-year, can't miss event. Over 75 established visual artists (and one novelist!) were juried into our 26th annual 2016 market to showcase and sell some of the best art in the region.

Check out images from past markets at our pinterest page!

AND on facebook we have a bunch of images from this year! www.facebook.com/ArtsPartner/

Visitors to the market have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with all these artists in one place and to buy works of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines: paintings, prints, photographs, functional work, sculpture, collage, fiber art, furniture, jewelry, and digital work. Prices range from $5 to $1,500 (something for everyone), and attendance to the market is free! 

In addition to the artists, about a dozen Tompkins County arts organizations have booths, giving the public a chance to learn about their mission, and get a sneak preview of their upcoming events. The remaining booths feature food vendors offering everything from full meals to desserts. King Ferry Winery/Treleaven Wines is on hand every year with wine by the glass. Visitors will also be able to buy craft beer from Bandwagon Brewpub. Music will set the mood all day long with local musicians from the East Hill Classic Jazz Group. Location: The Farmer's Market is off Route 13 at Third Street (turn at the corner of Aldi and B&W Supply.) If using GPS, 545 Third Street, Ithaca 14850.

"This is really an amazing annual event," says Robin Schwartz, Program Director of the Community Arts Partnership, who has been running the Artist Market for 23 years. "The Farmers Market's open air structure on the Cayuga Lake's inlet is beautiful, and since it is under a roof, we don't have to worry about rain! Music will be playing, there's plenty of food and wine and beer, and visitors can take their time meeting and looking at the artwork of over 75 artists, all carefully juried into the show. The local artist talent we have in Tompkins County is truly outstanding."

Visitors may already be familiar with the Community Arts Partnerships events that includes the Artist Market, the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the Spring Writes Literary Festival, and the CAP ArtSpace.  “CAP” also offers professional development workshops, and administers six grant programs for artists and not for profits doing cultural programming, and functions as a convening and advising organization for the arts and artists countywide.   

2016 Special Happenings at the Artist Market

New this year at the Artist Market was Dacha Presents. Dacha Presents is a collective of creative artists who experiment with art, theater and beyond. Find them at booth 23 with “I Sense a Presence," an interactive theater performance in which audience members are invited into a small intimate world with a few characters. You have a role to play! They say you can “Wander curiously, investigate & devour. Respond adventurously or perch silently.” Four 15 minute, back-to-back, (free) performances will occur from 2:30 to 3:30, 4:30 to 5:30, and 6:30 to 7:30!

Another special booth was hosted by folks at Paint Nite Ithaca which had painting activities for the public! 

Market goers enjoy the East Hill Jazz Group, who will set the mood all day long with enthusiastic jazz music (Johnny Russo on trumpet and trombone, Doug Robinson on guitar, and special guests to be announced).

Selected (somewhat random) Artist Bios!  (See a full list below)

Sarah Gotowka, from Trumansburg, grew up in the suburbs of Rochester where she obsessively made mix tapes from 90’s radio airplay and built makeshift forts in the woods. (These factors alone have influenced her art practice immensely.) She received her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art majoring in Fiber and Material Studies in 2007, and graduated with an MFA from Concordia University’s Fiber and Material Practices in 2013.  After moving back to this area, she has collaborated with Cornell, Ithaca College, The Craftstitute, New Roots Charter School and The Johnson Museum of Art, giving various workshops on natural dye plants and textile practices.  Her dream is to open a non-toxic textile school in Ithaca! At the market, she will bring drawings using dry pressed flower petals, both originals and digital prints. Some have lyrics, others are abstract without text.  She is also bringing her naturally dyed yarn collection using local plants.  

Carlton Manzano, from Freeville, is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from a mobile studio - a minivan - using the steering wheel as his easel! Painting in snow, rain or hail, he is never discouraged by the elements.  His use of color for his oil, acrylic or watercolor landscapes appear extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. 

Visitors to the market are always excited to see Candy Lucas of Auburn. She has been creating her "Personal Realities" in collage/photomontage for over 30 years. To Candy, creating realities on paper is a reflection of the creative control we all have on our own lives. She delights in the double takes people make as they notice her work, with comments like "I could live in that world!"

New this year to the market is Elayne Nicholas, of Big Button Upholstery, specializing in restoring traditional and vintage furniture and in creating original and daring new pieces! These include chairs, benches, ottomans, footstools, coffee tables, screens, and imaginatively upholstered headboards. Elayne is thrilled to be part of the Artist Market this year and looks forward to sharing her passion.

Another newcomer to the Market this year is Jesse M. Lepak, Ph.D, Ithaca. As a fisheries scientist, he was always  researching fish in nature or on his computer.  His wife suggested bought him a woodburning kit with the suggestion that he have a creative outlet "that isn't work". As it turns out, his interest and fascination in ecology has resulted in subject matter that mirrors his scientific life. He uses pyrography (woodburning) to create one of a kind, and very detailed portraits of animals and fish. After a 7 years hiatus from Ithaca as a fisheries researcher in Colorado, he is happy to share his work with visitors to the market while he, in turn, becomes familiar with the Ithaca audience and fellow artists.    

Steve Duprey, from Prattsburg, NY is a relatively new artist, having started only six years ago at the age of fifty. He's the poster child for finding something new later in life. His background is theatre, and he's spent many years creating paintings on the stage. It was a natural extension to begin painting through the encouragement of his wife who, having grown tired of his "one of these days..." speech bought him art supplies for Christmas uttering the sweet words "There! Shut up and paint!" The result is a sort of surreal realism style, inspired by the landscapes seen from his cabin in the hills. This will be Steve's first appearance at the Artist Market and he is looking forward to expanding his exposure in this area. 

2016 ARTIST BOOTHS (Many of these artists will be in the 2017 market, but some will change!)

Milly Acharya, Watercolors
Jill Ackerman, Ceramics
Kari Aguila, Paperback Novels
Nadine Aigen, Handmade Jewelry
Adam Arnsten Delli-Bovi, Digitally Enchanced Drawings
Susan Arnsten Russell, Paintings, Mixed Media
Helen Bigsby, Mixed Media Collage
Carol Bloomgarden, Poetic Art Micrography
Nancy Boyce Handpainted Functional Objects
James M. Burlitch, Photographs
Lisa Burns, Fused and Stained glass
Annie Campbell, Watercolor, Acrylic, Oils
Uniit Carruyo, Mixed Media Painting
Cheryl Chalmers, Watercolors, Prints, Cards
Aidan Chambliss, Prints, Jewelry, Accessories
Marika Chew, Watercolors, Card, Prints
Victoria Lee Connors, Needle Felt Paintings
Margaret Corbit, Mosaics, Handmade Tiles
Nancy Crane, Polymer Clay
Len Curran, Jewelry Design
Steve Duprey, Ethereal Acrylic Lanscapes
Diane Duthie, Photography
Jan Frassetto, Wildlife Painting, Sculpture
Marc Freedman, Wood Sculptures
Sarah Gotowka, Prints, Mixed Media
Rose Gottlieb, Visual Art, Jewelry
Betsy Gram, Ceramics
Annemiek Haralson, Watercolors
Cynthia Harrington Linoleum Prints, Pottery
Dede Hatch, Photography, Mixed Media
T. Benjamin Hobbs, Craft Artist/Furniture 
Linda Holmes, Collage & Watercolor
Phil Hutchings, Watercolor Paintings
Mary Beth Ihnken, Acrylic Paintings
Wendy Ives, Mixed Media Wool
Diane Janowski, Mixed Media
Cary Joseph, Ceramics
Hobit Lafaye Photographs
Jim Kozlowski, Acrylic & Pencil
Susan Larkin, Digital Photography
Chrissy Lapham, Hand Blown Glass
Jesse M. Lepak, Pyrography (Woodburning)
Diana Lezama, Fiber Art/Fashion
Candy Lucas, Collage, Photomontage
Owen Mann, Porcelain Ceramics
Carlton Manzano, Landscape Oil Paintings
Colleen McCall, Hand Painted Pottery
Daniel McPheeters, Digital Collage Prints
Susan Mehringer, Fiber Arts
John Morreall, Oil Paintings
Alice Muhlback, Acrylics
Bill Mutch, Editorial Photographs
Dewey Neild, Photography, Calendars, Postcards
Elayne Nicholas, Fabric Art Furniture
Patrick O'Connor, Paintings
Graham Ottoson, Functional Gourd Art
Jenny Pope, Woodcuts, Ceramics
D. Michael Price, Acrylic Paintings
Laurin Ramsey, Book Arts
Lauria Rowley, Book Arts
Sophia Readling, Jewelry
Jamie Redmond, Photography, Illustration, Writing
Mary Reynolds, Mixed Media
Gary Edward Rith, Wheel Thrown Pottery
Mary Roberts, Mixed Media
Sally Ryan, Acrylic Mixed Media
Kadie Salfi, Monoprints
Jim Self, Painting, Prints, Drawing
Mary Michael Shelley, Carved Painted Pictures
June Silberman, Quilted Gel Prints
Grant Silverstein, Etchings
Allen C. Smith, Abstract Oils & Watercolors
Christi Sobel, Acrylics and Watercolors
Pat Sorbini, Mixed Media Collage
Mark Speiser, Wooden Bowls
Carol Spence, Mixed Media Paintings
Michele Steffey, Digital Photography
Ivy Stevens-Gupta, Abstract Realism Paintings
Fred Warner, Watercolors
Linda Wyatt, Photography

ARTS ORGANIZATION BOOTHS

Dacha Presents
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble
The Clay School
Community Arts Partnership
Community School of Music and Arts
History Center in Tompkins County
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center
Ithaca Underground
PaintNite Ithaca
Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts
State of the Art Gallery

FOOD

Khmer Angkor Cambodian
La Paladar Cuban
Gabriella's Farm To Fork Food Truce
Tibetan Momo
Osaka-ya Japanese Food
Veronika's Pastries

WINE & BEER

Bandwagon Brewpub
King Ferry Winery

AND

East Hill Jazz Group performances all day