The Winter Art Market will continue today from noon until 5 p.m. at the Rome Civic Center on the hill across Turner McCall Boulevard from the Village Shopping Center.
Among the exhibitors is Bill Bussey, who has been taking photographs around Rome for more decades than he will own up to.
“I started when I was 16,” Bussey said. “That’s been a few years ago.”
Bussey has numerous black and white prints of the Broad Street setting going back to the 1950s and modern-day color landscapes in varying sizes. Bussey said among his favorites are a shot from the levee across the Oostanaula River with both the new courthouse and historic courthouse under a brilliant blue sky and a shot of the crepe myrtles draping Rome’s Capitoline Wolf in front of City Hall.
Tom Canada has wooden bowls shaped from a tree downed during tornados that ravaged Rome in 2011.
“Some of it is wood that came out of somebody’s woodpile to keep from putting it in the fireplace,” Canada said. “It doesn’t take long to turn it out but it does take a while to finish it and get it good and smooth.”
He’s also got handmade pepper mills, wine stoppers and other items.
Avis Freeman is selling vintage photographs of the historic Fairview-E.S. Brown School in Cave Spring.
“We’re trying to raise money to restore the building,” Freeman said. “We’ve acquired the property and we also have people that are going to come and get rid of the kudzu and help us put it back together.”
Mike Ragland, Lonnie Adcock and Elizabeth Wooten are among the Rome authors who have copies of their latest books available for purchase and signing.
Dereck Brady with Crawdaddy’s Food Truck has set up shop outside the civic center and said at the close of the show Saturday that he did better than he expected and was pleased with the crowd.
“Shrimp and crawfish are number the one and two sellers, the Po Boys, number one and number two,” Brady said.
LazyBeagle Fudge from Summerville also has a truck at the show with more than a half dozen varieties of fudge to sample.
Other food vendors feature barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, cupcakes and all sort of holiday-baked goods.
There is no charge to get into the art market and ample parking is free. The Last Stop Gift Shop and Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsor the arts market.