Shark on the Harbor event showcases work of local artists
Painter Crystal Collins sells her work Nov. 26, during the first “Buy Local! Monday Marketplace” of 2012 at Shark on the Harbor restaurant. Local artists will also be featured Monday, Dec. 3 and 10, from 5-8 p.m. at the restaurant, located on Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City.OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI(Nov. 30, 2012) Many artists, from painters to sculptors, photographers to woodcrafters, live in and around the Ocean City area and Shark on the Harbor restaurant is providing a place for them to show and sell their wares.
Travis and Jody Wright, owners of the West Ocean City restaurant located on Sunset Avenue, started “Buy Local! Monday Marketplace” last year and it was a big hit.
“It was well received. All of the artists sold work and told us that they were happy to have been here,” Jody Wright said. “We believe in supporting local businesses and we make a habit of buying gifts from local artists when we can. So, with that in mind, our ‘Buy Local! Monday Marketplace’ was born. I felt, and continue to feel, that our regular restaurant guests are the perfect market for the talented work of our local artists. And, why not pair their work with the culinary artwork of our creative chefs on Pizza Night? Add some festive cocktail specials, upbeat holiday music and some old school Christmas movies playing on the big screen, and now we have a fun night that benefits everyone involved.”
Kelly Hughes Roberts, who recently debuted her first book, “Road To Chianti,” signs copies of the adventure story at Shark on the Harbor restaurant Nov. 26, during “Buy Local! Monday Marketplace.”OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLIThe first event of this year was Monday. Wright said the overall evening was fantastic.
“It was even better than we had hoped. And, hopefully the next couple of weeks will get better and better and next year as well,” she said. “I find opportunities to improve the event each time we do it, and I will keep working to make it the best that I can.”
Postcards created by Patti Backer.Eight artists — Dana Smith, Crystal Collins, Jessie Winfield Martin, Kelly Hughes Roberts, Christopher McGervey, Tracy Bell, Mary Suplee and Patti and Jason Backer — participated.
“Jody and Travis do such a great job supporting the local farms and watermen for their restaurant. I think it’s incredible how much they support the local artists and community, as well,” said Roberts, whose first book, “Road To Chianti,” recently debuted. She was on hand Monday to sign copies of the adventure story set in Italy in 1977 and follows two young orphans as they struggle to find a place to call home.
“Marketplace Monday is a great opportunity for small businesses and artists to get exposure within the area as well as people visiting over the holiday season,” Roberts said.
The Backers presented whimsical paintings, cards, glittery ornaments and painted reclaimed/recycled tables during the event.
“We had such a great time. Delicious food, drinks, and we got to meet a lot of new people,” Patti Backer said. “Our area is so full of amazing artists and craftspeople and this was a great venue for showing our art. I’m so appreciative of Jody, Travis and everybody at The Shark for a fun and successful night.”
Smith, accessory designer at Swag Bags Plus, said, “Any time we ‘starving artists’ are afforded an opportunity to showcase what we do, we’re thrilled. I believe oneof a-kind trumps run-of-the-mill every time.”
“The Shark is famous for unusual and delicious food, so our original efforts should be a good fit,” she continued. “So visit all three Marketplace Mondays and be wowed by what your neighbors are up to.”
Monday Marketplace will also be held on Dec. 3 and 10, from 5-8 p.m. Wright has invited a mix of artists and local boutique shop owners to display their wares at each event. In addition, local breweries will be featured.
On Dec. 3, Evolution Craft Brewery will be highlighted. A limited number of gift baskets featuring EVO beers, Shark pint glasses and some of chef Travis Wright’s recipes that incorporate brews will be sold.
“I did this last year and the baskets were a big hit,” Jody Wright said.
On Dec. 10, Berlin brewery Burley Oak will be featured. Wright said she will put together baskets with a limited edition bottled Burley Oak beer.
There will also be wine tastings and sales on bottles of vino for the holidays each evening.
Space is full for the next two weeks, but Wright invites artists to contact her atJody@ocshark.com if they are interested in displaying their work at a future Monday Marketplace.
“If I can make the space work, I might still be able to include them this year. I love for new artists to use this as an opportunity to create awareness about what they do,” she said. “If I can’t fit them in for this year, I will keep them in mind for next year.
“And, who knows, if this continues to work out as well as [Monday] night, maybe I’ll plan another marketplace or two over the winter.”