Reception 4-8 p.m. Oct. 4, market through Oct. 6. Esse hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun.
Arkansas artisans Bryant Phelan, Ben Dory, C.C. Mercer (@mercer_textile) and Markia Herron will have their work on display at Esse Purse Museum for its three-day Arkansas Makers Market. Esse opens the market during the monthly SoMa After Dark on Friday, Oct. 4.
Arkansas native Phelan is known in national fashion circles for his Ofaolain brand leather bags, which have been seen at New York Fashion Week. Jewelry maker Dory, artist-in-residence at UA Little Rock, will be represented at New York Jewelry Week by Gallery 2052 from Chicago. Mercer, performance artist and activist, will show her textiles. Herron, of Herron Hats, has her handmade, one-of-a-kind hats on display in conjunction with Esse’s “Hats and Pins” temporary exhibition. Herron was the subject of a feature in the Arkansas Times’ style issue.
The artists will attend the opening; the work will remain on display at Esse through Sunday, Oct. 6.