Looking to broaden the event’s vendor base, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority is seeking applicants for its Downtown Cartersville Art Market.
“We are currently accepting applications, which can be found on our website, and all applications will be reviewed by a jury committee,” Cartersville DDA Manager Lillie Read said. “We are accepting submissions for paintings, photography, mixed media, pottery, fine handmade crafts and jewelry, and other mediums, such as wood, glass or metal.”
Set for May 13 from noon to 7 p.m., the offering will be presented at Friendship Plaza, beside the depot in downtown Cartersville.
“The Downtown Cartersville Art Market was started in 2016 and the inspiration came out of our yearly strategic meeting where one of the priorities was to try and emphasize the arts in downtown Cartersville,” Read said. “The DDA felt like an art market was something that was missing from our downtown offerings, and we wanted to help bring more exposure to local artists as well as raise awareness about downtown through our events.
“The event was warmly received last year — so much so that there was no question about whether we wanted to bring it back for another year. People were very excited to see an open air art market in the downtown area and the feedback was that more arts-oriented events in Cartersville would be welcome.”
To obtain an application for the Downtown Cartersville Art Market, visit http://downtowncartersville.org/event/art-market-3. Applications need to be received by May 1. Standard and premium booth spaces will cost $25 and $35, respectively.
“This year we have expanded the offerings by opening up applications to members of the Booth Artist Guild and Booth Photographers Guild, as well as the artistic community at large,” Read said. “We will have afternoon performances from the Cartersville High School jazz band and evening performances from the Etowah Jazz Society.
We are also going to be reaching out to local high schools to offer students an opportunity to come and display their art, and there will also be a kids area with interactive activities as well. We will also have adult beverages and food available at the event.”
Sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, the event will be free of charge to attendees.
“Garth Gherardini with Modern Woodmen of America is supporting this event through their matching funds program, which will help with fundraising for green space improvements downtown,” Read said. “Having strong, ongoing partnerships with organizations like Modern Woodmen is essential for the DDA because it provides a consistent means for helping support and augment downtown programs and efforts.”
For Gherardini, supporting the Downtown Cartersville Art Market will be an extension of his office’s ongoing partnership with the Cartersville DDA.
“Our local Modern Woodmen office has a great relationship with the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, so I’ve been excited to work with them on the Art Market,” said Gherardini, managing partner for Modern Woodmen of America. “Modern Woodmen’s fraternal programs help our members partner with community groups to support local projects like this.
“This year, the money raised will help create more green space downtown. I think that’s a great cause to support, and I’m excited to see the outcome in the near future. Modern Woodmen members were also involved in creating the Shakespeare garden downtown this year, so we want to continue to support the ongoing project of downtown beautification.”