Author: Kim Motylewski, Cambridge Winter Farmers Market manager
For folks who like local arts and crafts as much as locally grown food, April is the month the visit the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market (CWFM). On three Saturdays – April 5th, 12th and 19th – CWFM will feature an Art Bazaar running alongside the farm market, in the Riverside Gallery space. On the final Saturday, April 26th, the Gallery will be one of the many, citywide Cambridge Arts-Open Studios sites. Open Studios activities at this site will continue on Sunday.
Having experimented in past years with including one or two art vendors in the farm market each week, managers Amelia Joselow and Kim Motylewski concluded that the arts needed a special focus all their own. “We found that visitors to the farmers market had their minds mainly on dinner, not on decorating or accessorizing, or gifts,” says Motylewski. “With this excellent collection of creative work, we expect to attract shoppers who are interested in a wide range of media and expression, people equally interested in art and food, the studio and the kitchen.”
The Art Bazaar will include a dozen exhibitors on each of the three dates with a total of twenty unique artists overall. Vendors will offer a wide range of high quality arts and crafts ranging from functional pottery, handmade soaps and plantable pencils; to wearable jewelry, baby clothes, and shopping bags; to wall-ready paintings, photography and hand-cut block prints.
CWFM’s website includes a detailed list of Art Bazaar vendors and links to their individual websites at http://www.cambridgewinterfarmersmarket.com/april-art-bazaar--open-studios.html
On April 26th and 27th: the Riverside Gallery will be a so-called “common venue” or shared exhibit site for five artists participating in Cambridge Arts – Open Studios. The exhibit runs 12-6pm on both days, which on Saturday overlaps with CWFM’s hours of 10am-2pm and will be a festive part of the market’s final market day of the year.
The artists exhibiting their work in the Riverside Gallery are photographers Shubhra Pandit, Rosalie Post and Shrenik Sadalg, collage artist Elizabeth Stern and Riverside Gallery director, Carol Moses, who will present painting, watercolors and prints.
Open Studios activities at the site continue on Sunday with music and poetry performances, Make-and-Take Art activities at noon, 2 and 4pm. Details of the Cambridge Arts – Open Studios activities can be found in this online brochure.
The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market and Riverside Gallery are both resident projects of the Cambridge Community Center, an independent non-profit that offers social, cultural, educational and recreational activities to all.