As the end of the year quickly approaches for Wesleyan, the Artist Market is an event that cannot be skipped over. The Artist Market is a community wide event for both Wesleyan and the city of Peachtree Corners.
“The Artist Market is unique in that exhibiting artists are present during this event, showcasing their fine art for purchase and interacting and engaging with attendees. Proceeds from the show benefit the Wesleyan Arts Alliance which supports student programs, facilities and arts education at Wesleyan School” (Wesleyan Artist Market).
Community, faculty and student artists gather together to showcase and sell the art they have made. Preparations for the 2019 Artist Market began last spring right after the 2018 Artist Market. This year’s theme for the market is “BEBOLD.” The theme encourages artists to be original, proud and bold with their artwork. “The theme is very unique. It challenges us with our work: to make it original and different,” said senior student artist Hannah Hufham.
The Artist Market was complete with booths of artists selling items such as paintings, candles, jewelry, food and many other items. Local restaurants and food trucks sell their food, and so do students. 8th grader Ainsley Kane sells gluten-free cupcakes at the Artist Market and “I [she] makes around 300 cupcakes over the course of the market,” said Kane. Bakers and chefs work hard right before the Artist Market to prepare their treats for everyone.
The Artist Market would not be possible without the help from our donors and sponsors. There are different levels of sponsorship for the market including: catering sponsors, pop-up shop sponsors, benefactor sponsors, collector sponsors and patron sponsors. The sponsors are made up of businesses and families in the community who love the Artist Market and want to play a part in it.
“The Artist Market would not be possible without our sponsors and donors. We are so thankful that they chose to invest in this event and in helping us present our work,” said baker and senior Ansley Harper.
Bible teacher Nathan Emmelhainz sold handmade wood products including; cutting boards, charcuterie trays and small pieces of furniture. “I had a lot of fun finding unique and interesting wood and grain combinations for my pieces, I have a lot of very cool pieces and I am proud of my work,” said Emmelhainz.
Art teacher Kristie Onorato also sold her artwork at the Artist Market. “I try to paint at least a few times a month. I enjoy painting flowers most of all, but I like experimenting with color schemes, textures and subjects to figure out ways of making my work more marketable. I love interior design and like my work to reflect current trends for people’s homes, offices or even vacation homes,” said Onorato .
Along with student and faculty artists, community artists also come together to sell their work. Artists from all over the state of Georgia come to participate in the market. Many community artists view the market as much more than just an opportunity to sell their work, but an event to meet friends and support fellow artists. “I always get there every morning right when they open the doors for the artists because I love talking to other artists. I learned so much last year wondering around talking to the other vendors and looking at what other people are creating,” said community artist Katie Berrigan.
The Artist Market is not just about selling products, but learning from one another and building community in the art world.
“I love the opportunity that the Artist Market provides for our Wesleyan students and faculty, not only to view artwork and interact with artists of this caliber, but to also participate and develop entrepreneurial skills. It’s a blessing to our entire Wesleyan community in a multitude of ways,” said Onorato.
Overall, the 2019 Artist Market was a huge success and planning for the 2020 Wesleyan Artist Market is already underway. A thanks goes out to our generous donors and the teachers and students who gave up their time to sell their artwork at the Artist Market.