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Create Conway’s Indie Market on Laurel

Indie Market on Laurel

Saturday, August 4th

10am – 5pm

In the Historic Riverfront District of Conway

CREATE Conway presents the Indie Market on Laurel with live music plus local goodness for sale. Spend the day and enjoy the river. Meet your local creative community and purchase from a wide variety of handmade, homegrown and local art & fine craft for sale. NEW! Food Truck fare, beer & wine for sale. On stage local favorites the Spots, Brian Roessler and Flirt! perform 11 am – 4pm. 

Conway is located on the Waccamaw River and the location for Indie Market is at the entrance to the Riverwalk from the roundabout fountain on Laurel Street to Second Ave. Artisan Demos, Pine Needle Basket Weaving, Jewelry Making, Painting and Traditional Indigo Dye techniques will also be featured throughout the day.

Conway bubbles up with creativity at the Indie Market with a variety of goods for sale from over 50 local artists, artisans, designers, and vintage makers. You’ll find handmade soaps and candles, precious glass and pottery, handcrafted pine needle baskets, colorful fibers, beautiful jewelry, healthful holistic products, delicious cuisine, local honey products and so much more. The Indie Market is all about Handmade + Homegrown + Local Goodness!

Hippie Fest + Mushpa y Mensa = Super Fly

Hippie Fest is the grooviest festival of the year! Featuring live music, cirque performers, artists and vendors from across the Carolinas, local goods, bohemian shopping, retro car show, DIY tie-dye, beer garden, food trucks and more! All ages welcome. Fun for the whole family!!!

Event Date:
Saturday October 28, 2017 (Rain or Shine)

Time:
Noon – 7pm

Location:
Myrtle Beach Speedway
455 Hospitality Ln, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Admission:
$5 – Tickets must be reserved in advance through Eventbrite
Kids 3 & under FREE!

Reserve tickets at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hippie-fest-retro-car-show-myrtle-beach-speedway-tickets-34124404011

Tickets must be reserved in advance for this event. Tickets will not be sold at the gate on the day of the event.

 

Who decides if Uptown Money will Kill Downtown Art?

So I was originally going to post about how art has become this disgusting multi-billion dollar industry, where the privileged use their extra cents to buy and sell pieces of art, old and new, and how it is such a disheartening and sad sad thing that is happening to the world of art.

And then Mushpa says, with a cute smile on her face … “Well hey, I’ll sell my pig for 8 billion dollars!!!”

Well, if someone will buy it for that amount, why wouldn’t we sell it?

So here is my dilemma… Which walks do we walk when we talk certain talks?

If I trash talk the art industry because it is a classist, capitalist, white male driven industry, this means I should do whatever it is my power to stand against it, right? As this guy Christian Viveros-Faune points in his article “How Uptown Money Kills Downtown Art”, all artist should form communities and stand together for an anti-capitalist/occupy-art social movement.

I am not going to lie…I often day dream about the day this happens. I day dream about artist organizing themselves into boycotting sales of art for profit, and painting true art over all advertisements that use art in order to sell a product for, you guessed it, profits. I daydream of New York City subways being covered with free-and-from-the-people-to-the-people-art. Wouldn’t that be badass?!? To fill every corner of this concrete city with colors, installations, sculptures, photographs and multitudes of other visual stimulants that fill us and do exactly what art should do: To feel something. Not sell a phone or insurance. And the best part about it is that it would be free, for EVERYBODY’s enjoyment.

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Mermaid Drawing selling for $120 million!

But it’s more complicated than that of course. Nothing is that simple. To deconstruct this complex mafia-like art industry would be the task of everyone, and not just a group of artist motivated to change and make some noise. It would be deconstructing the whole system, along with its multitudes of problems.

The real issue comes in when we asks artist who have the reputation of either being lucky because they are successful, or just plain poor, to sacrifice for the sake of art. So when somebody comes and offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to sell a sketch for a million dollars, wouldn’t you take it?

Accepting that money would be accepting that art has become a business transaction, rather than what I do, and many artists do art for, which is to let that explosion of creativity boiling up in your brain out into the world. Selling out would not be an option for me. Neither will be starving though. And neither will be letting go of art to pursue a job that will feed me and pay my bills.

What it comes down to though, is that as artist and artist communities, WE need to dictate how and for how much our art should be sold. Do I believe that my mermaid drawing is worth $120 million? Probably not… Just like I would hope Edvard Munch wouldn’t think that his drawing of “The Scream” is worth that same amount, even if a group of privileged folks over at Sotheby’s though it was.

So what to do!? Fellow artist, we need to agree on this one. How much do we think our drawings, paintings, sculptures and other fantastical pieces are worth? 10 bucks? $3,000? A fa-fillion dollars? Free?

I haven’t figured this one out yet. Have you?

-Mensa