A local artist’s collective is working to make art more accessible this holiday season. Indigo Art Market will be hosting their first Holiday Bazaar tonight, Sunday, Dec. 10, at Casa Duarte with 12 local artists displaying their wares. 

“Everyone brings a unique style of their own so you’ll get to see a lot of different things all in one place, but similar at the same time,” said Jill Sans, one of the artists who will have pieces for sale. “It’s got that Flagstaff feel.”

She will be bringing hand-stamped greeting cards and a series of paintings in her signature style that invokes a sense of nature with cool, earthy tones.

“I do a lot of mandala-type artwork so I’ve just been making tiny paintings that kind of feel like little prayers in a way,” she said.

For many artists, their work comes from a place of catharsis; they’re not just making pretty images and designs.

“(Buying art) supports artists and their vision and the way they see the world,” Sans said.

“Local artists really put their heart into their work,” added Kayley Quick, who will also have some paintings for sale at the event. “Many times, it's a unique piece that no one else has.”

Visual artist Emma Gardner has been preparing for the event by making one-of-a-kind greeting cards and ornaments as well as smaller paintings than the large format she tends to work in, which can run a couple hundred dollars for each piece.

“I’m bringing smaller art that's more affordable that people can give for gifts,” she said. “It’s not really conducive to buy an $800 painting for someone.”

Over the past eight years, Gardner has held holiday art shows at MartAnne’s Burrito Palace, where her trademark skeleton paintings line the walls. She brought her years of experience to help the collective members secure the space at Casa Duarte, which MartAnne’s owner Tina Duarte opened at the beginning of the year.

Indigo Art Market members then took over the marketing of the event to spread the word. Visitors to downtown Friday night may have even seen their guerilla art walk where they attached art to themselves and handed out flyers.

“It’ll be more fun than your normal craft show, fun vibe,” Gardner said.

When Quick launched the Indigo Art Market in January of 2015, it was with the idea that artists and artisans could sell their works without worrying about the cost of renting a booth. The artists give each other encouragement while striving to always create works that they can appreciate.

Besides paintings, attendees of the bazaar will also find fiber art, handmade soap, pottery, photographs and jewelry. The nine other artists and small businesses that will be represented are Pink Lune, Earth Lotus Arts, Etherea Jewely, Mountain Screen Press, Ale Tibaudin, Mckenzie Dankert, Brian Bradley, Rena Hamilton and Kristin Straka.

“We've hand-selected many unique Flagstaff sellers who take pride in their work and create beautiful and amazing things,” Quick said. “I am continually impressed by the work of those who participate in the market.”

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