Arti Gras drew a crowd out to the Stables at Russell Crossroads to view and purchase a variety of unique arts and crafts items, homemade by local vendors.  This was the second year for the art-centered event, which also featured activities for children, like painting. |
Arti Gras drew a crowd out to the Stables at Russell Crossroads to view and purchase a variety of unique arts and crafts items, homemade by local vendors. This was the second year for the art-centered event, which also featured activities for children, like painting. | Ed Bailey

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Arti Gras attracts ‘wonderful turnout’

Published 11:16am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

No amount of rain could keep patrons away from the second annual Arti Gras.

Held Saturday at the Stables at Russell Crossroads, the arts and crafts bazaar drew more than 20 vendors and a consistent stream of buyers.

“We had a wonderful turnout,” said Russell Lands director of marketing Janet Price. “The folks were stir-crazy, and this was the perfect place for them to get out and do something.”

Price praised the vendors for the variety of items they brought to the event. Among the arts and crafts sellers were Barb’s on Mulberry, Muddy Owl Pottery, Stray Cats home décor and Eclectic Pottery.

“The vendors were top-notch, and they all had wonderful merchandise,” Price said. “And people bought all day long.”

In addition to purchasing items, children were able to participate in creating their own art, as well as play in a bounce house and enjoy snow cones.

“The kids loved it,” Price said. “And the parents loved that the kids had something to do while they shopped.”

According to Russell Lands special events coordinator Emily Doggett, Arti Gras was well received by the vendors. She said the merchants appreciated the change of location from the Turpentine Mill Trail to the Stables.

“The artists loved the location,” Doggett said. “We had constant traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and well over 100 people showed up. One of our artists actually ran out of things to sell. It was a really good turnout.”

According to Price, the Stables may be a selling point for vendors to return for next year’s Arti Gras.

“The artists told me that if we held it in the Stables, they would gladly come back,” Price said. “The event got rave reviews from the people who showed up, too. They told me there was a great selection, and the art was so creative.”

 

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