Holiday Artist Market offers relaxing shopping with hand-crafted gift selection
By Angi Cooper
Looking for that one-of-a-kind item you won’t find in a big box store? Want to shop in a place where you’re not just a consumer but also a supporter of unique local artisans? Does shopping in general stress you out? The Memphis Arts Collective offers a solution to all these problems at their fifth annual Holiday Artist Market located at 1501 Union Avenue in Midtown Memphis.
The 501c3 non-profit Memphis Arts Collective is five-years-old, and as is our tradition, we offer the holiday shopper a stress-free environment featuring works for sale from more than 25 vendors. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary refreshments while perusing paintings, pottery, mixed media art, fused glass art, stained glass art, vintage collectibles, word stones, fiber dolls, and photography. There’s also wearable art including hats, jewelry, scarves, clothing, and other unique handmade items such as soaps, doggie biscuits, and honey bee products. Several artists will also have seasonal items available with holiday themed cards, jewelry, and ornaments. Many of the show artists are nationally recognized and have work in private collections across the United States.
In addition to the great work represented, what makes the collective so wonderful is that there is no one owner. “It’s a true collective in that all members play a part in putting on such a fantastic market year after year,” says Chuck Parr, president of the Memphis Arts Collective. “And every year we feature a different charity to benefit from a silent auction held at the market. This year our charity is Alzheimer’s Day Services of Memphis.” Working with charities is also part of the collective’s mission.
The Memphis Arts Collective Holiday Artist Market will be open December 3-24 at 1501 Union Ave. Hours for the market are: Monday-Thursday and Saturday, 10:30am-6:30pm, Friday 10:30am-9pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.