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The market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also offers a social setting as the “art-friendly” and “family-friendly” scene allows family and friends to gather by the water.
The Eugene, Oregon’s Saturday Market, from which Leatherbarrow borrowed her ideas, had 28 artists participate in its first year 31 years ago. Now, over 250 artists attend weekly from March to November, Leatherbarrow said.
Bender said there is no one artist alike at the Buffalo Artisan Market.
“There’s a few potters, Julie makes glassware and jewelry, there’s some candles and some knitted stuff, there was a photographer or two, graphic designers who do prints and cards and signage, a guy who made guitars out of cigar boxes,” Bender recalled from last year. “It’s a pretty big variety of stuff.”
Leatherbarrow hopes the market becomes a “footprint for local development” in Buffalo. She wants the artists and musicians to guide future development to Buffalo’s waterfront and throughout the city.
She hopes as her kids grow up and as other young people go to the market with their families that they’ll see they can make a living as an artist or musician while staying a part of their community.
“Those kids who grow up here, they’ll want to stay here,” Leatherbarrow said. “They’ll want to come up with innovative and creative ideas and implement them into their community.”