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Artisan Outdoor Market to Launch at Republic Square

The park-like grounds of The Energy Corridor’s new Republic Square mixed-use development snuggled alongside Langham Creek will be transformed into an artisan market complete with food purveyors and festivities.

“Art Is An Outdoor Market” debuts 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017. Admission is FREE.

Necklace from Artisan Outdoor Market | Energy CorridorThe inaugural indoor/outdoor event will showcase artists and artisans – plus a curated assortment of specialty vendors from Houston and beyond. An array of food purveyors will join DJs and a Kids Zone for the event. 

“Art-Is-An Outdoor Market will bring painters of all kinds, sewistas, vintage clothing and jewelry dealers, sculptors, woodworkers, print makers, quilters, candle makers, flower vendors, specialty small businesses and more in a festive setting throughout the wooded, waterfront grounds of Republic Square,” explains Sarah Lowe, owner of The Art Cellar of Houston, who is collaborating with Guerra Studios founder Marco Guerra to bring the inaugural artisan festival to Republic Square.

The idea, says Lowe, is to establish a regularly occurring artisans market featuring different themes such as geography, culture and art genres. Lowe says they also are planning a fall festival and hope to eventually host quarterly events.

“I’m originally from Lafayette, where we have lots of festivals with different themes nearly every week,” says Lowe. “For the moment, we’re focusing on Houston, which has so many amazing artists. For upcoming festivals, we hope to feature different cultures, arts and mediums from around the world.”

Republic Square’s unique setting makes for a compelling festival location, one envisioned by The Energy Corridor District in its master plan.

Vendors will line up along the wooded lake with some artists and artisans setting up inside Republic Square’s 20,000 square-foot meeting and event center, which will also serve as a backup in case of rain.

Highlights include musicians and DJs, face painters and an imaginarium – a kid’s craft area inspired by Lowe’s visits to an Amsterdam museum with an exhibit that lets youths create a diverse assortment of artwork using things like straws, tape and toothpicks.

“There will be a pop-up French Corridor dining experience, including picnic fare plus beer and wine from Foodies Gourmet, Rouge Wine Bar and Le Mistral,” adds Lowe.

While numerous vendors have already confirmed participation, applications are being accepted for vintage clothing and jewelry dealers, painters of all mediums, sculptors, woodworkers, print makers, quilters, candle makers, sewistas, paper makers, welders and more.  For information, contact artisanoutdoormarket@gmail.com.

For more information about Art Is An Outdoor Market, visit here.

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