By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Local artists of all fields and kinds were showcased this weekend at the Winter Art Market.
Hosted by the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, the biannual marketplace demonstrates some of the best artisans in the area. Officials with the Rome bureau happily reported a high volume of attendees packing into the crowded Civic Center to browse the assorted array of crafts.
Kim Depp sheers her own sheep and spins her own wool to fashion environmentally friendly items. Like many of the other vendors, her ‘Positive Plantation’ booth saw a steady stream of customers all weekend.
“We’re kind of 50-50. We got the people that are looking and thinking about what to buy for Christmas, and then we got those that were definitely Christmas shopping this weekend,” she said. “This is a jury fair, which means you have to actually apply for it; send in photos and then be approved. That’s why all the items here are of a good quality. There are no ‘flea-market’ finds. Everything has to be hand-made that’s here at the market.”
Traditional crafts were not the only skills on display. Authors from the Rome Area Writers association sold anthologies and promoted the works of local novelists, like retired Rome Police Lieutenant Lonie B. Adcock’s memoir Memories of an Old Geezer.
The event is still relatively new—--this is only the third seasonal Market the Visitors Bureau has hosted. However, they have reported increasing numbers across the board with each fair. And, for those who missed a chance at purchasing a one-of-a-kind, handmade item, the market will be back again this Spring.