RCA | Art Center Market Features New Art Vendors, Live Music and Food Trucks | Saturday, September 8


September’s Art Center Market now has 33 enrolled artists – all are members of the Art Center. The art mediums currently confirmed are: fine art paintings in different mediums, original literature, jewelry, glass, wood, rock yard art, and more.

The event takes place Saturday, September 8 from 10 AM to 4 PM on the lot next to the Art Center on South Austin Street. “All items for sale are original works of fine quality. The benefit to the artists is they keep 100% of sale proceeds,” says Fajardo Lambert. She adds, “Since it started in March we have seen the Art Center Market grow into the tourism driver that will benefit the entire Austin Street business corridor.”

The Art Center Market will feature live varietal music by Dean Adamson. Ms. Arepa, a Venezuelan food truck, is also back along with Bubble Chicken and the Texan Snow Ice Box which serves Hawaiian-style ice cream desserts.

The Art Center Market is an idea borne out of the lack of a Member’s Gallery, a benefit artists had come to expect from the Art Center until last year’s storm destroyed the building on Navigation Circle and all its galleries. Artists interested in becoming vendors must have a current membership with Rockport Center for the Arts. Membership information, and Art Center Market applications are available online at www.RockportArtCenter.com. For more information you may contact Teresa Fajardo Lambert, Art Center Market Coordinator, at (361) 205-5718 or (361) 729-5519.

Elena Rodriguez, Curator of Exhibitions, is inviting Art Center Market goers to attend the opening of Kitty Dudics’ solo exhibit- Reflections: Texas Virginia Colorado at the Art Center the same day 4:30PM.


ABOUT ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Rockport Center for the Arts' mission is to be the catalyst and epicenter for opportunities to explore the creative arts.

Inspiring exhibitions, an annual Artist-in-Residence program and traveling exhibits are part of the repertoire the community and its visitors have come to expect. The many activities of the Art Center draw fifty-thousand visitors per year. Three annual major events draw cultural tourism from across the state. Spring’s Rockport Tour of Homes, a 28 year tradition, was replaced in 2018 with the first ever Rockport Studio Tour. It allowed visitors to see some of the most unique artist studios in Rockport’s storied art colony, learn about medium, technique and acquire unique pieces of art. In the summer, the Rockport Art Festival is the place to be July 4th weekend. More than 10,000 people attend each year to enjoy music, food and artwork from 120 of the best artists from around the country. Early in November, the Rockport Film Festival entertains audiences with the best of independent cinema. Workshops, classes outreach, and mentoring from established local artists are part of a well-crafted art education program. For decades children have enjoyed free, high-caliber art instruction year-round through ArtSpace and Free Family Saturdays.

Rockport Center for the Arts, currently in its 49th year of operation, was located in the blue Victorian house at Rockport Harbor near Rockport Beach. On August 25, 2017 the facility suffered catastrophic damage due to Hurricane Harvey’s direct impact on Rockport. A building demolition was completed on May 2018. Three months after Hurricane Harvey, the staff and board of directors re-established operations in a building located in downtown Rockport at 106 S. Austin St. on land purchased for a planned expansion. Fundraising is presently underway to build a larger, sustainable facility in the heart of downtown Rockport. The building project has received considerable attention from institutional and private donors from across the country- due to its economic revitalization potential. Since Hurricane Harvey none of the exhibits, programs, or events at the Art Center have been canceled; in fact new ones have been launched.

Open Monday through Saturday from 10-4pm; admission is always free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.RockportArtCenter.com or call 361-729-5519. Explore. Discover. Express.

ABOUT ROCKPORT CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ SCULPTURE GARDEN

A world-class sculpture garden featuring works by Kent Ullberg, James Surls, the late Jesús Moroles and many others have accentuated Rockport’s coastline since 2000, making it one of the most prestigious and uniquely positioned showcases for fine art in South Texas. Some of the sculptures sustained damages during Hurricane Harvey, yet none were lost. Conservation is underway to protect Rockport’s art legacy. Patrons can still visit the Sculpture Garden and enjoy its breathtaking bay-views. For the enjoyment of patrons, residents and visitors a complete beautification was completed in August 2018, less than one year after Hurricane Harvey. The Sculpture Garden is located at 902 Navigation Circle, between Aransas Bay and Rockport Harbor. Open yea round; admission is always free and open to the public. For more information please visit www.RockportArtCenter.com or call 361-729-5519. Explore. Discover. Express.


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