Marietta: Where art comes alive
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Feature editor
sallylit@bellsouth.net
March 29, 2013 12:00 AM | 1940 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Art lovers peruse works by local artists during a past Marietta Square Artists Market. From April through November, the Marietta Square Artists Market is conducted the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mill Street (off Church Street when entering the Square). <br>Special to the MDJ
Art lovers peruse works by local artists during a past Marietta Square Artists Market. From April through November, the Marietta Square Artists Market is conducted the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mill Street (off Church Street when entering the Square).
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Rain or shine the historic Marietta Square flourishes with art. The Marietta Square Artists Market, an open-air juried artists market, showcases the best of local work.

From April through November, the market is conducted the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mill Street (off Church Street when entering the Square).

“Everything is original artwork from local artists — everything from jewelry to ceramics to paintings to repurposed and recycled art. It’s really amazing art,” said Emily Ryals, market co-manager.

“This is our third year holding the market. We’re really wanting to enhance it this year,” she said.

Created in 2011 as a natural extension of the Marietta Square Farmers Market, exhibiting artists must apply and be accepted for the market. The cost is $40 per booth for artists and $25 for student artists.

“We review all the art,” Ryals said.

The market is expanding its base of exhibitors.

“We are reaching out to art schools like (Savannah College of Art and Design) and (Kennesaw State University). The more people that know, the more people apply and you get a greater pool of talent,” said Ryals, a Powder Springs resident who graduated from McEachern High School. She and husband Jason have one daughter, Charlotte.

Community support is important for the market.

“It’s great for our artists, building a community of artists and giving them a venue to be seen and provide some income for them,” she said.

The market is a unique part of the Square. “The locals love it. It’s a great experience to go and visit after you’ve been to the Farmer’s Market to purchase unique art. I always feel confident that the art is unique and you can’t get it anywhere else,” she said.

“We’ve had great support in the past two years and expect it to be even better this year,” Ryals said.

Learn more at www.artistsmarketmarietta.com.
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