Art market location changes, event expands

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

What has been a traditional open air art market for many years at the Foothills Arts Council is taking new shape and finding a new location this year.

Still hosted by the Foothills Arts Council, the open air market has been relocated to Coley Hall at The Liberty, 222 E. Main St., and expanded into a three-day Foothills Holiday Craft and Gift Market, featuring the products of local craft and artisans.

The arts council will still host some holiday events at its facility, 129 Church St., including live holiday music this Saturday during Shop Small Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and an expanded gallery gift shop. Musician Larry Davis will playing music from 4 to 6 p.m.

Then through Dec. 23, the Foothills Arts Council’s gallery gift shop will be open for those looking for a creative gift or find to shop Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.

The new three-day market will be open Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 2 and 3 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Liberty’s banquet hall.

At present, vendors include Ai Nguyen, Kayla Jones, Katherine Ayers, Vicki Dudley, Jimmy Parks, Tammy Desiderio, Lisa Slawter, Amanda Gullatt, Doris Petersham, Ruth Hutton, Robyn Vernon, Melissa Manning, Aaron Blackwelder, Lavender Anne’s Herb Farm, Foothills Quilters, Peggy Petrocy, Randy Burchette, Soyworx Candles, Kelly Merritt and Gary Litchfield, according to the arts council’s website.

Products by these vendors include art, pottery, textiles, bath and body products, candles, edibles and more, said Dan Butner, executive director of FAC.

“In a modern world where shopping is impersonal, and products are cookie cutter, these markets allow shoppers to find quality one-of-a-kind gifts for the loved ones,” Butner said. “They also get to enjoy knowing that with their purchase they’re not only giving to their loved one, they’re also making the season a little brighter for a local artisan.”

For more information on the arts council events, visit

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood