Edom’s Downtown Art District Welcomes the Art Emporium
Friday January 11, 2019 starting around sundown, art lovers started gathering in the heart of Edom’s Downtown Art District in Edom, Texas. The Edom Chamber of Commerce, along with Edom’s Mayor Barbara Crow, came together with the Art Emporium for the purpose of a ribbon cutting.
Edom’s Art District is located in the heart of Downtown. To clarify, it is located on 8281 FM 279. The Art Emporium is one of many little intriguing shops that run along the road. Not only is Edom known for the Art Festival that takes place during the Autumn in October, they have small specialty shops all year long. If you like unique bird houses, Arbor Castle Birdhouses is a treasure. Pottery can be found at Potters Brown. And now, unique jewelry, sculptures, and paintings are available at The Art Emporium. In short, it will further the extraordinary Art Community that already, at this present time, exists.
Co-Op Art Gallery
The Art Emporium is a co-op art gallery with four owners. Tristan Rhys is the soap maker. She makes all her soaps out of organic materials and oils. Kerian Massey is a painter, Jessica Lisby is the jeweler and Randy Martin is a metal sculptor.
When Jessica Lisby was asked how all four artists knew each other she responded, “We have all been artisans in the same circuit for a number of years. We all did many of the same local art shows. Many of them hosted by Kerian or Randy. We have a pretty tight East Texas Tribe of local artist, musicians, business owners, and go-getters. So, the 4 of us have gotten to know each other and work with each other often over the years. In fact, I would say 90% of the art in the gallery is artist we have met along the way. Often, all 4 of us known them, or at least having heard of them. It’s a beautiful arrangement and we are excited to see where it will take us.”
The two artist pictured in the slide show are Sharon Grimes and Anup Bhandari. They are just two of the 13 artist that will be featured at the Art Emporium in Edom beside the four owners. Anup and Sharon were very accommodating and took a picture together under their artwork. Lucky for us their pieces were on the same wall close to each other.
The 13-artist featured at the Edom Art Emporium are:
Frankie Davis, mixed media; Don Hollis, sculpture; Monica Lubiani, fused glass jewelry; Michael Tate, wood turner; Ramona Freeman, painter; Phil Clymer, stained glass; Coy A. Lothrop, painter; Laurel Drennan, artisan furniture and unique textiles; Anup Bhandari, painter; Kacy Latham, painter; Blake Bailey, photographer. Andre Gandin, metal sculpture; Brad Albright, 3d artist.
Friday seemed to have a magical feel to it, as a result of the live music entertainment by the lovely Sharon Walker and her friends, wine and custom hors d’oeuvres. Most importantly however, from the town of Edom itself, with its emphasis on the Downtown Art District.
The Art Emporium offers art for sale, as well as an array of different classes. The events that will be coming up in the next two months are:
January: Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 / from noon-3:00 p.m. / Butterfly Scratchboard Class with Kerian Massey
- Sunday, Feb 2, 2019 / from noon-7:00 p.m. / Mini retreat day for Women
- Thursday, Feb 14, 2019 / from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. / It Figures: Figurative Art Opening
- Friday, Feb 15, 2019 / 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. / Long Table dinner
March: Saturday, March 16, 2019 / 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. / Motor Mayhem: Art Opening
April: Saturday, April 20, 2019 / 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. / Animalia: Art Opening
The Art Emporium’s hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. If you would like more information on different events follow their page on Facebook that is hyperlinked up above.
Photos by Amandi Goldman
Amandi Goldman is a freelance reporter with The Northeast Texan. Her interests are photography, rodeo, unusual and community events, human interest stories, and local sports.