Art Valet: Experience it all at Sawyer Yards market

Trio Fórte performed at the March Sawyer Yards Market. (Photo by Ana Guzman)

The Market at Sawyer Yards returns from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 1502 Sawyer St. -- otherwise known as “Art Alley.”

The market is my creation. It was about five years ago that I pitched my idea of bringing together creatives ranging from artisan craft, cottage and prepared foods and the ever-elusive “folk artists” that I was convinced were hiding among us here in Houston.

Toss in musicians, hot food and adult beverages and, bam, you’ve got a thriving marketplace!

Longtime readers of this column will recall my excited reporting from Eugene, Oregon in 2015 and my visit to the oldest Saturday market in the country, Eugene Saturday Market. I borrowed liberally from Eugene to make my pitch to Sawyer Yards. Talking about it and making it happen are very different, but I see it happening now.

At the Saturday market there is as wide of a range of art, craft and food that I have ever seen.

Rather than risk my life by dropping names here and missing someone important (they are all important!), I’ll just drop some mediums and products here instead.

Pottery and macrame, soap, candles and lotions, real cider and fine wine, too. There’s woodcraft like pens, cutting boards and jewelry as well.

Quilts, tie-dye clothes, purses and sunglass cases, pins and buttons and discarded doll parts turned into can also be found, as can leather bags, book covers, coin rings and cake.

That’s right, bundt cakes, cakes in a jar, brioche and baklava, chocolate like you wouldn’t believe and cookies, too. Yes, even the elusive and hard-to-make macarons are available.

Tea but no coffee this week. Earrings aplenty and stone ice cubes, too. Seriously. Paintings from paint, ink and glass, and a few are made with stones.

Saturday is also the final day for the Arts District Houston and Cafeza music series. The last performance was originally scheduled for Feb. 13. Remember? That was one cold day. Not a good combo for musician instruments.

The Hot City Brass Band is scheduled to perform this Saturday from 1-4 p.m. (musician’s time here, folks)

“Get into the spirit of Mardi Gras with The Hot City Brass Band! Hot City Brass serves up a hot plate of funk, a spicy potion of classic R&B and hip-hop jams, infused with New Orleans-style second line, guaranteed to tickle your earbuds!” said Ryan Hazen, founder of Cafeza, 1720 Houston Ave.

Be sure to visit Cafeza and check out its website at

All the art mediums and food I mentioned are on the website, For more information about the 300-plus open art studios and other events on the massive Sawyer Yards “campus,” visit

Have fun and say hello if you can find me! I do wear that hat in my photo.

Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at for additional highlights and artist’s stories.

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