Wednesday, July 1, 2009

2nd Annual Boston Handmade Marketplace

Saturday, July 11th, 3 - 7pm
(rain date Sunday, July 12th)
Union Square, Somerville MA

The Somerville Arts Council
and Boston Handmade present an ArtsUnion Event: The Boston Handmade Marketplace. More than 25 artists, artisans, and craftspeople will be showing and selling handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, art, photography, toys, sculpture, and more in Union Square on July 11, 2009.

The Boston Handmade Marketplace is an outdoor art and craft exhibition featuring work by Massachusetts area artists, craftspeople and artisans associated with the arts group Boston Handmade and helping people make a living making things. This exhibition promotes local independent businesses and individuals creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade works in small studio environments, not factories.

In addition to the individual exhibitors at the 2009 Boston Handmade Marketplace, there will be musicians performing throughout the day. Performers include Boston bands The Grownup Noise and One Happy Island. There will be also be handcraft demonstrations with Faculty and Staff of The Eliot School of Jamaica Plain, and Members of the Common Cod Fiber Guild of Somerville. Another highlight of the afternoon will be martial arts demonstrations from the Shobu Aikido of Boston.

ABOUT ARTSUNION: Through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's John and Abigail Adams Program and the City of Somerville, the Somerville Arts Council's ArtsUnion initiative cultivates and promotes the square's diverse artist and business communities to boost the cultural economic development of Union Square, Somerville. The Somerville Arts Council and the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development created ArtsUnion, in partnership with ArtSomerville, Brickbottom Artists Association, Washington Street Art Center, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville Open Studios, Third Life Studio, and Union Square Main Streets.

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