First City Art Center's Winter Art Market returns with unique art items

After a successful inaugural year, the First City Art Center’s Winter Art Market will return early next month, offering a variety of unique art items from local vendors.

This year’s event Dec. 4 will feature more than 20 local artists who will be selling a variety of items including Christmas ornaments, glassware, paintings, jewelry and more.

Kelly Leitermann, events manager at FCAC, hopes people support their local artists by shopping at the event and giving back to the community.

“We could really use the community support,” Leitermann said. “The artists that are selling this work are really proud of the community and supporting them goes a long way.”

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FCAC created the Winter Art Market last year to provide an outdoors, socially distanced and safe event amid COVID-19 restrictions. About 400 people attended the event in its first year, according to organizers.

This year, the market will include more food options than last year, such as Mad Munchies Food Truck and Le Petit Pecan coffee, a new coffee pop-up shop in Pensacola. There also will be a Whim Cotton Candy vendor and others selling homemade sweets.

In addition, there will be a lot of festivities happening around the market as Open Books, a nonprofit bookstore whose proceeds support the Prison Book Project, will have a sidewalk book sale for those looking to buy a Christmas present.

A variety of art items are available for sale at the First City Art Center's Winter Art Market in 2020. The event is returning Dec. 4 for its second year.

A variety of art items are available for sale at the First City Art Center's Winter Art Market in 2020. The event is returning Dec. 4 for its second year.

A variety of art items are available for sale at the First City Art Center’s Winter Art Market in 2020. The event is returning Dec. 4 for its second year.

Bike Pensacola also will hold its Gonzalez Shareway Day walk/ride passing the art market to encourage safer cycling and walking in Pensacola. There also will be activities for children to take part in such as crafts, big Jenga, cornhole and more.

Outside of the vendors at the market, FCAC also will host a gallery for artists who have studios in their 1060 gallery. Those artists will showcase their work during the art market and also will sell artwork.

Kyle Miller, a University of West Florida student majoring in fine arts, will be among the vendors at the art market. He found out about the market from a post on Instagram and felt it would be a good opportunity to set up a spot to sell art.

Miller and his friends created the Cold Water Initiative to bring awareness to and educate people about sustainable art practices. That means, for example, rather than getting industrial processed clay from a store, people can instead dig it up from the ground, which allows for a deeper connection with their art.

Miller and his friends hope to also find other like-minded, nature-based artists and make connections at the art market.

“I think we’re just excited to really talk to people about our practices with natural art and sustainable art,” Miller said. “And just explain why it’s so special and what it really means to us, but we’re also excited to see the other vendors as well.”

They will be selling ceramic vessels and Christmas ornaments such as bells and baubles.

Also at the event, the FCAC will be collecting gently used coats for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. For a $10 donation, FCAC will enter people into a drawing for prizes. If guests donate a jacket, they will get two raffle tickets.

The Winter Art Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1060 N. Guillemard St.

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: First City Art Center’s Winter Art Market returns in December