This holiday season the Artisan Mercado©, an outside marketplace for Latino-themed art and arts and crafts, offers handcrafted items made by local artisans and artists during three shopping opportunities in December. Attend the Navideño Artisan Mercado© from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 21 at the Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress. The artisans and artists will also set up shop on Sunday, Dec. 22 at the HOPE Farmers Market at the Saltillo Plaza, 412 Comal. The Mercado sells locally-crafted, fine jewelry, glassware, ceramics, and tapestry pillows; Mexican, Colombian and African dresses, handbags and crafts; and Honduran and Texan paintings, prints and mixed media. The marketplace is free and open to the public.
While parents are shopping, children can attend a free wreath-making workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7. Youth can assemble a Christmas wreath or “corona navideña” similar to those found in Mexico during the holiday season.
Find more details at https://www.facebook.com/artisanmercadoonCongress/. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Mexic-Arte Museum, La Peña and The Old Bakery and Emporium. The Artisan Mercado organizer is Athena Silversmith, a local, online jewelry boutique.