Durham Art Walk Holiday Market: Branching out the art scene

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 09:26 AM

For The March Hare Gallery in Raleigh, being part of the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is an opportunity to expand into the arts scene in another corner of the Triangle. The Holiday Market will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Durham Arts Council, which sponsors the annual event, and other locations around downtown.

Jose Chavira and his partner Alfred Harvey will sell their photography, sculpture and handmade art. Chavira started the studio in Raleigh’s Glenwood South district to show his photography. It evolved into a gallery but is more of a shop, he said. Harvey does sculpture. Chavira has also adapted his photography into coasters, using old tiles and even carpet from The Scrap Exchange in Durham. Chavira and Harvey have volunteered previously with Durham’s CenterFest arts festival, but this is the first foray into Durham Art Walk Holiday Market.
“I think it’s an awesome opportunity,” Chavira said. He has applied to a lot of art events and the art world can be harsh, he said. “Art Walk was recommended to me, and I’m really excited to be part of it and branch out from Raleigh.”
The March Hare will be in the Semans Gallery at the DAC and sell items including photographs taken in the Triangle and beyond, handmade coasters, and Harvey’s “grumpy rocks” stone sculptures. Many of their creations use recycled materials, Chavira said, for the environment and to keep costs down. Gifts range from $1.50 to $30, he said.
Chavira grew up poor in Johnston County, he said, and wants to connect local art with local agriculture and help kids from low-income neighborhoods. He received a master’s degree from N.C. State University and is working on another from American University.
DAC is Site 1 of 21 sites, including Durham Storefront Project installations, Golden Belt Arts, Through This Lens, Claymakers, Wentworth & Leggett Bookshop, Respite Café and more.
Chavira said that unfortunately the Raleigh and Durham arts scenes are far enough away to be separate, and someone should take the lead to connect them. “Both scenes are pretty awesome,” he said.
Holiday Market will be held rain or shine and is free. New to this year’s event is the Durham Art Guild Art-A-Thon, with art being created and sold on site in the SunTrust Gallery at DAC. There is also music to enjoy at three sites – DAC, Durham Convention Center and Vega Metals, which will also have special Holiday Market ornaments. Food trucks will be parked around the sites, too.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Durham Art Walk Holiday Market
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Durham Arts Council and 20 other downtown sites
DETAILS: http://durhamartwalk.com