Shelby Thayne, co-organizer of the upcoming East Idaho Art Market, will display some of her art during the event scheduled for this month.
East Idaho Art Market co-organizer Alex Reed will present some of her art during the upcoming event later this month.

Shelby Thayne, co-organizer of the upcoming East Idaho Art Market, will display some of her art during the event scheduled for this month.
East Idaho Art Market co-organizer Alex Reed will present some of her art during the upcoming event later this month.
If you’ve always wanted to display and sell your art, you’ll have the opportunity this month in Rexburg.
The East Idaho Art Market will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the field behind the Madison School District office located at 60 W. Main St. It costs $60 to set up a booth, and those interested must sign up by Wednesday.
“It’s a nice central location,” said Shelby Thayne, who, with friend and fellow art enthusiast Alex Reed, is organizing the event. “We hope to get a lot of the community out there. Walk around and meet artists. Find art for your walls. Get gifts for people.”
During the market, traditional oil paintings, watercolors, photography and needlepoint will be featured. The idea is to focus on original fine art, said the women.
Food trucks will also be on site during the event.
“Come have a meal, walk around, meet artists. Get gifts for people and find art for your wall,” Thayne said.
So far about 40 artists have reserved a spot at the market. Brigham Young University-Idaho art students as well as artists from the community and Utah will be setting up booths, said the women.
“We’ve got a good regional selection of artists. It’s our first market, so we’re pretty excited about that. There’s been a good response,” said Thayne who specializes in watercolor paintings.
Thayne and Reed met on Instagram and connected over their joint love of art and community.
“We had a lot of the same goals and hopes for what we’re doing with our art,” Thayne said. “We thought East Idaho needed an art market. Rexburg is a community that’s growing a lot. We thought ‘Why not start now and grow with the community?’”
Reed says that it’s wonderful when local artists can share what they have created with community members.
“A lot of the people in this area draw inspiration from our surrounding views — the mountains, the valleys, the Tetons, the sunset — something that is cool and unique and something community members can relate to,” she said.
Purchasing art created by local artists strengthens the community, Reed said.
“We all love the area,” she said. “There’s something special about connecting with people near you. You share your values, you share experiences rather than traveling to other places where you can’t connect on the same level.”
Reed, who specializes in oil painting, says that area artists have been enthusiastic about the upcoming market.
“As far as I can tell, people are excited to have something local where they can participate in the art world,” she said.
Thayne says holding the market is a way to share and to honor art.
“We’re celebrating the arts, creativity in all of their forms and providing high quality shopping experiences and artist experiences for anyone who comes,” she said.
For more information, visit www.eastidahoartmarket.com.
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