Shop Under the Stars with Studio Two Three

Studio Two Three, a Richmond-based nonprofit art studio, will hold a nighttime — so as to avoid the hot weather — flea market this Saturday featuring more than 30 vendors.

“We thought people would want to stroll around in the evening,” said Hillary Zell, assistant director of Studio Two Three. “And we haven’t heard of anyone doing a night market so that was the main draw of trying to do something different.”

Studio Two Three allows artists to use its space to take classes, work on their art or hold events. The studio moved from their Main Street location into a much larger space in Scott’s Addition in 2015.

A Late Summer Night’s Flea is the fourth flea-market-type event the studio has held. It gives artists the opportunity to showcase and sell their work while also generating revenue for the nonprofit studio.

Artists applied to be featured in the event and the studio’s staff chose them on somewhat of a rotating basis. Preference was given to those who have not participated in their flea market events before.

“A lot of people participate and a lot of people apply so we want to try to give everyone a chance to get in,” Zell said.

At their previous markets, the studio offered some type of portrait service for participants using their darkroom. This year, in addition browsing the products of artists and vendors, attendees can get cyanotype portraits taken of their pets by Richmond cyanotype printer James Cogar. Cyanotype is a 150-year-old printing process that creates a cyan-blue image.

“They’re really beautiful and it’s fun to have people bring their pets,” Zell said.

The event will be held at 3300 W. Clay St. from 6-10 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Katie Bashista, Spectrum Editor


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