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ARTisans Market to open for 10th year June 14

Up to 75 local artists sell each Sunday at the Fulton Street Farmers Market during the summer.
Vendors at the ARTisans Market

Vendors at the ARTisans Market /Dee Bellini

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Vendor at the ARTisans Market

Vendor at the ARTisans Market /Dee Bellini

Sundays during the summer in Grand Rapids are a special time if you are at 1147 E. Fulton Street. Four days a week, farmers come from all over to sell their produce and other items for the Fulton Street Farmers Market.

But on Sunday, the facility is transformed into an oasis of locally made arts and crafts, as the Fulton Street Artisans Market (FSAM) takes over the space as local artists and artisans sell their creations to the public.

Opening Day this year is June 14, featuring over 100 artisans. Woodworking, jewelry of every sort, painting, handmade bath and body, fiber arts of all kinds and garden art: all are featured at FSAM.

FSAM was created to give the growing artisan community a venue of their own. Starting out in 2005 with only a handful of artisans, the market has grown to over 600 registered artists, and this year will mark 10 years of being a part of the Grand Rapids community.

FSAM can now boast to being the largest weekly art market in Michigan, averaging 75 artisans per week last season, all selling quality products they've made right here in West Michigan. 

On any given day, visitors can find good ranging from Michigan shaped cutting boards to henna tattoo to knitted stuffed animals to framed photos of local wildlife. They can get a portrait drawn on the spot by an abstract artist or have their arm decorated with a henna tattoo, chat with the artist that makes the fairy houses, then move on to the artisan who formulates handmade soap.

The best part about coming to FSAM is meeting the creator of each piece of art. The selection changes weekly, admission to the market is free and FSAM a great place to bring the family and spend the afternoon.

Lunch is available for purchase from a variety of local vendors, as well as sweet treats, and children are always welcome (please leave pets at home). Dallas Deli of Wyoming is the food vendor scheduled for opening day, offering a variety of barbecue and salads available for purchase.

The season runs every Sunday from June 14 to September 27, from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Most vendors take credit cards, and an ATM is available inside the Farmers Market building.

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