You know what Dallas needs? A weekly indoor marketplace connecting local artisans with potential clients that also promises free beer and wine. You know what Dallas is getting? Bingo.
This upcoming three-day weekend is full of promise, but none as big as the Dallas Handmade Arts Market Grand Opening on Saturday morning at 327 Cole St. Each weekend, local artists will rent booths (guaranteeing a flow that keeps things fresh) and guests are invited to browse from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Oh wait, did we hear free beer? Saturdays will feature a "Wine Walk" from 5 to 7 and Sundays a "Beer Browse" where you can get your paws on some complimentary tipple while supplies last.
Local artists, huh? Sounds a little generic. Director of Marketing, Danielle Glick, just happened to snap some photos at Sunday night's artist meet-and-greet. Why don't we introduce you to a few of these folks and their wares?
Left: Dallas artist, Jeree Land of Bea's Collectables, models her handmade pop tab purses. Top right: a colorful pop tab purse work in progress, with its future liner fabric waiting to be sewn in. Top left: wild animal fabric liner forms large pockets inside one of Jeree's purses.
Dallas artist, Julie Herrick of The Hammered Bead, models her handmade necklace and earrings.
Dallas artist, Jing Zhou of Jing's Calligraphy Arts, fans out a few of her hand-painted Chinese calligraphy customizable greeting cards.
Hand-painted Chinese calligraphy framed art by Dallas artist, Jing of Jing's Calligraphy Arts.
Dallas artist, Kelley Shaw of Kelley's Creations, models her handmade beaded necklaces.
Dallas artist, Leslie Liebman of Leslie Liebman Designs, models her handmade beaded necklace and earrings.
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Handmade beaded bracelets by Dallas artist, Leslie Liebman of Leslie Liebman Designs.
Check out dallashandmade.com for more details and don't forget this weekend's grand opening, featuring local handmade goods, musicians and free libations.