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Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Not your average market…

One of the best parts about working with Art Lives Here partners is seeing the creative ideas proposed back in January start to come to life. Nothing has been so rewarding as watching the growth and development of the Gateway Community Development Corporation‘s Route 1 Farmer’s Market and Bazaar. What started out as a seed of an idea, has quickly blossomed over the past month under the careful watch of Executive Director Carole Bernard, her dedicated team and an incredible collection of artists and volunteers.

Please be sure to follow the market on their Blog (fabulous photos, up to date info, artist and farmer info, and recipes!). Like them on Facebook, and get the most up to date info on Twitter.

Getting ready for you! Come out to see how this space has transformed. Route 1 Farmers Market planning meeting with participating artists: (l-r): Kenny George, Carole Bernard, Becky Borlan, Patrick McDonough, Susan Kleps, Leslie Holt and Melissa Glasser.

This Art Lives Here Coordinator grew up a farmers market junkie. In a time before iPods, tablets, and miniature TVs in cars during frequent family road trips up and down the East Coast, boring stretches of road were consistently broken up by two things: a new ending game of “I Spy” and farmers markets. All through New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia we’d pull off and follow signs for local markets and local farm stands. My brother and I would pick out home-baked pastries to messily consume in the back seat while our parents picked up fresh produce, milk and eggs from “happy” cows and chickens for the post-road-trip-thank-god-we’re-home meal. This farmers market tradition was so deeply ingrained that I still can’t take a road trip without stopping at least one of these farm stands.

So it’s with great enthusiasm that I’ve been following the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar on Facebook. It’s here that you can see the documentation of the transformations taking place. What was once an empty auto lot and ignored field has turned into something totally different.

Transforming Space - Artist and educator, Susan Kleps, will create painted murals for the wrought iron fence along Route 1 that will welcome visitors to the market. Her intricate works draw on the natural world for inspiration. Her painting method involves layering of highly detailed and tonal line work over brightly colored backgrounds.

Transforming Space – Artist and educator, Susan Kleps, will create painted murals for the wrought iron fence along Route 1 that will welcome visitors to the market. Her intricate works draw on the natural world for inspiration. Her painting method involves layering of highly detailed and tonal line work over brightly colored backgrounds.

The Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar is not your average market. In fact this creative placemaking venture blows the sleepy upstate farm stands of my youth out of the water. Gateway Community Development Corporation has created so much more than an environmentally friendly, shop-local effort for the summer. They’ve pulled on the Gateway Arts District’s greatest resource to give this market lasting transformative effects, our artists.

The Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar blog says it best: “Local farms, vendors and artists are invited to participate in our efforts to improve the quality of life for the residential, business and artist communities by activating this space with a community revitalization project that integrates the arts. The market will provide access to fresh produce, family activities for all ages, and handmade products from regional crafters and artists. The market looks to serve the diverse communities of the surrounding towns.”

Gateway Arts District Artist Becky Borlan will create a site-specific sculptural installation that utilizes reclaimed automobile tires wrapped in Astroturf.

Gateway Arts District Artist Becky Borlan will create a site-specific sculptural installation that utilizes reclaimed automobile tires wrapped in Astroturf.

However as any local to the DC-MD-VA area can attest, introducing arts and crafts vendors to a new farmers market is not an original idea nor an easy feat, especially with giants like Eastern Market just a hop, skip and a jump away. So what makes the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar different? It listens to the community.

Back in April, Huffington Post writer Troy Campbell, a Social Scientist from Duke University, wrote “Ask People About What They Love, Not What They Do“. He writes, “Philosophers and psychologists often ponder the question, ‘Who are we?’ Consumer researchers have found the answer to this question is very much reflected and expressed through what we consume.” The Gateway Community Development Corporation asked the Gateway Arts District, “what do you love” and through the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar, attempts to serve the community.

These tubs were made for planting - and that's just what Gateway Arts District Artists Patrick McDonugh and Kenny George will do with their project Catalog Brewing - one of these days these tubs will grow some hops & chard for you!

These tubs were made for planting – and that’s just what Gateway Arts District Artists Patrick McDonugh and Kenny George will do with their project Catalog Brewing – one of these days these tubs will grow some hops & chard for you!

Thus we get community-sourced projects like Gleaning the Rains: Performance artist and local resident J.J. McCracken collaborates with Red Dirt Studio’s Margaret Boozer to address site-specific/local and broader issues of stormwater management with their project, Gleaning the Rains. Together with Catalog Brewing’s Patrick McDonough & Kenny George, plus a team of students and interns, McCracken and Boozer transform a hitch trailer into a mobile rainwater collection unit for the market site.

Not the average market - A field of sunflowers! Well kind of . . . these take a while to grow! Come and watch them bloom in the garden space at the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar. Each 3-5 foot wide /7 foot tall plant will be spaced 10 feet apart to allow the passage of curious human observers. #Rt1farmersmarket Visit: www.Rt1farmersmarket.wordpress.com for more info

Not the average market – A field of sunflowers! Well kind of . . . these take a while to grow! Come and watch them bloom in the garden space at the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar. Each 3-5 foot wide /7 foot tall plant will be spaced 10 feet apart to allow the passage of curious human observers.

And Sunflower Fields: “Michael Turner, resident of Gateway Arts District, will be planting a small field of sunflowers produced June to October will effect to the observer yellow-a-plenty, not at foot level, but high up at eye level or higher! Observers are encouraged to walk among them and get lost a little if they can. The sunflower field will function to provide pollinator-insects and feasting birds space to be, and a draw to humans (who like flowers).”

With family-friendly opportunities every Saturday for people of all shapes and sizes to create and move with local artists and a date-perfect Twilight Market the first Friday of every month (except July), the Route 1 Farmers Market & Bazaar is not your average market.

Join us at the route 1 FArmers Market and Bazaar tonight! For more information about the Market, like their facebook page and follow their blog.

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About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit www.joesmovement.org

One comment on “Not your average market…

  1. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for raleigh

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