PORTSMOUTH — The next market day in Olde Towne will actually be ‘markets’ — four of them, to be exact.
In addition to a farmers market, antique and flea market, and artisan market in the spring, the May 7 event will feature an art market with over 90 pieces of pottery, prints and paintings for sale. Artists can also participate in an Earth Day-themed painting contest.
The art sale benefits Support Portsmouth Public Art, a non-profit organization set up in 2010 to buy and install artwork in the city. Many items are gifts from the estate of Ida Kay Jordan, a former Virginian-Pilot journalist and founding member of SPPA. Jordan died in December 2021.
“We are thrilled to be able to share her memory with so many who loved her,” said Audrey Lassiter, executive director of the Olde Towne Business Association. “With live music, dancing, art, artisans and more, you’ll have a day to remember.”
Since its founding, the SPPA has worked to add sculptures and murals throughout the city, with the aim of attracting the gazes and cameras of residents and visitors, says Nettie Fischer, president of the organization. .
“Public art makes a city more thriving and vibrant,” notes Fischer. “It creates a positive impression because it’s a sign that people care about a place.”
From 9am to 3pm, Market Day in Olde Towne is sponsored by SPPA, OTBA and the City of Portsmouth. He will understand :
— Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmer’s Market: 9 am to 2 pm in High and Court streets. The kid- and pet-friendly market offers fresh produce, artisan breads, baked goods, meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, coffee, flowers, artisan soaps and even more.
— The Painting Your Hearts Out & Gently Viewed Art Sale event: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at High & Green streets. Visitors can paint on two wallboards and draw with sidewalk chalk at no cost, while artists can pay $10 to enter an individual contest for a chance to win $300 in cash prizes. Art items for sale will likely cost less than $100 each, Fischer says. Free lemonade and cookies will also be served.
— The Olde Towne Flea and Antique Market: 10 am to 2 pm at the Middle Street Garage. The May 7 market is expected to host over 70 vendors.
— The Olde Towne Spring Market: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Middle Street Mall, next to the Portsmouth Children’s Museum. The event will feature 30 local artisans and authors, as well as musical performances by several groups to benefit Portsmouth’s nonprofit Volunteers for the Homeless.
Additionally, Creative Thunder Bantaba – a free, interactive celebration of West African culture with music, song and dance – will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center on High Street.
Admission to the Portsmouth Dockyard Cultural Center and Museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can also ride the Olde Towne Shuttle for free. For more information, visit www.oldetowneportsmouth.com.
Alison Johnson, [email protected]