The Falmouth ArtMarket opens for its 14th season on Thursday, July 1, at Marina Park, 180 Scranton Avenue. Open from 11 AM to 5 PM, every Thursday in July and August, the ArtMarket offers fine arts and crafts, musical entertainment from 2 to 4 PM, and, new this year, a Book Booth featuring local authors, and visits from Falmouth Library’s Book Bike from 11 AM to 12 PM.
The ArtMarket was founded in 2007 by the late Marty Tulloch, who as chair of the Falmouth Cultural Council, wanted to support local artists and musicians by giving them an affordable weekly venue to show and sell their artwork and to provide public performance space. Now, the ArtMarket is coordinated by Jane Parhiala, a fiber artist and author of a memoir, “Reckless at the Border,” who is just completing her term as chair of the Cultural Council.
“We are so happy to be back at the ArtMarket,” said Parhiala. “We have 25 vendors, nine performers, nine authors, and nine visits from the Book Bike. It will be a busy and fun summer.
“The ArtMarket benefits not only the artisans, musicians, and authors,” said Parhiala, “but it helps support the Falmouth Cultural Council. The FCC receives funds from the Mass Cultural Council, to support programs in the Arts, Humanities, and Interpretive Sciences and the additional funds raised by the ArtMarket help supplement those funds, which allows the Council to fund more local projects.”
In addition to Parhiala, a weaver, artists and craftspeople this season include Sandy Faxon, who creates colorful collages of sea life and whimsical watercolors of local scenes; Diane Precourt, owner of Buddha Buns, who designs and creates Zafu Cushions, Japanese Sleeping Pillows, Yoga Eye Pillows and more; Judy La Cava, owner of Cape Cod Octopus’s Garden, who combines fine silver and sea glass, shells, and stones to create unique jewelry; Cheryl McSherry, owner of Mercy 3 Soaps, LLC, who makes all-natural ingredient soaps and greeting cards: Anju Rajani, of AR Pottery, who makes functional pieces with bold design motifs; Richard Heath, of GrampsGrannyStitch, who crochets cozy blankets in a wide variety of colors; and Carl Sheffer, a prize-winning photographer who specializes in travel photos.
Also, Seth Rainville, potter; Nancy Sawyer, original fish-related art; Martine Binder-Desbiens, papercraft; Lori Bauknecht, soaps, lip balms, and more; Dani Pyne, chunky knit pillows and blankets; Patrick Laughead, paintings; Betsy Goren, polymer clay items; William Brown, planters and macrame; Tricia Senior, embroidered hats; Bernie Rivard, window boxes; Sally Langlais, ornaments and jewelry; Dante Gandini, paintings; Mike Adams, wooden bowls; Shirley Hendriksen, sewing/embroidery; Joe Freedman, photography on canvas; Mark Epstein, books; and Marilyn Rowland, jewelry.
Musicians include The Familiars of Cape Cod on July 1; The Harper and the Minstrel on July 8; Bill Black on July 15; Jerry Doherty on July 22; Country Flavored on July 29; Dawna Hammers on August 5; Kathleen Healy on August 12; the Resemblance on August 19; and Andrew Sexton on August 26. Bring chairs, a beach towel, or a blanket and sit back and enjoy the music.
The Book Booth features authors Sandra Stosz on July 1; Christina Laurie on July 8; Mark Chester on July 15; Mwalim (Morgan James Peters) and Ayeshah on July 22; Christine Anderson on July 29; Jane Parhiala on August 5; Ann Grosz and Margaret Moncy on August 12; and Erin Fischell on August 19.
For more information, visit FalmouthArtMarket.com.