Pictured (L-R) are Barbara Bracken, artist coordinator, Martintown Mill Conservation Society; and Paulette Poirier, Gourdtimes – Creating Art with Gourds.
CORNWALL, Ontario - In the middle of its third summer season as a charming marketplace, along the peaceful Raisin River, the Martintown Mill Market is certainly proof positive as to what a dedicated group of citizens can do when they band together for a cause.
Housed in the 167 year old Martintown Mill, which was, only a few years ago, in a grave state of dilapidation, the weekly Sunday market features a variety of artists and artisans on exhibit, as well as a farmers market.
“We’ve had just about every type of artist, painter, photographer, wood carver, potter, and jewelry maker,” said Barbara Bracken, artist coordinator, Martintown Mill Conservation Society.
A meet-and-greet, where the artists stay all day to talk to the public about their work, an effort is made to show a diverse selection of creations and mediums week after week, she explained. Applications for exhibitors are still being accepted for this season.
A new component, this year, some of the artists will be offering up the secrets to their trade, with workshops, such as creative things to do with a gourd, by “Gourdtimes,” coming soon. There will be a nominal fee for workshops, to cover costs and materials.
Other fundraising efforts for this year will include a pig roast, to be held on Saturday, September 6, from 4:30 to 7:00, at The Grand Hotel, just a few doors up from the mill.
“What money comes in supports the mill,” said Bracken. “We get no grants or anything like that. We want keep the lights on, the snow plowed and repairs made.”
The Martintown Mill market is open Sundays, from 9 to 4, until September 21st. To become a featured artist, or for any further information about workshops, memberships or other, please call Barbara Bracken, 613-347-2540, or visit the Martintown Grist Mill Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MartintownMill.