I have been getting a ton of emails and hearing quite the buzz about the Riverside Art Market (in Jacksonville Florida). Perhaps it is because I am an artist and they are hoping that I will participate – but I think other people are hearing about it as well. They have really been talking this up, getting the buzz going, and I hear they are doing quite a bit of advertising. The opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th, 2009, and held every Saturday, April to December. It is located under the Fuller Warren Bridge, with the back drop being the lovely St. John’s River. The Market (RAM) has promised to be a dependable marketplace for artists to sell their work weekly, as well provide a quality family entertainment destination. It is somewhat covered – so if it is ever drizzly, it won’t ruin the atmosphere. The RAM idea has been 16 years in the making, and is inspired by the Portland Saturday Market – which I am guessing is an artsy, green market; a farmers market of sorts with visual eye candy as well as aural entertainment. A celebration of the local fruits of labor. If I don’t exhibit, I sure plan to attend. I am trying to get my boyfriends band to play, and peddle their CD’s. This weekly event should be a welcome addition to the area (Jacksonville) that will hopefully inspire and encourage the arts and culture of a city that is in dire need of an inspiration jump start. They expect approximately 3000 visitors the first event – lets see if we can’t bump that number up by passing the word on.