A pop-up market in downtown Ames this weekend will feature an interactive abstract art activity, cool lemonade for a good cause, live music, food trucks and over 50 vintage and handmade vendors. hand.
Beautiful Land Market is holding its third pop-up market of the summer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the downtown Fareway store, 619 Burnett Ave.
“In addition to a few new sellers, we are offering a new activity. We will have an abstract artist, Emily Lawson, who is passionate about public art and who brings awareness to the healing of art and creativity,” said Jody Bergan Bennett, co-owner of Beautiful Land Market.
Lawson is a neurodivergent mother of neurodiverse children and a mental health advocate, Bergan Bennett said.
“Emily believes in creating safe spaces through art,” she said. “So she’s going to do an interactive booth.”
Lawson will sell some of his art, but his real passion is a project that shows people what mental health and art look like. With canvases and paintings available, the artist will guide market visitors through the activity.
“One activity Emily will do is create a picture to practice Rainbow Breathing that people can do at home,” Bergan Bennett said.
“With all the divisions that I am aware of in communities around the world, I think something like this unifies us,” she added. “And that’s what I want our pop-ups to do.”
Ames High Senior Grace McCunn, the founder of Amazing Grace Lemonade Race, will be on hand with her charity, which benefits Blank Children’s Hospital. McCunn started with a lemonade stand in fifth grade, which grew into a 5k charity run that celebrated its sixth year in July. She will have a lemonade stand at the pop-up market on Sunday.
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Handmade and vintage vendors range from The Red Door Press, a letterpress printing house that has been part of Beautiful Land since its first market, to Evergreen Wardrobe, a newcomer to the market offering vintage and lightly worn clothing.
“You’re going to see some familiar faces, but you’re definitely going to see some new faces too,” Bergan Bennett said.
Nebullam, rebranding itself as Clayton Farms, is an Ames-based indoor farm that grows produce year-round without pesticides. Clayton Farms will have a booth at the pop-up, with products for sale as well as free samples.
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Food trucks will include Nacho Daddy’z Tacos, Sandwich Studio and Pint Sized Ice Cream. Live music will be performed by local musician Tom Box, who plays pop rock, old soul and country.
“We really encourage people to visit restaurants and stores that are open on Sundays, like our sponsors Della Viti and Nook & Nest,” Bergan Bennett said.
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The market will include handmade items, art, design, furniture and vintage clothing.
“This is definitely a place to look for upcycled, upcycled, and repurposed items. I feel like we are a lot of conscious, conscious creators and collectors,” said Bergan Bennett. “Our market is free, family and pet friendly.”
The Future Beautiful Land pop-ups will take place on Sunday, September 4 and Sunday, October 2 in the parking lot of the Fareway store.
Ronna Faaborg covers business and the arts for the Ames Tribune. Contact her at [email protected]