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Second Saturday Art Market inside old Regions Bank

 

NATCHEZ — On Saturday, the former Regions Bank on 321 Franklin Street will house a craft store like no other, one filled with a variety of unique creations that are the only ones of their kind sold by the same hands that made them.

The Second Saturday Art Market begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and lasts until 2 p.m., said organizer, Sarah Freeman, during which time more than 20 skilled local craftsmen will have their work on display and for sale.

The art market, which began last October, now opens the second Saturday of every month between March and December, Freeman said, adding participants have enjoyed the beautiful and interesting goodies they have found there — wooden bowls, knitted crocheted blankets and clothing, painted rocks from across the world, photography and oil paintings, pictures that move like a mobile and more.

The market has also hosted non-profit groups to share information and support charitable causes in the community, Freeman said.

“Almost everything is made by hand, and it’s always the artists themselves who show their own work,” Freeman said.

The market was created by the Downtown Merchant’s Group, a group of Downtown Natchez residents and business owners, to make Natchez a more attractive shopping venue for both visitors and locals, Freeman said, and has become an inspiration tool for creativity.

“The arts in Natchez are a really important part of our community,” Freeman said, “and we really encourage everyone to come to support our local artists and help Natchez become a more creative place to be.”

Freeman said questions and requests for information about how to volunteer or participate in future art markets can be sent to artinnatchez@gmail.com.

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