FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Makers and sellers in northwest Arkansas came together to host the Makers Market on April 30.
The semi-annual NWA Creator Market hosted 80 vendors and more than 120 local creators at Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville. It was a “great success”, according to one of the founders, Rainy Bray-Hopwood.
“I’m just thrilled,” Bray-Hopwood said. “We have just started. It’s 2 p.m. We just rode and it already feels like there are twice as many people here as there were in the fall, which is crazy.
The market is sponsored by the NWA Creators Club, which was formed in early 2021 as a Facebook group that now has over 2,000 members. All items sold are handmade by an artist within 30 miles, according to Bo Dutton, owner of Natural State Custom Furniture and founder of the NWA Makers Club.
“The vast majority of us work out of our homes or garages and try to turn our hobbies into side businesses or side businesses into main gigs,” Dutton said.
With the continuous growth in Northwest Arkansas, events like this help support creatives in the region.
“The NWA Makers Club has quickly left an impressive mark on the creative community in Northwest Arkansas,” said Karen Wagaman, vice president of downtown development for the Rogers-area Chamber of Commerce. Lowell and art administrator on the Bricks Art Walk. “Group members are engaged and supportive of each other and the excitement around the creation of the new NWA Makers Market, run entirely by volunteers, is exciting.”
The following Creators Market it will be in the fall.