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July 1, 2015 (ITHACA, NY)—This year, art collectors will have another opportunity to “See it Live, Buy it Local” at the 25th annual Ithaca Artists’ Market, held on Friday, July 24th, from 2pm to 8pm at the Ithaca Farmers Market. The Artists’ Market fills all 88 booths in a unique, once-a-year, can’t miss event.

The Market is a program of the Community Arts Partnership, Tompkins County’s arts council. “CAP” has a 25 year history of helping make Tompkins County a welcoming arts destination through their public events (the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, Ithaca Artists’ Market, Spring Writes Literary Festival, and the CAP ArtSpace), five grant programs, community involvement, and professional development workshops.

Over 75 established visual artists have been juried into the Ithaca Artists’ Market to showcase and sell some of the best art in the region.

Visitors to the market will have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with all these artists in one place and to buy works of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines: paintings, prints, photographs, functional work, sculpture, collage, fiber art, furniture, jewelry, and digital work. Prices range from $5 to $1,500 (something for everyone), and attendance to the market is free!

In addition to the visual artists, 11 Tompkins County arts organizations will have booths, giving the public a chance to learn about their mission, and get a sneak preview of their upcoming events.

The remaining booths will feature food vendors offering everything from full meals to desserts. King Ferry Winery/Treleaven Wines will be on hand with wine tastings and sales by the glass. For the first time, visitors will also be able to buy craft beer from Bandwagon Brewpub and Rogues Harbor Microbrewery! Music will set the mood all day long with local musicians from the East Hill Classic Jazz Group, (Johnny Russo on trumpet and trombone, Doug Robinson on guitar, and special guests to be announced).

Sponsor WITH Radio will be on hand, and interviewing participating artists for future broadcast.

“This is really an amazing annual event,” says Robin Schwartz, Program Director of the Community Arts Partnership, who has been running the Artist Market for 21 years. “The Farmers Market’s open air structure on the Cayuga Lake’s inlet is beautiful, and since it is under a roof, we don’t have to worry about rain! Music will be playing, there’s plenty of food and wine and beer, and visitors can take their time meeting and looking at the artwork of over 75 artists, all carefully juried into the show. The local artist talent we have in Tompkins County is truly outstanding.”

Kathy Morris (Newfield), one of the participating artists, says “I’ve been doing the market for over 20 years. This event is special to me in that it allows me to connect with a lot of people in a short time, and share what I do with the local community and out-of-towners. I like to offer something from all the different aspects of my art, from visual books to greeting cards to black-and-white darkroom prints to colorful digital montage. Every year there are fun surprises in what people go for: what makes them want to own that particular piece of art.”

Carol Spence (Newfield) has been doing the market for over 15 years. Her work is mixed media paintings. “I use color fields, laying on layers of paint. I stay open to the surprises within an ongoing piece as I see images start to emerge. At that point, I may bring in representational elements. I work on three to five paintings at a time as I like the idea of them relating as a series. It also helps me to not overthink one particular image.” When asked why she does the market, Carol says: “It is a revelation for me to bring my new work to the Artists Market and have conversations with people, and get feedback. My art gets better and I have a sense of whether there is a market for my ideas.” Carol will be sharing a booth at the market with fellow Ithaca High School art teacher Jackie Richardson.

Allen C. Smith, from Elmira, has been doing the market for 7 years. This year he is sharing a booth with wife and fellow artist Diane Janowski for the first time. Allen’s work is abstract oil paintings on canvas, and Diane’s work features multi-level collages that mix photographs, digital work, and watercolor. “We like doing the Artists’ Market because it is a great venue. It has an outdoor art festival’s lively atmosphere, but in a covered and sheltered venue. I also like the fact that it is a different show each year, with a new blend of artists, so visitors find something new and exciting every time they attend. We also find the conversations we have with visitors very interesting and challenging, with great questions from adults and kids!”

For more information on the Artists Market and to see a list of artists, visit the Community Arts Partnership at or contact Program Director, Robin Schwartz at