Next Makers Market event is July 1, featuring art, music and food on the river walk in downtown Granite Falls

West central Minnesota artists are featured at Makers Market, from 5-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls. Free music by Sooner than Now is featured at the July 1 event, which also includes free art classes and vendors selling handmade arts, crafts and food.

The Makers Market, held 5-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month on the river walk in downtown Granite Falls, features art classes, music and vendors selling a variety of handmade arts, crafts and food. Carolyn Lange / West Central Tribune

GRANITE FALLS — Music, art, food and a rolling river are all part of the scene for the monthly Makers Market coming up Thursday, July 1, in downtown Granite Falls.

The summertime event is held from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month through September, on the river walk along the Minnesota River in downtown Granite Falls.

Artists, crafters and makers of homemade jams, jellies and baked goods will have their work for sale at the Makers Market .

“It’s just more interesting when it’s handmade,” said Mary Gillespie, a volunteer with the Granite Area Arts Council that is hosting the event.

A different band performs each month on the river walk and free art classes will be taught.


At the July event, free music will be provided by the Granite Falls band called Sooner Than Now , which features Heath Armstrong, Joel Labat, Mark Colvin, Tim Pehrson, Betsy Pardick and Oscar Arce.

Made up of musicians and singers from a wide age range, the group performs and writes their own music inspired from different musical genres.

Jammie Neimeyer, an artist from Maynard who will be selling her artwork at the event, will also teach four free classes. At 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Neimeyer will teach a class in doodle art and at 6 p.m. and 6:30 she’ll teach a free class in wood burning. Materials will be provided for people to make and take their own artwork.

Individual mosaics made by members of the public are also being installed along the floodwall of the river walk and mosaic kits will be available for purchase for those who want to participate in the project, said Gillespie.

The Makers Market showcases vendors from around west central Minnesota who will be selling a wide variety of items that are handmade.

The list of vendors changes from month to month. The July line-up includes the following:

  • JoAnn Almich, from Villard, watercolor artist selling cards and artwork
  • Nan Kaufenberg, from Redwood Falls, linoleum block prints and art cards
  • Reinaldo Ocasio, from Milan, Rubber Ducky Rebel Soap and jewelry
  • Stephanie Bakeart, from Marshall, baked goods
  • Pat Luebke, from Dawson, diamond bead paintings, canvas paintings
  • Krystl Louwagie, from Marshall, artist
  • Mary Carlson, from Dawson, painted magnets, coasters, sun catchers and Christmas ornaments
  • John White, from Ortonville, photography prints and “prairie plaks”
  • Andrew Meuleners, from Winthrop, home-canned jams, jellies, relish and sauerkraut
  • Margaret Fuller, from Montevideo, artwork and books
  • Melissa Peterson, from Granite Falls, wooden wall art and fiber art
  • Jammie Neimeyer, from Maynard, artwork
  • Jill Canatsey, from Montevideo, hand-knit critters, gourmet marshmallows and graham crackers, fruit syrups, maple syrup and pickles
  • Kerri Shackelford, from Sacred Heart, food truck

The event is being funded by a development grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council .

For more information and an updated list of vendors and musicians, go to .


Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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