Arts markets to become frequent sights
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
“Bench in the sun” by Victor Yekelchik. His work is at the Image Gallery at the Nashua Library.
• To market: Earlier this year Katy Brown opened Speakeasy, a shop in her sewing studio at 88 North Main St. in Concord where she sold her own handmade handbags as well as artwork, jewelry and other items from about 15 New England artists. She’s now switched the store to appointment-only so she can concentrate on starting the Concord Arts Market. It’s tentatively planned as a weekly outdoor event located near the Statehouse. Many of the same artists will participate. “The goal remains the same: promote great local artists and artisans,” Brown wrote in an e-mail. Brown worked as the manager for SOWA Open Market in Boston last year (www.southendopenmarket.com). She has a Web site up already, concordartsmarket.com, where she’s also promoting downtown Concord businesses. Arts vendors can apply for booth space, for which there is a weekly $30 fee. They need to provide their own tents, tables and the like. Brown is also a paralegal, interns at the New Hampshire Supreme Court Law Library and is working on a master’s degree in library science.
In Manchester, plans are in place for a monthly indoor Manchester Community Market at Franco-American Centre starting Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 52 Concord St. Artists as well as artisans and farmers are invited to sell New Hampshire-made products there. Vendor applications are at www.facnh.com. Call 669-4045 for details. Both Concord and Manchester invite nonprofits to apply to promote their organizations at the markets.
• Not Soviet realism: Born in the former Soviet Union, Victor Yekelchik received his first camera when he was 13. “Just like many others at that time and place, my work became a thorn in the eye of the Soviet propaganda machine, which was promoting very different subjects and ideas,” he said. He could not exhibit in the Soviet Union. His family emigrated to the United States in 1979. His work will be on display at the Nashua Public Library at 2 Court St. (589-4610) through August. There’s an artist’s reception for the show Saturday, July 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Preview his work at www.victoryek.com.
• School’s out: View the work from New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 18 Continuing Education students who receive certificates Saturday, July 12. There’s an opening reception for the “2008 Annual Certificate and Continuing Education Exhibition” at 4 p.m. in the school’s galleries at 148 Concord St. and 77 Amherst St. That follows a 3 p.m. ceremony at which New Hampshire reporter, photographer and editor Peter E. Randall speaks. Deerfield’s Lauren Runnion-Bareford is the student speaker.
• Off the beach: There’s one more outdoor arts event entering the scene. Terra Perma’s owner Ana Gourlay has organized a downtown Laconia Arts’ Day for Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with art, there will be musicians, theater groups, authors and dancers. Storyteller Rebecca Rule performs at the Laconia Public Library at 1 p.m. Canal Street will be closed to traffic.