Friday Dec 17 & Saturday Dec 18.
In the spirit of community and conspicuous consumerism, a great way to buy thoughtful obligatory gifts and support your own community is by shopping locally and buying locally made items. This is nothing new, but always worth remembering when the thought of your shopping dollars going out of town could in fact stay here and support local artisans. Of the many holiday shopping opportunities this year, the “Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace” at the WNY Book Arts Center stands out as an edgy arts and crafts event with over 20 vendors who make, design, print, publish or otherwise create their own goods.
This event is considered by some to be a smaller counterpart to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair which takes place each spring, but as attendees to both can attest, there should be more events like these in Buffalo on a regular basis.
While “book arts” are the starting point for the vendors that will be on hand, there are also plenty of wearable, baubles and trinkets that make great gifts for that special someone (even if that special someone is yourself). Of the book offerings, local publishers range from the nationally renown small press sunnyoutside to the slick Buffalo themed coffee table books of Buffalo Heritage Unlimited to handmade blank books. Posters and prints may be the most represented category of items, with gig poster stalwarts Hero Design Studio who will have a satellite setup at the event concurrent with their own shop on Allen Street. Contrasting is the fine printmaking works of Hyeyoung Shin who fuses her Korean background with her Buffalo experience.
Other vendors include Crowbiz, Robot Kitten Designs, Craig Larotunda, Studoi Hart, Amy Greenan, Danielle Sansanese , Crude Carfts, Dock 2 Letterpress, Elmwood Eye Candy, Rene Hoover, Hallcraft woodworking, Janna Willoughby, Lily Pickford, Second Reader bookshop, La Femme Dada, Super Giant Studios and more.
The event will run Friday Dec 17 from 4-8pm & Saturday Dec 18 from 12-6pm. WNY Book Arst Center is at the corner of Washington & Mohawk streets. For good measure Lloyd Taco Trucks will be set up Friday evening (their Aztec hot chocolate with Cayenne pepper is AMAZING)