“Art in Action” is the theme of this month’s Second Saturday Community Market, which returns beside the Meadville Market House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission and parking are free for the event, which includes produce and plants that are a normal feature of the weekend farmers market. Second Saturday also brings in local musicians, entertainers, arts and crafts vendors, and other community exhibitors, who offer activities and entertainment for the whole family.
“What makes the July market special is the emphasis on actually seeing and participating in the process of creation,” event founder and local ceramic artist Dave Mosbacher said. “We usually have a lot of artists selling their work at Second Saturdays, but this time you’ll have a chance to see how it’s done.”
The art of cooking is highlighted at the new “Market to Meal” station run by local chef DJ York. Live demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. teach market-goers how to put together a tasty meal with an assortment of ingredients from Market House vendors. A limited number of plates are available for purchase following the demonstration.
Creative Expressions of Art will roll out the paper with a hands-on activity inspired by the work of artist Jackson Pollock. Hint: It involves splattering paint. Meadville Council on the Arts’ kids’ craft station features do-it-yourself art as well.
The musical lineup includes local favorite John Hyatt (9 to 10:30 a.m.), Salmon Frank with a palette of Americana-influenced stylings ranging from rock to blues, folk and bluegrass (10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), and Lucas Johnson’s acoustic rock and folk tunes (12:45 to 2 p.m.).
Other attractions include the balloon animals of Magic Steve, Rebel Reptile Rescue’s live animal exhibit, jewelry-making demonstrations, face-painting, Maple Harvest Farm’s tap-a-tree station and story-writing with local novelist Barbara Mountjoy.
Stop by the Allegheny College theatre department’s booth to add to one’s home improvement repertoire with a primer on painting faux finishes. Students from Allegheny’s Art and Environment Initiative will also be out, inviting everyone to learn more about the artful Asbury Manor bus shelter project and how everyone can be a part of the community service effort.
Second Saturday is held the second Saturday of every month from May to September, rain or shine.
-More information: Visit fb.com/MeadvilleSSCM or call (800) 332-2338.