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Art market to debut in San Marcos

December 5, 2012

SAN MARCOS - 
Central Texas artists take shelter at Wimberley on the first Saturday of most months, and the third Saturday in Gruene.

Now they can add San Marcos to the roster of cities that host a market where artists can exhibit and sell their work.

The San Marcos Arts Commission and the local Art2Art group are sponsoring the first of what organizers plan to be a regular art market at The Hitch: A Mobile Eatery, a food trailer park downtown at 312 E. Hopkins St.

Artists have until Tuesday to submit an application for one of the 20 free vendor spaces. The first "Art UnHitched" market is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 but Charlotte Wattigny, one of the organizers, said subsequent markets will fall on the second Saturday of the month.

"We realize that Wimberley's art market is on the first Saturday of the month and Gruene's is on the third Saturday, and this way it fills in the gap and makes it kind of a Central Texas, Hill Country art market trifecta," she said.

Wattigny said the market will also be a venue for musicians, dancers and performers. There's no such place like that in the city now, she said.

She said she hopes the market will give more momentum to the local art scene. Lisa Morris, the city's recreation manager, said the arts commission has recently tried to take a proactive role in promoting the arts in San Marcos, in part by creating about a year ago Art2Art, a quarterly social gathering for artists.

Vendor applications for Art UnHitched are available at www.sanmarcostx.gov/arts. They can be emailed to Jennifer Shaw at jshaw@sanmarcostx.gov or delivered to the City of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, 401 E. Hopkins St.

Those wishing to perform music, poetry or prose should call Shaw at 512-393-8400 or Wattigny at 393-5932.

By Ciara O'Rourke

Austin American Statesman