BEAR'S ARTIST MARKETPLACE BRINGS APPALACHIAN ARTS, CRAFTS TO DAHLONEGA'S SQUARE
By Jimmy Booth
Both bargains and fun can be found at the 2017 Bear on the Square Mountain Festival’s Artist Marketplace the third weekend in April on the Public Square. Smart shoppers will find North Georgia’s finest market of traditional crafts, a remarkable collection featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade items available for purchase directly from some the mountain region’s best artists.
Held in and around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, the Marketplace continues its tradition of presenting the juried work from an impressive group of top quality regional artists, including Billy Roper. Open on Saturday, April 22, from 10am-6pm and on Sunday, April 23, from 10am-5pm., rain or shine, the market will have 81 booths containing the work of Marketplace artists and craftsmen.
Featured artists, some of whom will be demonstrating their talents, will display fabric and yarn arts, folk art/mixed media, furniture/woodworking, glass and metal, jewelry, drawing and painting, pottery, kitchen and grourmet wares, bath and body products, woodworking, and other craft categories. Of these artists and craftsmen, 15 of them will be at Bear for the first time. The photo here is of a walking stick by Malcolm Sharp.
In another section of the Marketplace, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Festival Co-Sponsor, will present several demonstrating artists who work in blacksmithing, broom making, basketry, spinning, woodcarving and weaving.
For the fourth time at the Bear festival, there will be a Luthiers' Row, featuring skilled, regional instrument builders.
The Marketplace will also have a First Aid tent and booths for exhibiting sponsors, festival information and merchandise booths, the Weekend Gold Miners, and the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School.
Located in Hancock Park across the street from the MainStage Tent will be tents for the Georgia Mountains Hand Spinners, balloon artist Barbara Tolson, face painter Dusty Popko, Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority, Save Georgia's Hemlocks, Lumpkin Coalition/Hemlockfest, and the LCMS KISS Club.