Maker market showcases local artists and creators

Mairead Stewart, Contributing writer

As the season of ‘dreary Erie’ returns, there seems to be little to look forward to. Don’t stress, though, for the Western Pennsylvania Makers Market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1307 State Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is the second annual market, and the event is free and open to the public. No registration is needed for attendees.

On the Erie Arts Festival website, an excerpt is shared about Benton Bainbridge, one of the founders of the event: “Benton Bainbridge moved back to Erie after building a career as a digital media artist in New York and California. Benton is making an investment in the City of Erie by pur-chasing and rehabbing a building and opening a space where digital artists can create, collaborate and exhibit work. Benton has embarked on a major adaptive reuse project, saving a building that sat vacant for decades. The building was previously a furniture manufacturer and at one point in time served as a location where wagon wheels were built.”

Many of the artists have previews to their work such as Zach Merril, who uses both traditional and new printing methods to create one-of-a-kind garments and prints.

For those who prefer more of a sculpture style, Yerace Glass Studio will also have an exhibit showing and selling their best pieces.

These are just two examples out of the vast selection of art and other goods that will be showcased at the festival. Erie is an incredibly diverse and charismatic city, so consider showing up to the Erie Arts Festival to celebrate everything that the city offers artistically. The entire event takes much preparation and looks like a fantastic way for Lakers to spend their Saturday. Check out @erieartsculture on Instagram to look at some more of the featured makers.