The Falmouth ArtMarket features music by The Harper and the Minstrel on Thursday, July 14, at Falmouth Marina Park, 180 Scranton Avenue. The ArtMarket runs every Thursday through September 1, offering fine arts and crafts from 11 to 5 PM, a Book Booth featuring local authors from 11 AM to 2 PM, visits from Falmouth Library’s Book Bike from 11 AM to 12 PM, and musical entertainment from 2 to 4 PM.
The Harper and The Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels. They are passionate performers of music from the past, sung and played on a wide variety of diverse musical instruments, including the cláirseach (an Irish wire-strung harp), Gothic harp, Celtic folk harp, bowed psaltery, alto, soprano, and tenor recorders, Irish wooden flute, penny whistles, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, bowed dulcimer/viol, baroque guitar, and rebec (an early bowed instrument). They sing and play love songs, jigs, reels, and dances, medieval, Renaissance, and Celtic music.
The featured author will be Mark Epstein, who will talk about his book, They Call Me Pathfinder, a memoir about his difficult youth, his dreams of playing basketball, and his mission to improve the world through sports.
ArtMarket features over two dozen artists and craftspeople. Among them is William Brown, owner of Pine Island Studio. William makes small concrete planters for air plants and succulents.
“I work mainly in technology-based art,” Brown said. “I begin by printing out plastic forms on a 3D printer, and then using the plastic forms to create original molds. Then everything is cast in concrete. I make three sizes of a dozen different Pokémon caricature planters and two sizes of my own geometric designs.”
He has been making the planters for about seven years, initially starting with office, bathroom, and table-top organizers before specializing his planters. He sells them complete with air plants or succulents, both easy-to-care-for plants, and knots his own macrame hangers of cotton cord to hold the planters.
Making the planters is a full-time job for Brown, who has found an enthusiastic demand for his products. He was a graphic design major and uses his skills in a variety of technological art activities. He is also involved in wood turning, metal working, merchandizing, and branding. He recently designed a logo, stickers, posters, and program announcements for ArtsFalmouth’s Woods Hole Trad Stroll and Arts Alive events.
For more information on the Falmouth ArtMarket, including a schedule of musicians and a list of vendors, visit FalmouthArtMarket.com.