Discover Downtown Middlesboro (DDM) is continuously looking for ways to improve the downtown area. One of the latest projects DDM has embarked upon is Makers Market — a place for all types of artists to display their work while attracting more attention to the downtown area.
Bell County High School freshman Sierra Evans took advantage of the newly opened market and had a display of her canvas paintings for sale. Evans loves to paint and can finish an 11- by 7-inch canvas like the ones she had for sale at the market in as little as a day.
“It depends on how intricate in detail it is,” explained Evans. “It could take one day or it could take five.”
Local musicians provided entertainment for passers-by and shoppers of the new market. Jade Robertson performed two sets on Saturday and was joined by her friend and American Idol contestant Blake Branscomb for a duet during her second set. The duo sang “Give in to Me” — a song from the country music inspired movie “Country Strong.” Robertson will be singing Saturday night from 9 to 11 p.m. at Angelo’s in the Gap and Branscomb is scheduled to perform again at the Makers Market on May 31 at noon.
DDM Executive-Director Isaac Kremer believes the Makers Market is one of many small steps in revitalizing the dwindling downtown area.
“Small things add up to be great things over time,” said Kremer.
The Makers Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with featured makers scheduled for both days.
Local artist Steve McCarty is Friday’s scheduled feature. McCarty has turned wooden bowls and other items, built roll around lemonade carts and currently enjoys putting together wooden baskets, shelves, and a large variety of other items. He also enjoys sandblasting and has made several designs on glass bottles, jars and clay pots. Miniature tree houses and coal mine entrances designed with rocks and tree branches are another form of his creativity.
Photographer Harold Jerrell is Saturday’s schedule feature. Jerrell has had his photographs used for magazines and books and has been honored to lead photography workshops for Pine Mountain State Park, Wilderness Road State Park, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. He presents programs for various groups including local, regional and state garden clubs. His goal in photography is to capture the essence of a special moment and be able to convey this feeling to others.
For more information about the Makers Market, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MakersMarketKY.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached at 606-302-9100.