TARPON SPRINGS — One of the prized amenities at St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs Campus will be front and center this weekend.
The 2013 Artists’ Market at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art takes place on Saturday and Sunday, bringing about 40 local artists under a single roof.
“This is our sixth annual Artists’ Market and it continues to be the go-to event for finding that unique item as we move into the holiday shopping season,” Lynn Pierson, manager of Isabelle’s Museum Store, inside Leepa-Rattner, wrote in a press release.
The free event functions as a fundraiser for the museum based on sales of artwork, with the facility keeping 40 percent and the artists earning the rest.
The artists, who primarily hail from central and northern Pinellas, bring a variety of mediums ranging from painting and photography to jewelry and pottery.
On Monday, Pierson said the timing of this year’s Artists’ Market, like last year, benefits all involved. “One of the advantages is that I believe we’re the first of the fall events this year,” she said.
What that means is the museums north and south galleries are available for use.
Last year, Pierson said, “was the first time we’d been able to use that space and that opened up the museum because people were now going in not only to see the exhibitors but to see the rest of the museum.”
New to the event this year will be the participation of Tarpon Springs’ The Bayou Cafe supplying food and beverages within the museum’s auditorium during both days.
Visitors to the Artists’ Market will also find additional information about the creative endeavors of local art and cultural groups, Pierson said. The Art Book Nook will be open, offering gently used books and magazines for sale.
Parking and admission is free both days. The hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and 1–5 p.m. Sunday.
Go to www.spcollege.edu/museum to find additional information.