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Art aspect adds mixed media to farmers market

After 15 years at Trails Village Center, ArtWalk, produced by Mark Vranesh, has transformed into a new event. This one partners with the Las Vegas Farmers Market and is called Art at the Market.

It’s planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bruce Trent Park, 1600 N. Rampart Blvd. The Las Vegas Farmers Market has been a fixture in the valley since 1999. It now features 40 booths. Some are craft-oriented, while some are food-oriented. The market is the brainchild of Steve and Ginger Johnson.

“Ginger, Steve and I have known and respected each other’s ventures and have helped each other with vendors, etc., and I feel so fortunate to be able to work closely with them,” Vranesh said. “I know they are –– and I hope I am –– considered pioneers in creating our local events.”

The arts and crafts portion will feature dozens of juried artisans (60 were invited, and 40 have signed on to date). Expect local artists and ones from Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. Their works will include many types of media, such as photography, painting, jewelry, wearable art, ceramics and glass.

“The local art scene, which is growing by leaps and bounds, sees this as another opportunity for exposure in Las Vegas,” Vranesh said.

Vranesh’s signature “Palms” signed prints will be sold at the information booth, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Transition Services, a local charitable organization that assists people with disabilities in finding employment.

The JW Marriott, 221 N. Rampart Blvd., is the host hotel for Art at the Market’s visiting artists and has agreed to allow its parking lot to be used for overflow parking for the event.

That overflow may be needed, as Ginger Johnson said the Wednesday farmers market at Bruce Trent Park can bring in from 500 to 5,000 people. She could not speculate on how many attendees the new weekend event might see.

“We’ve talked about doing a (joint event) for many years,” she said.

The event is family-friendly, with a children’s art area planned that will provide children’s crafts. It’s part of the art community’s promise to support the next generation of artists, organizers said.

Featured music will include Vibhas Kendzia, a flute and saxophone musician from Sedona, Ariz., who plans to entertain attendees throughout the weekend.

Ginger Johnson said she and her husband worked with Vranesh before, having a presence at one of his art shows at Lake Las Vegas years ago. They share a mutual friend in Sonia Pacheco, who creates art from recycled materials and crafts jewelry. Pacheco was instrumental in getting the festival and farmers market matchup started. She plans to have a booth at the event.

“We proposed the idea to the city of Las Vegas Parks Department, and they are very excited and supportive of the venture and want us to do more,” Vranesh said.

That support led to him scheduling a second event in the northwest part of town. Art at the Market plans to repeat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 5 at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road.

The Las Vegas Farmers Market repeats throughout the year. Each week, it brings locals various fruits and vegetables grown by independent farmers of the southwest. It’s scheduled at Bruce Trent Park from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and at Gardens Park, 10401 Garden Park Drive, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, visit lasvegas
farmersmarket.com.

For those who can’t make the Art at the Market event, Vranesh plans to host the ArtWalk at Anthem Highlands, an outdoor art festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 and 21 at Anthem Highlands Shopping Center, 2810-2930 Bicentennial Parkway in Henderson.

Art at the Market is free and open to the public. For more information, visit artmarketlasvegas.com or contact Vranesh at 702-245-6077 or mark
vraneshstudio@yahoo.com.

Contact Summerlin/Summerlin South View reporter Jan Hogan at jhogan@viewnews.com or 702-387-2949.

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