ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Pinellas County Schools’ Transition student artists and Creative Clay’s member artists will host their first Friday Art Market of the school year, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Creative Clay’s courtyard.
” The new Transition crew is excited to practice their employment skills (display and set up, customer service, and money management) at the year’s first market,” said Lauren Gentry, Transition Art Educator. “Transition artists will have greeting cards, buttons, and placemats to start the sale with more products to come in the future.”
Artists like 18-year-old- first-year Transition student Amari R. say they’re excited to sell artwork, make money and get paid.
This art market is a chance to support local artists, who receive 50% on all works sold.
Live music by Emily Turnage will also be a part of the Art Market. Food Truck British Food Stop, as well as tables with items from Creative Thrift, Creative Clay’s pay-what-you-wish store for repurposed art supplies, frames, books and more, will also be on site.
For Emily Turnage, Creative Clay Director of Community Arts and Volunteer Coordinator, the First Friday Art Markets are a chance to connect with the public and share Creative Clay’s mission through music.
“My favorite part about playing music at these markets is looking out at all the artists relaxing, socializing, and most importantly, smiling,” Turnage said. “Sometimes they’ll even jump on a song with me. Everyone here looks forward to these markets, and we are working to get the word out to the community, so that they can too.
About Creative Clay
Creative Clay’s mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences in the arts.
Creative Clay’s core program is its Community Arts Program, which serves 50-60 adult artists with neuro-differences each week. Through the implementation of additional offerings, such as Artlink employment program, Creative Care Arts in Wellness outreach program, and its Pinellas County Schools’ partnership Transition program, individuals of all ages and abilities are mentored, taught and empowered to become working artists who actively create, market and sell their work.
Learn more about Creative Clay, its vision of equality through art, and its programs at www.creativeclay.org. Like Creative Clay on Facebook, follow on Instagram @creativeclaystpete; follow on Twitter @creativeclay and on LinkedIn.