ARCATA, Calif. (KIEM)- The Arcata Plaza was filled with local arts and crafts earlier today for the return of the Sunday Art Market.
Local arts and crafts where on display at downtown Arcata for the return of the Sunday Art Markets.
“It feels wonderful to be out here celebrating life,” said Kathie Hagans, a vendor at the market. “All the customers are coming from all over and they are supporting us local artists.”
The festive outdoor market featured local artists along Eight Street between H and G streets.
The artists were excited to have a venue to showcase and sale their work after such a long pause due to the coronavirus pandemic and to be able see and interact with customers in person again.
“It’s an energetic exchange, you know, an equal exchange or energies,” said Neil Jefferson, a vender at the market. “So, you know like, people feed off of my art and I feed off of the love for my art that people show me.”
Organizers of the market say that this event isn’t just to help out many of the local artists that have struggled to find venues during the pandemic, but also to help generate more foot traffic for the local businesses.
“Having something like this on a Sunday in downtown allows everybody to go also into the stores because it’s slow, it’s not massive 10,000 people or something,” said Alex Stillman, a member of Arcata Main Street. “You can be comfortable, you can go and check out what else is going on.”
Arcata Main Street has been approved to host these markets until the end of June, but are working on hosting more throughout the entire summer.