If you go
What: East End Bazaar Open-Air Artisan Market
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through October
Where: Corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ian Bode has no idea whether his colorful graphic paintings will appeal to shoppers in an open-air market.
The Charleston artist is willing to take a chance.
The way he looks at it, participating in the East End Bazaar Open-Air Artisan Market is a great way to support East End Main Street and its efforts to revitalize the neighborhood.
Jewelry designer Mary Blake, meanwhile, is looking forward to meeting potential customers in person. She sells her unique beaded pieces that incorporate vintage beads, broaches and other elements, in an Etsy shop online. While she can converse with customers via email, Blake said telling her story in person is better.
"They're little pieces of history," she said of her jewelry.
Blake and Bode are two of eight artists and crafters who will be on hand Saturday for the grand opening of the bazaar, located at the northwest corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.
The market will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through October. Next year, plans call for opening the market every Saturday from April through the warm season.
The market's 10 stalls, created by piecing together donated wooden pallets and other recycled materials, are large enough for artisans to share space and Ned Savage, the market's manager, and Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street, said they are open to that option.
In fact, Bode will be sharing a stall with Kelly Bryant, who is bringing colorful paintings and pastel drawings. This is her first foray into selling her artwork in a public way, though Bryant, a bartender at the Boulevard Tavern, has successfully sold some of her pieces at the tavern.