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Garfield Park hosts 'Art in the Market'

Local entrepreneurs, artists and friends gathered together on August 27 and 28 at the Garfield Market Place for a celebration of art and culture called Art in the Market.

Photo: Carl Grimm

Live music and dance entertained the nearly 800 people who participated in the two-day event.

Jewelry, graphics, culinary and botanical arts were on display as both local and nationally known artists gathered on the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, just north of Lake Street on Central Park Boulevard.

Nearly 800 attendees participated in the community celebration, which also included a farmer’s market of fresh produce provided by Growing Power, a community-based farmers’ cooperative. Some of the produce was also grown at an Illinois prison by inmates who are learning skills that can be transferred into job opportunities upon their release.

“The weather was gorgeous, the music was hot, the art pieces were exciting and a good time was had by all,” said Gwen O'Connor Griffin, NCP director for the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Guest artists included Marvin Sin, Akosua Bandele, Babatunde, Tony Raggs and Trish Williams. There was live music by the Ultimate Concept Band and the Croswell Jazz Ensemble, and dance performances by Thomas Baker of the Switching Station Artist Lofts in East Garfield Park and the Najwa Dance Corps, Artists in Residence at the Garfield Park Golden Dome.

The Cultural Arts and Business Development committees of the Neighborhood Development Council (put in place to implement the East Garfield Park quality-of-life plan, “Growing A Healthy Community”) hosted guest artists and vendors in a kick-off reception on Friday, August 26.

Operating out of the park’s converted stables buildings, the Market Place features 12 shops selling handicrafts, artwork, designer shoes, bath items, garden ornaments, flowers, plants and food. The Garfield Market Place is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 30.

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