This weekend one of the cities' go to westside artist workspaces and studios,The Stables, will be hosting their second socially distanced Savannah Open Market.
Inspired by West Coast swap meets attended by The Stables founders Ryan Lawerence and Sarah Sandin during their time living in California, the outdoor event will feature local vendors and artists as well as food, brews, and tunes.
The Stables, a multi-use creative space was founded by Lawerence and Sandin after their search for an artistic community space similar to the ones they had left behind in Los Angeles turned up fruitless.
"We started it out of necessity," said Lawrence. "When Sara and I moved here from California, we both needed art studios, and what Savannah had at the time wasn’t enough. We were looking for something more warehouse or industrial style, and the only thing available was more of an office setup.
"We bounced around and rented for a little bit, but three years ago, when the owners of our last location sold, we just went for it. We found the building and got right to it, we did a full build-out, two floors, fifteen spaces, and a month later we had our tenants in there."
Faced with an overwhelming amount of canceled events due to COVID-19 restrictions and quarantine, the two found themselves actively searching for a way to continue providing an outlet for artistic community expression while simultaneously maintaining public safety.
The couple subsequently planned and held their first open market in late July.
"The outdoor market was something we always wanted to do," said Lawrence. "We had art shows booked from April through July, and then when COVID hit, we had to cancel all of those. So, halfway through July we had our first outdoor market, and it was so hot, and humid, and disgusting, and it even got rained out, but, we still had about 250 people show up throughout the day.
"We’re still waiting for the fall weather to get a little bit cooler, but we’re doing this one and we’re hoping to do one a month throughout the winter.
"We’re just really looking forward to hosting another event," Lawrence continued. "It really bummed us out that so many creative events from art and fashion shows to film releases got canceled, we’re constantly having events here, and it's nice to have a spot for the community to come and express themselves creatively. We just want people to be able to get together in an outdoor setting and enjoy the day."
The market will feature a variety of artists across many disciplines and mediums, as well as live music by local bands "Bastardane" and "Brooks and Band," live glass blowing by Ronald Martinez of Hostess City Hot Glass, food by Red Truck Tacos, and beverages by Coffee Fox Coffee and the Savannah Tap Truck.
"For this event we’ve got everything from a yoga studio that wants to set up and promote their business to painters, t-shirt makers, vintage clothing, woodworking, and more, we have such an array of stuff," said Lawrence.
"I just encourage people to come out and stop by, it’ll be a good time in a good environment, there’ll be music playing, and if it’s anything like the last one, it’ll definitely be something worth coming to check out."