Local art, food and vintage-wear market an antidote to the mall
Winnipeg Makers and Market Market offers local shopping alternative in the Exchange District
Why go to the mall for mass-produced, assembly line gifts when you can buy a made-in-Manitoba original canvas, a one-of-a-kind handcrafted ring or a jar of locally made pickles?
That’s one of the driving sentiments behind Winnipeg Makers and Market, a marketplace held the first Friday of every month inside Frame Arts Warehouse.
“We’re handmade or vintage but we’re high quality. We’re not crafty, we’re artisans and artists. You get a bit of everything,” said Ali Tataryn, the market’s founder and one of three coordinators.
The public market launched in February and hosts a rotating roster of about 100 local sculptors, painters, spray-paint artists, photographers, knitters, jewellers and small-scale food purveyors, among other creative types.
“We’re trying to make it a night out too,” said Tataryn, while giving CBC a recent tour of the five-storey warehouse.
The market is held on the first floor in a large, bare bones room with exposed brick walls and ducting. The upper floors are rented as studio spaces for Winnipeg artists.
The market, which has gained a small but growing following, is more than just artists trying to support themselves, added Kat Pappas, a metalsmith jeweller and one of the market’s coordinators. (Ryan Poworoznik is the third coordinator.)
“It’s about supporting your local community, it’s about supporting your local economy and it’s about the environment too. It creates less carbon footprint, ” Pappras said.
While Winnipeggers are generally great supporters of artists and the arts, there’s always room to grow, she added.
Artists pay up to $45 to participate while public entry costs $2 per person or by donation.
The next market will be held Friday December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.