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Holiday markets give CNY shoppers opportunity to buy gifts from local artists

The Delavan Studios hosts artist studios on Syracuse's Westside.
Katie Zilcosky
The Delavan Studios hosts artist studios on Syracuse's Westside.

Holiday markets are popping up to this weekend in Syracuse.

The annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, the Black Artist Collective Snowmies Holiday Market, and Delevan Holiday Open Studios will all host local artists and makers selling their creations.

Cjala Surratt is a founding member of the Black Artist Collective. She said there was a time in the Syracuse area when the ability to buy from local artists was limited, but that's not the case anymore.

"And then more and more markets that are happening, that the realities are if you really, if you plan, right, if you plan, there are many opportunities to buy local and support local businesses," Surratt said.

TheSnomies Holiday Market is newer in the Central New York holiday market tradition. But the annual Plowshares Festival is also taking place this weekend and has been going on for five decades.

Committee member Barbara Floch said they continuously try to make the festival as accessible as possible by including a range of space options for sellers.

"Because we really want to accommodate everybody, of like, if you just have a few little things and you're a child or a young person, and you don't have a lot of money and you really only have enough to cover a card table, it's perfect," Floch said.

Plowshares will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., on both days the market will be at Nottingham High School. Anyone 12 and under will be admitted for free.

This is the second year the Plowshares Festival and theDelavan Holiday Open Studioshave taken place on the same day. Deb Durr of Delavan Studios said having multiple markets on the same day has proven beneficial to the larger network of pop-up events.

A painting of a pink dress hangs on a wall inside an empty hallway.
Katie Ann Zilcosky
A painting occupies the interior hall of the Delavan Studios in Syracuse at 509 W Fayette St.

"We found that that was very fruitful because people made a day out of visiting artists and buying locally," Durr said.

There is a $4 online ticket fee for the Delavan Holiday Open Studios, which will increase to $5 if attendees buy their tickets in person. The event will take place at the Delavan Studios at 509 West Fayette St.

The Snomies Holiday Market is free entry and will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Salt City Market in Downtown Syracuse.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.