Aug 21, 2009: Family of Exhibitors to be Featured

Gold and Silversmith Sonda Tamarr Allen recently became a Featured Exhibitor on
Allen, who has been displaying her handmade jewelry under the trade name Turtle's Webb on both Saturdays and Sundays at Eastern Market since 1991, has an old world approach to art. Her maker's mark is registered in Goldsmiths Hall at Dublin Castle, Ireland.
"Sonda is the first exhibitor to sign up as a new Featured Exhibitor since we redesigned our site a few weeks ago and we're really pleased with her decision," remarked Owner Tom Rall.
"I also appreciate that Sonda provided a link to her recently-launched blog," Rall continued. "It's artfully designed, offers free web links to a wide variety of Eastern Market exhibitors and a thoughtful commentary of her market perspective.
"We'll also be updating and expanding our exhibitor directory, recruiting more featured exhibitors, and offering both home page and newsletter advertising opportunities in the upcoming weeks," Rall promised, explaining that the site will continue to promote all Eastern Market exhibitors who want to participate. 
"Eastern Market exhibitors are a family and we are proud to advertise them," concurred  Michael Berman, communications and web director for  "There wouldn't be a successful market without them."
Sonda's web page can be accessed from the Featured Exhibitor box on the left side of the home page at
The blog can be found here.

Downtown Holiday Market Deadline
The 2009 Downtown Holiday Market was announced recently by our related company, Diverse Markets Management (DMM). Celebrating its fifth year, the event, produced in conjunction with the Downtown DC Business Improvement District, will again be held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood on the wide sidewalk of F Street between 7th & 9th Streets NW, with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop. Opening Friday, December 4, it will run continuously through Tuesday, December 23, 11:30 am to 8 pm each day.
"More than 100 exhibitors have already applied to participate," said DMM Executive Director Michael Berman, who noted that the application deadline is next Friday and urged prospective exhibitors to respond now. 
The Downtown Holiday Market is a juried high quality gift market intended to feature a diverse mix of seasonal items and unique products. "It boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region," Berman claimed, "and has experienced tremendous growth in stature, sales numbers and customer attendance."
Interested exhibitors apply here.

DMM expands, enhances Art Market
More than 90 artists, including several from the Flea Market at Eastern Market, have now been selected by a professional DMM jury for the Washington Examiner's Arts on Foot festival, sponsored by Wines of Argentina. The event will debut with an 11 am to 7 pm Art Market in front of the Reynolds Center on Thursday and Friday September 10 and 11 and then expand into a several block cultural extravaganza 11 am to 5 pm Saturday, September 12.
Besides 91 artists, the event features 22 cultural organizations, 26 high-end restaurants, 12 wineries,  20 performers on two stages as well as several other unique providers and fun activities. The festival is produced by the Downtown BID in cooperation with DMM and the Pennsylvania Quarter Neighborhood Association.
For detailed info click here.  A complete list of participants will be added soon.  

Happenings in the Yard
Katrina Ulrich, another of our Featured Exhibitors, was recently profiled in a Frederick, Maryland "News-Post" feature.
The story can be found here.
Folk artist Ellen Cherry will perform two sets, Noon to 1:30 pm and 2 to 3:30 pm Sunday as part of our Music in the Yard series, initiated in June. "The series has been well received and Ellen has become one of my favorites," Rall claimed.  A new fall line up will be released soon.  Current info on the artists and the be found at the Music in the Yard page at