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    1.) Kids can make crafts while you shop the market.
    2.) Karla Nabil is an MCAD craft table artist/instructor.
    3.) Elizabeth Placencia serves up some of her refreshing aguas frescas.
    4.) Handmade accessories by Daniela Montelongo of Pompon's Party.
    5.) Roberto Perez displays some of his custom pastel and acrylic artwork.
    6.) Rosario Walton exhibits a handmade apron.
    7.) Dante Padilla shows us some of his yarn snakes.
    8.) Jean Laura Designs sells sock babies, hair clips, cup cozies, cloth toys, tooth fairly pillows and more.
    9.) Cheryl Howard (right) shows Liz Widby her extensive collection of custom made rings and earrings.
  10.) Karen Henderson of Nsombi Creations is a mixed media artist who specializes in handcrafted ethnic art.
  11.) Priscilla Koay reveals some of her natural stone jewelry.
  12.) Charles Broomfield specializes in digitally manipulated photo art.
  13.) Persemone's handcrafted scented soaps.
  14.) Sarah Furtney sells decorative pillows and Mason jar dispensers to help fund her veterinary education.
  15.) Dave Wieters is a former NMSU and UTEP professor who now does woodworking in his retirement.
  16.) Linda Goodman's display table is filled with beautiful and unique custom jewelry pieces.
  17.) An assortment of metals and stones are used in the exquisite craftwork by Jewelry Creations by L.
  18.) TLC Kettle Corn is popped locally and available in a variety of flavors.
  19.) Olga Perez makes handmade crafts for all occasions.
  20.) Custom framing by Jose Perez.
  21.) Peter Zenker transforms wood into handcrafted Native American style flutes and xylophones.
  22.) Elegant, handcrafted wooden ballpoint pens by Peter Zenker.
  23.) Luis Cabral of TLC Kettle Corn and Karen Henderson of Nsombi Creations.
  24.) Delicate wooden bowls from Weiters Wood Works.
Ventanas - Summer 2012
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Article: Jim Widby
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The Downtown Artist Market is organized by the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) and operates from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday along Anthony Street in El Paso's Union Plaza Entertainment District. The market, which runs year-round, offers original arts and crafts, food/beverage vendors, and entertainment from local artists and artisans that live within a 100-mile radius of the Union Plaza. All products sold at the downtown market must meet the MCAD qualifications of being locally made and also be handmade, homecrafted, or home-assembled.

Established in October of 2011, the Downtown Artist Market also functions as a farmer's market for those vendors wishing to sell home grown, gathered, raised or caught food products directly to the consumer. Additionally, street performers such as musicians and other types of artists who work for gratuities are encouraged to showcase their talents during the market. A free craft making table for the kids (complete with instruction and guidance by adult artists) is also provided by MCAD each and every Saturday.

If you're looking for something different to do with the family, the kids, or with friends then consider the Downtown Artist Market in El Paso! The market offers locals and visitors alike the opportunity to shop in an outdoor setting while enjoying great food and free activities for the entire family. Help support El Paso's independent local artists and shop every Saturday at the market! Free parking is available in the Anthony lot on San Francisco Ave. ///
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