By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
May showers don’t dampen mood at Saturday market
E 1 market
Though the unusual early May rainfall on Saturday washed out the outdoor vendors, there were some artists inside the Gartner Art Glass studio in Escalon for a May 4 Art and Craft Market. At left, owner Cheryl Gartner looks on as local artist Dave Webster, right, discusses one of his photo cards with Randy Little. Marg Jackson/The Times

Though an early May deluge dumped about two-thirds of an inch of rain on Escalon on Saturday, there were still some vendors setting up shop in the Gartner Art Glass studio on California Street.

Owner Cheryl Gartner had envisioned a mainly outdoor venue for artists and craftspeople, and had several vendors signed up to participate in the May 4 market. Unfortunately, the rainy weather resulted in the outdoor vendors being forced to cancel, and all events were moved inside the small shop in Escalon.

Still, Gartner was pleased that they had some patrons come in and check out the various artwork that was on display and for sale, including some of her stained-glass pieces, along with photos, jewelry, some mosaics and pottery.

“It has been a nice turnout and we had a lot of people here this morning,” Gartner said on Saturday afternoon. “We had a little bit of a rush.”

Among the local artists taking part was Dave Webster, who had some photo cards, prints and painted handbags for sale.

An artist of a different kind, musician Dan Rivers, performing as Ukulele Dan, was there to do a little singing and strumming during the event.

“I’m thinking we’ll have a fall re-do,” Gartner added, explaining that the concept for the Art and Craft Market was good, the timing was just bad in terms of the weather.

And, she said, it seemed like the first Saturday in May would have been safe from rain. But it was a steady rainfall, which made it impossible for crafters to set up outside.

The artists taking part inside enjoyed not only visiting with those that came in to see the wares but also had a chance to talk shop amongst themselves.

Gartner said it seemed as though most of those coming in to her shop to check out the art/craft show were from the local area, not pulling too much traffic in off the highway on a soggy Saturday.

She is hoping a fall show will bring more shoppers from outside the area. But she said she did sell several of her smaller stained-glass pieces and was pleased to share a little bit about the process.

She also does classes at the 1744 California St. studio, available for up to five people, offering them on Wednesday or Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

“The cost is $50 for a three-hour class, I provide the material and the tools,” Gartner explained.

Those attending get to choose from some set patterns and, by the time the class is done, they have their own hand-crafted piece to take home.

There is also one Saturday a month class, from 9 a.m. to noon as well, for those that can’t attend during the week.

“If they’re interested, they can call,” Gartner said.

More information is available by contacting Gartner at 512-308-5800.

Webster, who has been involved in the art world for years, was pleased with the chance to display some work and was also glad to see a steady stream of visitors come through at mid-morning, despite the inclement conditions.

Gartner said she doesn’t have any specific date in mind yet for a fall show, but is looking at a possible October gathering.

E market2
A unique feature of Saturday’s Art and Craft Market hosted at Gartner Art Glass was live music provided by ‘Ukulele Dan’ – also known as Dan Rivers – who strummed and sang periodically throughout the event. Marg Jackson/The Times
e market3
These custom ‘Angel Wing Paw Print’ suncatchers are offered by Cheryl Gartner at her Gartner Art Glass studio, designed to memorialize your dog or cat. Marg Jackson/The Times