The Mt. Airy Art Garage hosts its first holiday art market, starting this weekend. The market will feature fine arts and handcrafts by artists from Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and Germantown and live music from local performers. It will be open for three weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 and 4, 10 and 11 and 17 and 18 from 10am to 5pm.
The holiday market is a new venture since MAAG moved into it’s new 5,000 square foot home at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue. They celebrated the grand opening at the location last September.
Linda Slodki, president and co-founder, said that this event will be more than just an opportunity to check items off the gift list. “This is not just an art market, it’s a community experience. We are a collaborative organization and totally community based.”
Each weekeknd will include different neighborhood based artists and live music from NW Philadelphia based performers like Saint Mad and Not My Dogg. A variety of items will be on sale including leather goods, clay and fiber art, jewelry and visual arts. Slodki said that with the wide variety of goods, there’s something for every budget.
The holiday market is just the tip of the iceberg of events planned for the Art Garage’s future. As the space is built out, plans are in the works for a permanent gallery, seven artist studios, workshop rooms, an art library, and a moveable stage for performance. However, since MAAG has only been in its new home for a few months, the most pressing construction issue is completion of the permanent bathrooms.
Slodki is excited about the future of the venue and sees MAAG as place where artists, art lovers and the community can come to share visions, stories and ideas. “It’s an incubator for the arts. It’s a dream machine”.