Jill Wagner Meeting their makers: Vendors from across Forest Park neighborhoods showcased original works of art at the spring Makers Market, held at neighboring Madison businesses Foundry/FP and Model Esteem. The network of local artists is gaining traction with shoppers and future pop-up markets are being planned.

“Forest Park is filled with artists,” said Bridget Lane,  Arts Alliance board member and leader of the Makers Market.  “I am always discovering another neighbor creating art in their homes.”

Connecting the unique, handmade products of local craftspeople and artists to people in town was the goal of the pop-up shop at the Foundry/FP and Model Esteem on Saturday, March 25.  

With nearly 20 vendors between the two shops, the vibrant and interesting art included knitted bunnies, watercolor prints, pottery, floral arrangements, photography, terrariums, recrafted jean jackets with flare,  among the diverse and expressive work available.  Even Opportunity Knocks was there selling their signature Knock Out Pickles.

“The success of the Holiday Makers Market in December gave us the impetus to try again, with the Spring Makers’ Market,” said Lin Beribak of the Arts Alliance. “We hope to hold quarterly markets.” 

The Forest Park Arts Alliance is connecting the numerous artists and creatives in Forest Park. Giving artists the opportunity to connect, showcase their work and sell their wares is part of building the art community in Forest Park.  Local businesses have been instrumental in building and collaborating to create relationships.    

If a maker of art or crafts would like to participate in future events, they are encouraged to reach out to the Arts Alliance at forestparkarts@gmail.com with “makers’ market in the subject line.