By REED GLICKSON
MARIETTA, Ga. — Historic Marietta Square remains a fresh and vibrant part of Cobb County by providing a safe, relaxing and inviting environment for residents to shop, eat and socialize with one another.
One of the many attractions Marietta Square hosts is its bi-monthly artisans market, supporting local artists who bring in many residents of the Marietta area.
The Marietta Square Trackside Artisan Showcase is hosted on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from April until November. It’s held on Mill Street of the Marietta Square.
The market was established in 2011 by local nonprofit organization The Branding Project as an addition to the extremely popular Marietta Square Farmers Market.
Local artist Rebecca Salcedo showcases and discusses some of her fine art, pet portraits and wearable arts and accessories.
Salcedo joined the Marietta Square Artisan Market when it began, 2011, and has been following her passion by painting full-time for the previous nine years.
Salcedo, the artist and creator behind Smelly Rhino Studio, obtained a French degree and an art degree from Seattle University.
Salcedo praised the market’s recent emphasis on all fine, originally made crafts as opposed to strictly fine arts and paintings.
Salcedo participates in nearly every market in the Marietta Square, and she has showed and sold art in various cities and states. However, the local artist said she “sells more art here at the Marietta Square than anywhere else, including gallerias.”
D.J. Kyle and his wife, Kristen Kyle, posed for a picture to take a quick break from enjoying their morning at the Marietta Square Artisan Market.
The Kyles make personal and intricate pieces of home décor for their brand, Simply Kyle, and have been selling their pieces at the market for two years. The Kyles are both 30 and have been married for a year and a half.
Simply Kyle produces beautiful, home-crafted pieces of home and office décor made from fine pieces of reclaimed and upcycled wood.
D.J. Kyle, freelance carpenter creator of Simply Kyle, praised the market’s environment.
“It’s a very personal market,” he said. “We love the people and, everybody is in a good mood — very unusual for a Saturday morning.”
Serson Brannen, a local street musician, took a moment from playing the hang to discuss his new music project, In Sonitus Lux. The hang is an instrument created and developed in Switzerland no more than 16 years ago.
Music plays an important role in entertaining the many customers attending the market.
Dee Corley of Smyrna, Georgia, enjoyed the Saturday morning market during her first year of participation.
With the help of her daughter and her granddaughters, Orgonite by Healingfire offered artistic pieces crafted from orgonite and surrounded by positive energy.
These crafted pieces of orgonite have the ability to shift and clear negative energy into positive energy, Corley said.
These pieces — crafted by hand from pieces of orgonite — have a calming, healing effect contrasting those of high electronic frequencies created by high use of devices such as smart phones and computers.
This healing effect is created through the use of inorganic materials, organic materials and quartz crystal.
Corley has been crafting these pieces for just under a year but insists her family sells far more pieces in the square’s market than anywhere else. The orgonite pieces can change lives and energies, she said.
Trapp Tischner, a local full-time artist, set up her displays of handmade jewelry. Tischner is one of the original members of Marietta Square’s Trackside Artisan Showcase from its 2011 creation.
As a teacher at Walton High School at the time, she started passionately making jewelry in 2010, joining the market a year later after being convinced by inspiring friends.
Today, Tischner is a full-time artist, thriving from the sales of her products in stores from Georgia to Mississippi.
A display stand showcased the home-crafted jewelry of Tisch Jewelry Werks.
In five years, Tischner has watched the Marietta Square Trackside Artisan Showcase and her jewelry line grow rapidly. Tischner credits the growth of her jewelry line to the increasing popularity of the market.
“People know we are here now,” Tischner said. “The market has become a destination as opposed to an accidental place stumbled upon. I remember not being able to pay my first booth fee at the artist market, and now we have frequent customers that stop by yearly to as often as weekly.”
Local artist Jali Taccone took a moment to display a favorite piece of hers at the Marietta Square Trackside Artisan Showcase.
Taccone was born in Milan, Italy, and moved to New York City in 1990. In 2011, she moved to Atlanta, where she discovered some of her skills as an oil painter.
Taccone specializes in realist pieces and has begun a move toward a full-time art career.
The June 11, 2016, market was Taccone’s first day participating in the Marietta Square Trackside Artisan Showcase and, despite an initial lack of sales, she remained optimistic and grateful for the recognition and publicity the market provides for new, unestablished artists.
The Marietta Square Artisan Market provides a wonderful opportunity to shop for hand-crafted goods. It supports local artists while providing a safe, inviting and relaxing atmosphere for the entire family.
Please visit the Marietta Square Trackside Artisan Showcase’s website for any additional questions or applications to join the market.