Support artists this Artist Sunday!

Monday Nov 15th, 2021

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Erie Arts & Culture and our collaborating partners, Erie Downtown Partnership and PG&H, hosted the first annual Western Pennsylvania Maker Market on Nov 6, 2021. We welcomed 30 maker-vendors from Erie to Pittsburgh. The amount of community support we received far exceeded my expectations, as we had steady traffic in Perry Square throughout the morning and afternoon.

2/3 of the vendors we worked with for this market had not previously participated in a market in Downtown Erie. Thanks to support from our sponsors, PG&H, FirstEnergy through the First Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Insurance, Whitethorn Games, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C., and ImagineAR, we were able to remove barriers that can prevent participation. We had no vendor or application fees and we provided tents, tables, and chairs for the vendors.

Additionally, this market was about connecting creative small businesses to resources. The NWPA Innovation Beehive Network was on site and they connected with small businesses owners to tell them about the free capacity building services they offer. We were also able to promote funding mechanisms like the new Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Grant that EAC is administering for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Creative Entrepreneur Grant offered through the Erie County Redevelopment Authority.

  

For Artist Sunday 2021, we encourage you to check out the list of vendors and their websites below. Additionally, the Northwest Pennsylvania Art Association (NPAA) launched a webstore featuring the work of artists living and working in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Please consider supporting regional artists today and for the duration of the holiday season!

 

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We hosted 30+ vendors.

"I can't overstate how thrilled I am with how everything went! Tons of foot traffic, great energy, and a real sense of community. Events like this one are what make people want to stay in Erie. I'd love to see these happen on a semi-regular basis throughout the year, both as a prospective vendor and as someone who likes to shop small. Also, having tents, tables, and chairs available was a huge, HUGE load lightener. " - Erin Yates

"This was a very successful event on every level. The makers (vendors) in attendance had incredible items to show, talk about, and sell. The weather cooperated. If it had rained, I would not have attended as my products are paper. The music, speakers, and performers were on point. I had such incredible conversations with people about my work and books in general. A partnership was started with a woodworker on future projects. While I didn't need tables, chairs, or a tent, the fact that they were an option is incredible for those who didn't have those items. A definite plus to this event. I appreciate everything the organizers have done and all the help that was available setting up for the event. Thank you all." - Kranz Book Bindery

"Having the Beehive Network and other resources walk around to the vendors was a great idea!" - North Coast Pennants

16 vendors completed our post-market survey and indicated that they collectively experienced $6,500 - $12,000 in sales for the day.

Other feedback from the 16 vendors who completed our survey:

100% vendors stated that the event exceeded their expectations.

94% vendors indicated that they created  connections with other makers, and found value in networking with other regional makers.

100% vendors indicated that they made connections with individuals who may not have made a purchase at the market but that you believe may become a future customer.

 

 

List of Makers and their online shops

Ansumana Komba Gbembo
ansumana.gbembo@gmail.com
Erie, PA

Blair Mead
blair@azeylo.com
Erie, PA
https://www.blairmead.com/
https://www.instagram.com/blairmeaddesigns/

Bryan Geary Design
brygeary@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.instagram.com/brygearydesigns

Clark Morelia
clarkmoreliadesign@gmail.com
Pittsburgh, PA
https://clarkmorelia.com/
https://www.instagram.com/clarkmorelia/

Daggerfish Gear
adam@daggerfishgear.com
Pittsburgh, PA
daggerfishgear.com
https://www.instagram.com/daggerfishgear/

Drawings by Request
drawingsbyrequest143@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.instagram.com/drawingsbyrequest/

Esther's Pinata Shop
pinatashop09@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.instagram.com/estherspinatashop

Flagship City Press
info@flagshipcitypress.com
Erie, PA
https://flagshipcitypress.com
https://www.instagram.com/flagshipcitypress/

Grounded Print + Paper Studio
groundedprintshop@gmail.com.com
Erie, PA
https://www.groundedprintshop.com
https://www.instagram.com/groundedprintshop

Jessie Simmons
jess.smms@gmail.com
Erie, PA

Kat Charnley
kathleen.charnley@gmail.com
Edinboro, PA
https://www.kathleencharnley.com/shop
https://www.instagram.com/katzprints/

Kimberlyn Bloise Cerarmics
kimberlynbloise@gmail.com
Edinboro, PA
https://kimberlynbloise.com
https://www.instagram.com/kimberlynbloiseceramics/


Kranz Book Bindery
kranzbooks@gmail.com
Erie, PA
http://www.kranzbooks.com
https://www.instagram.com/kranzbooks/

Mak.O Designs
mak@pittsburghurbantree.com
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.makenzieoconnor.com
https://www.instagram.com/kenzioconnor/

Melancholy Brand
melancholy.brand@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://melancholybrand.bigcartel.com/
https://www.instagram.com/melancholy_brand/

North Coast Pennants
hmoran812@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://instagram.com/northcoastpennants

Peggy Quinn Clay Studio
quinn.peggy@gmail.com
East Springfield, PA
http://www.peggyquinnclaystudio.com

Rebel Bred Clothing
info@therebelbredclothing.com
Pittsburgh, PA
https://rebel-bred-clothing.com/collections/shop-all
https://www.instagram.com/rebelbredclothing/

Rope and Bloom Macrame
ropeandbloom@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.etsy.com/shop/RopeandBloomMacrame
https://www.instagram.com/ropeandbloommacrame

Simple Lines
alyciaolivar@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.instagram.com/simple_lines/

The Copper Twig
Thecoppertwig@gmail.com
Erie, PA https://www.etsy.com/shop/coppertwiggallery
https://www.instagram.com/thecoppertwig/

Urban Tree
jason@pittsburghurbantree.com
Pittsburgh, PA http://www.pittsburghurbantree.com
https://www.instagram.com/pittsburghurbantree/

Void Boy
dougceberhardt@gmail.com
Edinboro, PA
http://voidboy.art/
https://www.instagram.com/voidboy.art/

Yerace Glass Studio
barbarayerace@gmail.com
Erie, PA
http://www.yeraceglass.com/
https://www.instagram.com/yerace_glass/

Piquant
yates.e.erin@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.etsy.com/shop/shoppiquant/
https://www.instagram.com/shop_piquant/

Broken Egg Clay
ejgaudioso@gmail.com
Erie, PA
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrokenEGGClay
https://www.instagram.com/broken_egg_clay/

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