The Beverly Area Arts Alliance has enjoyed hosting in-person events again this year, and one of its iconic winter events is set to return.
The Uprising Holiday Market, to be held at RMH Design, 1804-06 W. 103rd St., will be held on December 4th from noon to 4 pm.
More than 20 artists will participate, with music and drinks being part of the fun.
“It’s just amazing,” said curator David Barsotti, Alliance board member, to be able to host events again. “It’s funny. It’s great to see people we haven’t seen in a while at these events, and artists too.
Entrance to the market is free, and items for sale will include jewelry, artwork, Christmas decorations, holiday decorations, clothing, and toys.
Ruta Spencer, a local DJ, will be entertaining and drinks will be provided by Steering Cocktails, run by Lizzy Benner, of Beverly.
Limited edition prints of the “Beverly Mural,” located at 99th Street and Walden Parkway, will be sold.
The Alliance uses the term “uprising” for its markets, held throughout the year, to describe the influx of artists into the community. The word makes events “pop a little bit,” Barsotti said.
He said he was grateful that RMH, which operates in two storefronts and is “almost like a gallery”, made its space available, and Beverly Phono Mart and Made Artisan Collaborative, two stores that opened this summer on the same block as RMH, will be open during the market.
The Alliance has held previous holiday markets at Olivia’s Garden in Morgan Park, but last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.
A mix of local and suburban artists will participate, Barsotti said.
The pandemic hasn’t been easy for artists, but at least it gave them time to create.
“They had a year to stock up,” Barsotti said. “So it’s good to be able to come out and see what they’ve accomplished over the last year and a half. “
The holiday market will be their showcase “after all this madness,” he added.
Local artists Judie Anderson and Carol Flynn will be participating again, selling their “Color Me” coloring books which showcase the landmarks of Beverly and Morgan Park.
They will also sell note cards featuring the same landmarks that can be colored.
Flynn said the cards, which come with colored pencils, are ideal to send to “ex-patriots,” parents who have moved from Beverly.
“They make great gifts,” said Flynn. “These are all wonderful Christmas stockings. They send very well.
Flynn, who is a historian at the Ridge Historical Society, pointed out that some artists lost their main source of income during the pandemic. She hopes people will find a way to support them.
She and Anderson, who also team up for the Alliance’s Beverly Art Walk, are happy to be back at the events.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Flynn. “Judie and I can’t wait to be a part of this. “
For more information on the Beverly Area Arts Alliance, visit beverlyarts.org.