Stroudsburg 6th Street Art Market to feature local music and LGBTQ + art

An artists’ cove on one of Stroudsburg’s busiest streets will set the stage for a new exhibition of LGBTQ + art and live music from a balcony.

The festivities, which start at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, are part of the 6th Street Art Market, a sidewalk show where you’ll also find treasures like summer wine, smoothies, and Middle Eastern food.

The event is a project led by local artists Kevin Cormier and Dawn Michelle.

Longtime friends believed the thriving neighborhood they live and work in would be a great place to promote the region’s creatives, as well as local businesses.

They are joined by Sylvia Thompson and Courtney Natt, owners of Create and be an art studio, who are hosting an LGBTQ + Pride art exhibit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. located at 8 6th Street.

“Stroudsburg is an artistic city and we want to promote that,” Cormier said. “The market is another way for people to come and see the downtown murals and there are some good galleries now. We thought we would help build it and see what happens.”

Thompson and Natt, a couple who identify as queer, will showcase their paintings and photographs respectively.

Artist Courtney Natt, co-owner of Create and Be Art Studio in Stroudsburg, will host an LGBTQ + Pride exhibit on Saturday.

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As for the studio, one of its missions is to support other artists by giving them a way to display works other than social media.

“We wanted to create a space for people to come and enjoy their work, especially in this area where there is a lot of talent,” Natt said. “People are moving here from New York because of the pandemic. And we’ve also noticed that people in our generation are promoting on Instagram and Facebook, and that’s it.”

Tickets are free, but participants must register in advance at the bit.ly/34HbnVk.

Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown.

Michelle, who has asked artists in the tri-state area to participate in the monthly event (the market is held the first Saturday of each month until October), says the arts are making a comeback in the Poconos, though The message is a little different from post-pandemic life.

“A lot of people express their sanity through their artwork, but at the same time, if you look, you start to see a lot of hopeful artists. Art that inspires hope: it becomes a little lighter and more optimistic for the future and with that it starts to generate excitement again, and we have to build on it …

“We’re a microcosm of bigger things – events that have been planned that are going to happen again and that are wonderful for the city and the community. It’s really cool to remember your neighborhood. That’s why we apply this. concept to the art market, we put it there.

Also at the Art Market: The Michael Wesley Scott Band, a rock band (Michael Cabot, Wesley Hart and Scott Marlin) will perform interpretations of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, on Cormier’s Balcony from 6 p.m.

If you’re thirsty or hungry while taking a stroll on 6, head to Renegade Winery (600 Main St., 570-350-2638, therenegadewinery.com) Maison Kabob (9 6 St., 570-664-6868, kabobonsix.com) and Quench Juice Cafe (11 6th St., 570-872-9292, quenchjuicecafe.com)

For more market information, visit bit.ly/3wW97Ws.

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