REXBURG — Two Rexburg friends and fellow artists decided it was high time for Eastern Idaho to have its own fine art market.
The Eastern Idaho Art Market will be held behind the Madison School District offices at 60 West Main Street in Rexburg on Saturday, August 27th from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. It will feature more than 30 artisans and makers of handmade goods.
The market’s founders, folk artist Alex Reed and watercolor artist Shelby Thayne, both of Rexburg, have enjoyed participating in similar events elsewhere. They felt Eastern Idaho had enough of its own talent and appreciation for the arts to create a new market here at home.
Reed and Thayne agreed that their goal is for the market to be different than a craft fair or a more typical vendor event that hosts many different types of vendors. The East Idaho Art Market will be curated with only original art and handmade goods.
“Our vision is to offer something that allows people to experience fine art,” says Reed. “It puts the arts at the forefront of the market rather than on the sidelines, and it teaches the community about the arts.”
Thayne looks forward to an event that will increase the appreciation of the arts in the community.
“The idea is to have a place where we curate and celebrate high-quality fine art and handmade goods, and where we connect those artists with the community,” Thayne says.
The market will feature several food vendors and more than 30 local artists in many different styles, including painting, drawing, illustration, jewelry, photography, paper cutting, mosaics, ceramics and more. You can see previews of some of the artists and their work on the market’s Instagram page.
Reed hopes the market will establish itself as “the place for art in Eastern Idaho.” She and Thayne hope it will become a beloved community tradition.
“We want to build this community, and we’re starting now,” Reed says. “We are in it for the long haul. We see it as something that will grow every year.”
Reed and Thayne are also planning a holiday art market for Dec. 3. You can find more information about this and future markets and sign up for email notifications on the market’s website.