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A new artists' flea market is attempting to gain traction in Brookjlyn, and to help tide artists thru the pandemic

RITA A. LEONARD - One of the local artists often appearing at the new informal Saturday Market in the Brooklyn neighborhood is Madeline Banta - here showing and offering for sale some of her watercolor-and-ink drawings.Over the past couple of months, a "Saturday Artists' Flea Market" has been developing along the sidewalk in front of "Know Thy Food", 3434 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Artists often tell how hard it is for individuals to get exposure for, and sell, their work – especially with the Holidays coming up. As a result, Jocelyn Wheeler at Brooklyn's organic grocery store decided to create a "Saturday Market" experience for artists seeking a platform for their wares. Ned Hasbrouck, manager of the store, remarks that the project has been going on since August. Sometimes, he says, there are over a dozen artists set up along the sidewalk, or in the space provided by the gym next door. "They bring their own tents and tables to set up on Saturdays between about noon and 5 p.m.," he tells THE BEE. "If the weather is poor, they can set up indoors here, or just not come. The number and type of crafters changes all the time, but there's always an interesting mix here to explore."

Hasbrouck describes some of the artistry that has been displayed in the informal artist's market so far: "There's been vintage clothing, T-shirts, hats, jewelry, cards, framed and unframed artwork, vanilla extract kits, stickers, pottery, purses, toys, soaps, and natural body care products. "It's a great way for new artists to gain exposure; most of them offer business cards along with their wares. We are also pleased to serve food, coffee, drinks, and our regular products, during business hours."

"Know Thy Food" has a history of supporting local artists through presentations, music, and classes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when many crafters have had to remain indoors, the new Saturday Flea Market offers a way to focus the community on local talent. People interested in trying out the opportunity of the informal "Artists' Market" are encouraged to contact Chairman Jocelyn Wheeler at 503/206-5766.


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