Palmer Park Art Market is a regular feature in Carrollton. Artists booths, live music, great food vendors, kids activities, library stand, local nonprofits, and of course the park’s permanent playground, gracious oaks, and open, inviting space. We went to explore.
My 6-year old son and I picked out books from the library stand, where the organization supporting our city libraries sell gently used books for around $1. He asked for Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour and I pointed him towards some Goosebumps stories to cut his teeth on first (both are still outside of his reading realm, though he still carries adult novels around and has at least two tucked in his bed at any moment — currently these are Adrienne Rich’s Dream of a Common Language and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary). I picked up books 1 and 2 of Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. For this I am thankful. Lyra rocks.
Walking around the booths, I came across an artist who reminded me of another artist. Both artists are similar in age and used themes and materials in a similar manner, so I wondered if they came from similar backgrounds or training? Turns out, no.
Lorriane Gendron is a Louisiana native. Her work reflects it. She characterizes herself as a folk artist and uses a themes from Louisiana life as her subjects.
The Mardi Gras dancers collection is wonderful: full of spirit and detail. I love that Santa — no, Papa Noel — is holding an alligator.
My son liked the Cajun Nativity scene. So much so that he took this picture of it. I love the musician and bayou animal mix.
Another photo by The Boy, of a Mardi Gras rider.
Here is the artist, Lorraine Gendron. She has a website, too, just in time for that holiday gift! She added that you can just call her and she’ll make you what you want. (Note: she also has a really great streetcar piece and works on commissions.)
My pictures reflected my love of Ms. Gendron’s tent, but there was so much more to see and do. We saw several friends and ended up playing with the kids on the playground. We shared snacks and took turns kid-watching and food-retrieving.
Finally, when we were sure we were going to get a good nap out of our two, we started the walk home. Lots more Louisiana-themed art was there to delight. My son adored this painting and ordered that I take a picture of it. He’s become partial to art involving seafood.
And maybe other kinds of sea things, too. I blame The Little Mermaid.
My 3-year old daughter, however, was much more interested in land-dwelling creatures. The conversation went like this: “Mommy, can we get that doggie?” “No, he has a family.” Mommy, can we take a picture of the doggie?” “Let’s ask…” Then after getting the alright, “It’s okay, we can take his picture.” “Mommy, NOW can we take the doggie?” And so on.
Something for everyone.
Palmer Park Art Market is held every last Saturday of the month (unless of rain, in which case, it may be Sunday) at Palmer Park on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. There will be another special holiday art market in December (19th and 20th).
It’s free, full of open space, entertainment, food, and wonderful atmosphere to get on your Joie de Vivre!