By Barb Pert Templeton
All kinds of art including everything from repurposed driftwood, to pottery, laser engraved art, wire and crystal pieces and digitally illustrated prints will be available to shoppers this Friday in downtown Port Huron.
The Spring Art Hop in downtown Port Huron is set for May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. welcoming the public to walk around town and shop for art at 50 different vendor booths.
Port Huron DDA Director Natacha Hayden said the event is sponsored by the DDA in partnership with downtown businesses. It’s something the city has been hosting for quite a long time now and was originally launched by the group, Blue Water Young Professionals.
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“This is a free event and we invited all the local artists to come out and the idea is them having a storefront to display and sell their art for three hours on this one day,” Hayden said.
The event, which is months in the planning and includes an annual Fall Art Hop as well, provides a unique opportunity for local artists to be part of the business community for a night.
Each business will have maps to give away that lay out the locations of the various booths. Hayden said it’s is pretty much like “a hop” because shoppers can just move from one vendor to the next quickly.
The space for the artists is provided free of charge and they are responsible for setting things up, taking them down and staffing their own booths.
The art works comprise a variety of categories including photography, handmade jewelry, macramé, stained glass, watercolor, among many other items.
“Businesses love this because of the foot traffic that brings the people here,” Hayden said. “And the artists do too.”
The event provides the artists with a chance to show their work and sell it, something many don’t often have a chance to do from an actual store front.
Food and drinks will be available at restaurants and bars along the route. In fact, the city’s social district which allows the purchase of alcohol by licensed establishments that customers can walk around with, includes six places from Main Street to Glenwood to Union Street. Hayden said the special ‘to go’ cups are marked as social district purchases.