|Guild members Louise Hobbs, Vidabeth Bensen, and Cally Curtis are making a splash at the First Annual Calico Makers Market.|
|Members of the Education Committee, they will be presenting two participatory art activities for visitors to enjoy. The painting activity, inspired by Jackson Pollock, will give visitors a chance to learn a bit about the artist, play with paint, look at Pollock’s work for ideas on how to apply paint, and take home their own masterpiece. If clay is more their style, patrons can also learn to make pinch pot sculptures—creating their own mushrooms, garden fairies, flowers, or creatures. |
“I wanted to fill the gap left by a year of no community gatherings by having a small, simple, and safe maker’s market. The idea is to celebrate art by creating a market for artisan vendors, participatory art activities, and lots of fun immersing ourselves in play!”, says Heather Washburn, architect and artist at Calico Studio, about their first Makers Market. Washburn also serves as a volunteer member of the Chatham Artists Guild advisory board. “Chatham Artists Guild is pleased to support the Makers Market with art activities for the general public in a fun event which brings together artists and the community.” commented longtime arts educator and artist, Louise Hobbs.
Also facilitating the event is Guild member Vidabeth Bensen. Bensen is a retired high school art teacher with a Masters in Gifted Education. Since moving to Chatham County in 1991, she has been an artist-in-residence in both Durham and Chatham County schools. She welcomes this opportunity to help children and adults have new experiences in art. Cally Curtis, who joined the Guild in 2020, commented that Community Art is right up her alley. She worked for many years as a Teaching Artist with the Curators of Education with several museums in Atlanta, GA—The Museum of Design, The High, and The Children’s Museum.
Bensen will also have a booth at the market with her silkscreen prints, along with other Guild members sculptor Forrest Greenslade, and basketmaker Eva Green.
Calico Makers Market will feature fine art and crafts from local vendors, performances by local musicians, and promises a full weekend of craft, music, and fun!
First Annual Calico Makers Market
April 24-25, 10am–4pm
1141 Smith Level Road