Urban Artist Market Oct. 26-27

See, touch, feel, hear and taste art at the brand new Urban Artist Market on Oct. 26-27. This multi-sensory experience will feature locally sourced art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, libations and desserts that are handcrafted and presented by the local artisan community. The community is invited to this event taking place at the Addison Conference and Theatre Center in Addison.

“Our show will engage all of your senses,” said Dallas artist CJ Miller, who created the event, in a recent press release. “We invite you to stroll our aisles and discover fine art, basketry, jewelry, mosaic, sculpture, fiber art, confections and more.”

The Urban Artist Market will showcase a diverse array of one-of-a-kind creative goods by local artists, with live demos throughout the event.

A VIP reception and fundraiser benefiting Metrocrest Services will kick off the event from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26. All VIP ticket holders can enjoy a first look at the show, live music, drinks and appetizers with a portion of proceeds going to support Metrocrest Services, which assists families, individuals and seniors who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives or who require support to live independently.

During the VIP reception, Dallas-based singer/songwriter Robin Hackett will be performing live. Her music has been compared to Sheryl Crow, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Sarah Vaughn, and her voice has the ability to deliver powerful messages with beautiful rhythms. In addition, the Prestonwood location of Mesero will be providing appetizers and special gift bags for the first 150 attendees. Roxor Artisan Gin, a locally crafted Dallas company, will be providing a specialty drink from their exclusive bar during the event, and Bitter Sisters Brewing Company will also be onsite providing drinks. Early Bird Admission to this event is just $20.

From 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26, the show floor will be open to the public for just $10 admission, and kids under 12 enter free.

Saturday, Oct. 27 will begin with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 7 a.m. at Addison Circle. This walk benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its mission to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health. To the walk attendees, the Urban Artist Market will be distributing $5 off admission coupons from their table at the beginning of the walk, so participants can shop at the market when they’re finished!

From 9-10 a.m. Oct. 27, the Women for Addison are collecting supplies and equipment for DISD Bush Elementary School’s Art Program. This organization, whose mission is to support several nonprofits who serve the residents of Addison and the surrounding Metroplex area, and their guests will have coffee and light breakfast as well as the opportunity to access the Urban Artist Market floor before it opens to the public.

The public can shop at the Urban Artist Market from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27 for just $10 admission, and kids under 12 enter free. A full event schedule can be found here.

More than 40 exhibitors will be at the event, showcasing a variety of their unique goods. In the baked goods categories, you can enjoy treats from Joy Macarons, Isabelly’s Chocolate, Mad Batter Bakery and Sweet Treats and Martinez Munchiez. In the ceramics category, you’ll find beautiful pieces from Twice Baked Clay, Dirt on Your Skin, Gardnr Pottery and Annie Foster. In the clothing category, trendy looks from Red Llama Studio, Guignon Designs, Tie Dye Yogis, Tisse Designs, Cimarrona Hats & Accessories, Lucy Grayce and Odin Leather Goods will be available for your perusal. Interesting and talented artists will have their work on display in the drawing category, featuring Katherine Baronet, Andrea Holmes Art Studio, Brad Albright Illustration and Design, Cynthia B. Crier AIA, Brad Antifolk, Treehouse Studios, Dan Collins, Pono Paints Walls, Street Fair Studios, Art by Ember and Triva Gilkey.

Participants can also purchase some glass art at the Urban Artist Market, from Ecstatic Arts Studio, J & J Fused Art, Deb’s Art Glass, Art Glass Spirit or Maria Valentina Sheets. Handcrafted jewelry can be found at Quiver and Bow Jewelry, Eliza Epstein Designs, Jackie Jordan Studio, C.E. Designs, Jayne’s Jewels, Key J Art, JB Designs and Rebecca Swann Jewelry. Other exhibitors include metal art from Art of Twisted Nail, The Kilted Blacksmith and Rae’s Creations; mixed media art from CJMiller Art, Repurposed Everyday Designs, DHV Artworks and B. Gandy Art; mosaics from Doran Studio; photography from Kris Hundt Photography; printmaking from R&R Designworks; sculptures from The Art Life Way; and more.

Finally, experience art being made live by catching one of the live demos taking place throughout the weekend at Urban Artist Market. Charlotte Edwards from C.E. Designs will be demonstrating how to take silver metal clay and turn it into a fine silver piece of jewelry. Anne Cameron from Tisse Designs will be demonstrating how to weave on an 8-harness floor loom, which she uses to create scarves, shawls, garments, household textiles, purses and computer cases. And Anne Foster, a practicing ceramicist and teacher, will be demonstrating how to make beautiful pottery.

This unique event will bring the community together for a weekend of shopping and celebrating fantastic local artists and their beautiful creations. It’s a great opportunity to get some holiday shopping done early, find treasures to redecorate your home and support the hard work of artists.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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