Rexburg Artists to Launch East Idaho Art Market

REXBURG — Two friends and fellow artists from Rexburg decided it was high time for East Idaho to have its own fine art market.

The East Idaho Art Market will be held Saturday, August 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. behind the Madison School District offices at 60 West Main Street in Rexburg. It will feature over 30 artisans and makers of handmade products.

The market’s founders, folk artist Alex Reed and watercolourist Shelby Thayne, both of Rexburg, have enjoyed attending similar events elsewhere. They felt that eastern Idaho had enough talent and appreciation for the arts to create a new market here at home.

Scott Sweet is a painter and photographer specializing in capturing the natural beauty of Eastern Idaho. | Emily Miller,

Reed and Thayne agreed that their goal was for the market to be different from a more typical craft fair or vendor event that hosts many different types of vendors. The Eastern Idaho Art Market will be hosted with only original artwork and handmade products.

“Our vision is to offer something that allows people to experience fine art,” says Reed. “It puts the arts at the forefront of the market rather than on the sidelines, and it teaches the arts to the community.”

Thayne looks forward to an event that will enhance appreciation for the arts in the community.

“The idea is to have a place where we preserve and celebrate fine art and high-quality crafts, and where we connect these artists to the community,” says Thayne.

The market will feature several food vendors and over 30 local artists in many different styles including painting, drawing, illustration, jewelry, photography, paper quilling, mosaics, ceramics and more Again. You can see previews of some of the artists and their work on the market PageInstagram.

Reed hopes the market will establish itself as “the place for art in eastern Idaho.” She and Thayne hope it will become a beloved community tradition.

“We want to build that community, and we’re starting now,” Reed says. “We are here for the long term. We see this as something that will grow every year.

Reed and Thayne are also planning a holiday art market for December 3. You can find more information about this market and future markets and sign up to receive email notifications at market website.

Erin Hayes from Salt Lake City made this paper quilling art. | Emily Miller,

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