The Uptown Village Market will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 5pm to 10 pm, and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10am to 4 pm, at the Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave.
The two-day event will showcase more than 70 local independent artists, crafters and designers in an inviting, whimsical, holiday-themed, indoor setting.
From edgy assemblage art creations to vintage-inspired items, the show will offer: clothing for men, women and kids; handbags; accessories; art, ceramics; home goods; garden finds; plushies; jewelry; paper goods; edible treats; pet gear; bath and body products; and more. The atmosphere and set-up allow shoppers to meet the artists to discuss their creations.
The event will also offer craft workshops, a wine-tasting room, and a booth offering homemade chili.
This is the third run of this event, which has sold out quickly each time, according to a press release by Gallery Expo, which is co-organizing the event with Bella Cosa Boutique. The expected outcome is to create an annual event designed to discover new artistic talent, one that allows independent artisans to build an independent craft business, all while attracting hundreds of attendees under a warm, comfortable and inviting setting all in one location. It is also designed to emphasize that artistic, handcrafted items make wonderful and personable gifts and are a great alternative to big-box store gifts.
The event is free to the public, and opening night will take place in conjunction with the First Fridays Art Walk on Dec. 7. Organizers are encouraging those who want to enjoy a more personable and relaxing experience to attend on Saturday, so they can truly take in all the offerings of the event.