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Brave New Artists Market in Historic Davenport
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Brave New Artists Market in Historic Davenport

Expect works of art within a work of art when a landmark river mansion in Davenport hosts its second 2018 artists market. Gorgeous handmade artworks by local craftswomen will fill the first floor of 1012 Marquette Street, commonly known as the old Petersen house, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

“When I give people my address, they usually go, ‘Oooooh! You live there?!’” Michele Cotton Bailey laughs, noting that her current home has a following all its own. Michele and her family are the most recent owners of one of the best-preserved historic homes in the Quad Cities.

Following a successful first outing in May of this year, the Baileys will once again open the first floor of their home to the public for an art market jam-packed with all that’s weird and wonderful.

Lovers of classic style will find beautiful stained glass of all sizes. For those with good taste and a budget, faux stained glass is available, as well as sea glass pieces and dichroic glass (that’s the material NASA used in the 1960s to coat space-going hardware) jewelry. What I’m saying is there’s going to be a lot of glass.

You’ll find clothes to go with your new jewelry and fine scented bath products like soaps and scrubs. You may walk out of this event feeling like a whole new person.

Also on sale, you’ll find prints, paintings, and collage. Home goods and accessories and maybe even some pumpkin bread will also be available. This event is a coalescence of the classic and the revolutionary. You're definitely going to find something you like.

Even the landscape is a work of art because Michele herself operates Permaculture for Planet Earth. She uses native and self-sustaining plants in her landscape designs and volunteers with the Quad City Food Forest to reintroduce once-plentiful native trees to our local environment. She’ll have some of her favorite plants for sale, native and non-native. Get there early if you want to pick up any succulents.

Don’t miss this meeting of fresh art and local history!

Image credit: Image by M. N. Hanson

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