Catacombs Art Market showcases local talent

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Nestled in the midst of the North Village Arts District, Artlandish Gallery may appear to be a quaint space as far as art galleries are concerned. But take one step inside the gallery and the expanse of artwork of all types- ceramics, pottery, paintings, photography and jewelry, just to name a few- make it apparent that this building boasts more than the work of just one artist.

By renting out space to individual artists as it becomes available, and allowing them to operate their own booths, Artlandish is able to conduct business in an unconventional way.

The gallery, owned by artist Lisa Bartlett, charges each artist $50 per month for the use of their space, and a 10% consignment fee; as opposed to as high as 50% at other galleries in the area. In this way, artists are afforded the opportunity to sell their artwork, while retaining a profit to support their livelihood.

“Art is a hard market, and in order to be sustainable you have to think of creative ways to sell your art. This gallery was a big experiment, but allowing artists to rent their own space makes them feel like they have some ownership and a sense of pride in a space to call their own,” Bartlett said.

This past weekend, Artlandish played host to an event called the Catacombs Art Market- Holiday Edition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For the third year, this festive event featured work from over 40 artists, many of whom call Columbia home. Shoppers were invited to the event to browse, purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, and enjoy one of the unique staples of living in the city of Columbia.

Friday night featured an opening reception, including live music by Anna Duff, as well as wine and snacks. The bulk of the market took place on Saturday and Sunday, with most artists manning their booths in the lower level of the gallery, selling their work and socializing with customers. Hera Lynn performed lived music Sunday afternoon as shoppers perused the gallery.

One artist, Kate Martin, founder of a company called Peace Kitty showcased her design work at the event. Martin’s business motto reads, “Making a difference for our furr-legged friends,” and that is exactly what Peace Kitty aims to do.

For the past three years, Martin has been designing t-shirts, koozies, hats, and various other products, all with a purpose. To further her mission, Martin donates 10% of all profits to local animal shelters, including Second Chance, a no-kill shelter, and the Central Humane Society.

“With my products I promote walking in peace and kindness, and making a difference for our four-legged friends.I like to say that I make feel good shirts with a real good cause,” Martin said.

Another artist featured in the gallery was Jacqueline Pepper of All in the Family Arts and Crafts. Pepper creates pottery, Christmas ornaments and mobiles; while her sister Jodianne Pepper creates ink and watercolor drawings.

In 2000, Jacqueline Pepper underwent treatment for breast cancer. While receiving treatment, Pepper realized her need for a creative outlet and, what she termed, the healing and therapeutic nature of creating artwork. Shortly afterward, she cut back to part-time work as a social worker and pursued her passion as an artist.

“I seek to portray peace and love through art since those are two of the tenets of my faith. I love the idea that I canshare a part of myself with someone else,” Pepper said.

Pepper’s pottery is created using a mixture of stoneware and porcelain, and is made without the use of a wheel. Instead, she crafts her work using various methods such as pinching the clay into pots and layering coils. No matter the method, Pepper creates unique works of art of varying shapes and colors.

 

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