Art for All 8

Art for All 8 ran from Saturday, February 17, to Sunday, February 18, and was once again an amazing showcase for more than 50 local artists, sculptors, photographers, metalsmiths, and more. The church and both floors of The Annex were packed with original artists, all of whom offered up their art for prices everyone could afford—art for all!

Laura Saddlemire, the “L” in D&L Weathervanes, has participated in three Art for All shows. “My favorite part of vendor events like Art for All is the general atmosphere. I feel very lucky to be able to ‘work’ at events where people attend to have a good time. I love the opportunity to talk with both customers and other artists—to exchange and share ideas, and to discover renewed enthusiasm for what we do.” Saddlemire and her husband, Don, began working with copper when they decided to try making a weathervane as a gift for a family member. “I did the design, and he made it happen,” says Saddlemire. Ten years later, Don and Laura love working with copper purchased from local recyclers. “We came to appreciate the natural beauty of the colors and character created by time and weathering of the copper…taking advantage of the natural patinas that keep each piece unique.”

Mike Steele of Computer Rocks, a new vendor at the Brooklyn Arts Center, has been working with some kind of drawing style his entire life, though he just recently began working with the techniques that he showcased at Art for All 8. “I tried a new approach which uses digital and hand-drawn mark making in a new way,” says Steele. “I seem to need some kind of untested new challenge to keep it interesting.” Since he’s been working more with the new technique, Steele only brought his newer pieces to Art for All. “From the time I found out that I was in the show, right up to the last minute, I created as much of the drawings using my new process as I could.”

Also new to the Brooklyn Arts scene was food truck Port City Puffs n Stuff, serving up local sliders and crab puffs that were perfect handheld snacks while patrons shopped on Saturday. Sunday featured Vittle’s, a crowd favorite at the BAC, and their amazing bacon burgers and veggie quesadillas. Spoonfed Kitchen & Bakeshop provided handmade baked goods, fresh coffee, hot teas, and more in The Annex.

Each vendor generously donated jewelry, a painting, a print, or some other sample of their work to be included as a prize in the event-long raffle, which sent many shoppers home with a one-of-a-kind piece of original art.

Ready for another BAC community marketplace event? Made In NC happens the last weekend in March. You don’t want to miss this one! More information about upcoming shows can be found on the Brooklyn Arts Center website,