An artistic twist on the traditional holiday market returns this Saturday to the American Visionary Art Museum in South Baltimore.
On Nov. 26, AVAM is will again convert a floor of its Jim Rouse Visionary Center into the “BAAZART” market featuring artisans from the Baltimore area and surrounding region. Forty-six artists and craft makers will set up shop in the building (located next to the museum building) and sell their paintings, jewelry, metalwork, clothing, sculptures and other goods. While the market is housed only on the third floor, shoppers can enter for free and enjoy the added bonus of viewing kinetic sculptures and other works on the first and second floors.
BAZAART is unordinary in that it’s also a juried show. According to Michele Coziahr, AVAM’s director of facility rentals and events, a handful of jurors comb though hundreds of applications each year. They “try to pick out the vendors that not only will people enjoy, but also that we feel are artists and tie in with the aesthetic and feel of the Visionary Art Museum,” she said.
Fitting into that vibe is no easy task at a museum with a strong reputation for its shows featuring art with an edgy or rambunctious feel. As a result, shoppers can expect to find gifts they might not see at other holiday market stands in the area, all of them produced within the region.
The fact that many of the goods are homegrown brings an added appeal. “I think that people like that not only the artists are local, but a lot of the artwork references the sights and feels of Baltimore,” Coziahr said.
BAZAART runs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A full list of vendors and information about the museum’s preview party on Friday night are available here.
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