DURHAM, N.C. – Karen Casey of “Karen Casey Fused Glass Designs” is an expert when it comes to glass art.
When she’s not carefully crafting pendants or popular barrettes, she is the owner of the Artisan Market at 305 in Durham.
The retail store houses the creations of more than 40 artists, many of whom would generally rely on selling at festivals and shows.
“We thrive at being at an outdoor show because art is so much about the connection of the artist and the person that really admires it, wants to learn about it,” Casey said.
It’s taken a hit not only on their spirits, but also their bottom line.
“Instead of hundreds of items, I’m selling a handful of items over a given weekend or sometimes month,” Casey said. “It’s not the same as people being able to see it live.”
The NC Folk Festival moved its musical performances online, it moved the Makers Market online as well, something Casey says is a bright spot in amid mounting uncertainty.
“It’s so helpful and supportive to have them realize how much we need this and the generosity of them to put up an online store to support us is incredible,” she explained.
The virtual Makers Market is online through the rest of the year.