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Unique buys found at Art Mart

Katie Monday
Staff Writer

A variety of homeade art pieces were for sale at the Friday Night Art Mart sponsored by Studio Claremont at the Packing House in downtown Claremont.

The open space in the middle of the Packing House was used to set up tables where local artists could display and sell their art.

“The art is all unique,” said Gabrielle Heide, founder of Studio Claremont, an art studio and gallery. “We don’t jury, we just screen them ourselves. As long as they are family friendly, we let them in to sell their pieces.”

Stephanie Aud of Auds and Ends displayed her hair clips, necklaces, buttons, pins and other accessories for sale.

“I make different things like jewelry, all the way to light switches,” Aud said. “My pieces range from a dollar to $30.”

Aud also sold bead trinkets of the characters’ faces from “The Simpsons.”

Another table had Stephen Solis’ mason jar drinking glasses with celebrity faces painted on them,

Solis, of Prestige Gleam, said he painted on the faces and then used two layers of a clear coat to protect the mason jars from wearing down.

Other art pieces included Solis’ headbands with large flowers.

“The most common pieces we see are scarves, photos, ceramics and things like that,” Heide said. “The most unique artist we had was a monster sculptor.”

The event is aimed to support the community by giving artists a chance to sell and display the art they have created.

“Artists are free-willed people,” Heide said. “So some we see often and some we never see again,”

The Art Mart is at its busiest during the holiday season, since artists are looking to sell the pieces they have created as gifts.

The event can get up to 20 artists and their tables, but Heide’s goal is to spread the word about the Art Mart among artists, in hopes of filling the Packing District with tables of vendors and their art.

The Art Mart is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday night.

Katie Monday can be reached at katherine.monday@laverne.edu.

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