Support your local artists this weekend in Tenino

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By Edwin Oscar Gutierrez, Jr.

Pablo Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is to wash the dust of everyday life from our souls.”

This weekend you can take a bath from the daily grind by visiting the Creative Market at 147 Olympia Street North, featuring local artists in and around the area.

There will be a good variety of works on the market, from stained glass to watercolor prints, wire jewelry and even local writers selling their books according to local settings.

Organized by Tenino Arts, the market is a product of the pandemic, spokeswoman Jenny Hall explained, as other arts events have been closed and canceled due to the lockdown.

“When all the events were canceled in 2020, a friend asked me, ‘Well, since our events are canceled, do you want to move into my parking lot? “, Jenny shared. “We set up our booth in his parking lot and invited other artists, and he grew throughout the summer.

It grew, with the group also holding a holiday and spring market, with a growing pool of artists.

“One of the things we want to do is help emerging and newbie artists establish a presence,” Jenny said. “We try to highlight all the artists that have connected with us, and then I also try to share other local art events that are happening because we just want to support the community.”

And while she says they’re top of the line, Jenny assures us there’s something for everyone on the market.

“I don’t mean high-end that expensive,” she explains. “I mean, it’s art, so there’s quality.”

“Artists are not going to say professional, but they are much more professional. They are highly skilled, that’s probably the best term.

As for the cost? Jenny says it can range from a few dollars to a few hundred for the most intricate parts.

Jenny hopes that by visiting the market you can appreciate local businesses and artists, see what they are talking about and hopefully support them.

“When you buy local art, because when an artist creates a piece of art, there’s a part of themselves that goes into every piece. You invest in your community.

“It’s a person-to-person connection.”

Editor’s Note: Things to Do highlights activities and events in and around Thurston County that you might not know are happening and might find interesting.

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