Art lovers mourned when Pamela Gutlon closed her Outsiders Art and Collectibles at 718 Iredell St. in 2013.
Holly Phelan Johnson, owner of HappymessART Supply Shop and Studios, was among them.
“HappymessART was then in the space above Outsiders Art, and Pam’s art receptions were amazing,” said Phelan Johnson. “When she left, we wanted to keep the cool thing going and pay it forward to Durham and Durham artists.”
Phelan Johnson, who took over Gutlon’s vacated space, began BazaART on Iredell Street last year.
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“It is like a family cookout. Just kind of normal for here, very laid back,” she said. “It just keeps growing, which is awesome.”
Rain or shine, Sunday’s BazaART runs from 1-5 p.m., is free, and includes locally made art and food, live art demonstrations and music.
Griffin Ross will be playing sax and Josh Buczynski, who creates paper toys, will also be in attendance along with Patty Fuentes, who makes bug spray and hand salve with essential oils.
“You never know who is going to be here,” Phelan Johnson said.
Jennifer Collins-Mancour and Eshe Brooks, a rising senior at Jordan High School are setting up shop for Sunday’s event. Partners for Youth Opportunity in Durham had approached Collins-Mancour about taking on the mentor role for Brooks.
“I design and make handbags and clothing out of recycled materials,” Collins-Mancour said. She has been showing Brooks how to sew and draft patterns, and just as important, the skills she will need to be able to make a sustainable living as an artist.
“She reminds me of myself in high school,” Collins-Mancour said. “She is interested in creating something that is different and unique. By being at the BazaART, Brooks will have a chance to learn how to do sales, including using a card reader, and this is a great thing to learn early.”
Last year Phelan Johnson was the solo organizer of BazaART. This year she has been joined by Theresa Naomi Writz, who owns Naomi Studio and Gallery at 711 Iredell St. To promote her recently opened gallery, Writz had put on this spring what she called “Third Sunday Events.” She and Phelan Johnson joined forces this year, so BazaART now carries the Third Sunday prefix.
“My vision is that eventually this becomes a tradition on Iredell Street where the street is closed for this event,” Writz said. “I also hope that other business on the street will get involved. ... The arts are very important to open up people’s minds, to keep things real.”
Writz’s gallery provides a venue for her relief prints, photographs, and drawings and also includes work by other local artists, many of whom will be on hand including Debbie Lassiter Little and Lisa Gonzales, who will be giving a glass art demo, Tony Alderman, Ray Tolan, Mark Kinsella, Doug Nelson, Erika King, Kimberly Pierce Cartwright, Lynne Clarke, and Michael LePard. Other vendors who will be on hand include Carolina Consignment Shop, Bull City Street Food food truck, Dang Good Dogs (with a veggie dog option), Leonard “Mojo Hand” Green-Blues Music, Blue Bamboo Salon, face painter Jay Writz, and Bull City Cigars, who will give a cigar rolling demo.
“Holly and I did our first event together in May, and it was incredibly exciting.” Writz said. “I knew that despite all of the work, we needed to continue.”
All activities will take place in the area in the parking area of Naomi Studio and Gallery and on the front lawn and back yard of HappymessART.
Interested in sharing your locally made artwork, products, crafts, music, or food? Go to happymessart.com. Email questions to Phelan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Writz at email@example.com.