Marietta Square Artists Market Draws a Crowd

We had a tremendous crowd at the last Artists Market at Marietta Square, where the folks are friendly and creativity is tops.

Irene Bernhardt’s new owls in acrylic are a big hit.

Jack LeGrange adds a patriotic rooster to his showing of fabulous landscapes and poppies.

I loved Amanda’s unique art pieces, displayed in front of her dad’s restaurant.

Austin Cox had some wonderful new paintings to show.

Shelley M. House with her figure drawing titled “Animous.”

Come find us out at the next Artists Market, July 14, 9am-2pm, located on Mill Street at Marietta Square.

A New Season for Art on Marietta Square

Spring is here, and artists are coming out to the Marietta Square Artists Market to show off what they’ve created this winter. The first market was a blast, and we’ll all be on the Square again this Saturday, April 28 from 9am to 2pm.

Shelley M. House and Austin Cox.

Austin is one of the talented artists returning from last year with some fabulous new art. He’s so cool, he even let me name the painting I bought from him. I’m calling it “Happy Day.”

Rebecca Drummund with her paintings inspired by nature.

Jana Elliott, Shelley M. House, Irene Bernhardt and Jack LeGrange representing the Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market.

Jana's "Hippie Chic" bags.

A colorful showing at the Art Forum booth.

Alex Guthrie and friends help entertain the crowd.

I hope to see y’all at Marietta Square this Saturday. Special guest Blake Wright will be performing with me from 12:30-2pm.

Shelley M. House on violin and Blake Wright on viola at the First Friday Art Walk.

Artists Come Together at the Art Forum

Shelley M. House at the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the art scene at Marietta Square is growing rapidly. Every day, artists at Marietta Square share their passion and work together to strengthen our community. With the First Friday Art Walks and Saturday Artists Markets right around the corner, it is a place where artists can thrive.

The Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market is just one of several new galleries joining Marietta Square’s flourishing art community.  Local artists rent space to show their artwork, bringing a fresh new look to this popular antique mall. In December of 2010, owner Mike Barie invited artists to imagine the possibilities. Today, the contemporary partition walls come alive with colorful artwork in a building that was originally a feed and seed store, adding to the charm of shopping in historic downtown Marietta. DuPre’s is open every evening until 6pm, or 9pm for special events like Artists Alley, a popular venue during the Art Walks.

Photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, mixed media, digital art – the wide variety of artwork allows Art Forum artists to draw inspiration from each other. A true camaraderie is leading to a larger revitalization of Marietta Square through collaborations within the art community.

Art Forum artist Jack Ricardo LaGrange, from South Africa, reflects on the revitalization, “Marietta definitely draws me in. I think in time, it will hold a candle to any artistic community. I was in Bayswater, London, where art is displayed freely. One feels that Marietta could easily follow suit.”

When I became part of the Art Forum, I didn’t just start a business selling my art; I became part of a community. I’ve been publishing my art online at for years, but nothing beats face-to-face contact.  The interaction with people at Marietta Square has inspired me to expand my mediums from ink drawings, digital art, altered books and poetry to painting, sculpture and music.

Visit the Marietta Square and the Art Forum to meet our artists, and join us in celebrating the arts in our community. If you hear my fiddle playing, stop by and say hi.

As published in The Bright Side Newspaper, Marietta, March 2012.

The Magic of Art on Marietta Square

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the art scene at Marietta Square is growing rapidly. With the outdoor markets coming to a close, I’ve had a few minutes to reflect on what a magical year it’s been. I am thankful for all of the new people I’ve met, and for finding a place where artists can thrive.

The morning was chilly for the November Artists Market, but that didn’t stop these friendly artists from coming out to Mill Street to share their wonderful creations.

Austin Cox with his painting "Blue Point." See more of his work at

Dianne Renee (right) with Happy Quilts creates clothes and blankets with 100% recycled wool.

Jack LeGrange, Shelley House, Jana Elliott, and Rebecca Richmond representing The Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market.

A colorful display at the DuPre's tent.

Mill Street comes alive on market day.

Another early-morning view down Mill Street. Look for us again in April!


Art Around Town — The Fall Season at Marietta Square

The DuPre’s artists have been hard at work this fall creating and displaying their wonderful artwork. I pulled out a few of my favorite photos taken around Marietta Square to share with you.

Irene Bernhardt, Jack LeGrange and Shelley M. House at the September Artists Market.

Mill Street comes alive on the second Saturdays.

Irene helping customers at the DuPre's tent.

Mark Drummond and Shelley M. House play a little music.

Robert East, Shelley M. House and Irene Bernhardt outside Marietta Wine Market for the October Art Walk.

Irene Bernhardt, Rebecca Richmond, Shelley M. House, Jack LeGrange, Pamela Chesser and Marsha Young, all representing the Art Forum at the October Artists Market.

Art at sunrise -- Here comes the sun!

Mark your calendars to visit the Art Forum at our Open House, November 11 from 5-9pm. We’ll be open late every Friday after that until Christmas.

It’s Hip to be Square

The Art Forum’s own Irene Bernhardt and Kee Carlisle got to show off their art recently in a series of clips on Fox 5 News about Marietta Square. Watch to hear more about the Arts Renaissance here in Historic Downtown Marietta.

The artists are in the 3rd segment, so click on the image, go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Art That Can Stand the Heat

Bring on the heat! The hottest artists in the Marietta area are warming up Mill Street once a month at the Marietta Square Artists Market. Join us every second Saturday from now through November, 9am to noon, next to the popular Farmers Market. The next Artists Market is July 9, 2011. See you there!

Beth Evans (pictured seated), Marsha Young, Eric Armstrong and Shelley M. House display their work at the Artists Market May 14, 2011.

Robert East, Shelley M. House (both pictured), and Eric Armstrong representing the Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market at the June 11, 2011 Artists Market.

A Great Day for Art

I had a great time at the Artists Market yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet so many Marietta area artists and art lovers. I can’t wait for the next one, May 14, 2011. See you there!

My son and I representing the Art Forum at DuPre's Antique Market.

Kee Carlisle, artist and owner of Sessions Street Folk Art, also has a booth at the Art Forum.

Mandie Aberra, from The Studio above the Australian Bakery.

The Art of R. Jean

Art by Rebecca Drummond

Kyle Boyer Art

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