Mother’s Day Made Easy

Mother’s day is just around the corner! Stop by to pick up some gifts for the favorite woman in your life. We have some suggestions to help make picking out the perfect gift just a little bit easier!

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Thinking flowers? Our resident florists Rosetree would be happy to arrange something for you. Then pick up a handmade vase from Black Oak Art to store them in. Give her a floral necklace from Summer Ellis so she can wear her flowers, too!

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If you’re thinking accessories, you can never go wrong with a new wallet. Mothers will love Hammer and Hand’s wallets. All of their wallets are made by hand and made to last, so this will be a gift that keeps on giving. Pair a nice deep brown wallet with some gold earrings from Summer Ellis. Wallets and earrings, what more could a mother want?

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Thinking original pieces of art for your mother? We have plenty! Kim Merk-Moore creates these pieces that will make it easy to give your mother or wife “the key to your heart.” She’ll be able to hang these pieces in her home and be reminded daily of how much you care!
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Whatever gift you choose to give this mother’s day, don’t forget the card! We have several handmade cards from Kay Reinke and Kate Perry. Stop by to pick up a card to fill will with some kind words to show your mother how much you appreciate her.

Market Hours:

 Tuesday-Friday from 1:30-5:30pm

Saturdays from 10-2pm. 

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April’s First Friday Recap

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This month we welcomed new artist Marjorie Lindsay to our market. Marjorie expresses her understanding of the world around her through minimalistic depictions of landscapes.

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We also offered a deal on Leslie Medlin scarves, as this was her last First Friday with us. We have loved having the opportunity to showcase her work but are so excited to see where her talents take her in the future!

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With beautiful pieces of wood, artisan Josh Morgan crafted inspiring magnets which were for sale on the market floor. The magnets are a new addition to Morgan’s table.

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To add something special to this April event, local artist Brenna Haffey serenaded shoppers throughout the night.

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March First Friday Recap

blog1Spring Break, St. Patrick’s day, Daylight savings and Easter are just a few of the notable days you can find on your calendar for the month of March. If you were lucky, however, Anthem’s First Friday event made it’s way onto your calendar for this past month.  If not, make sure to add it to your “must-do’s” for the month of April!

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This month we had the trio NeverNative perform on the market floor. Their acoustic set list was an upbeat combination of original songs with a few covers thrown in.

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Pokey-O’s was parked outside the front door of the Praetorian, which attracted ice cream and cookie lovers alike.

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We also announced a new space available for rent on the market floor for an artisan to sell their handmade goods. If you are interested in joining our artisans in the market email us at anthemstudios@praetorian.info for an application. Join us on April 1st for our next First Friday event!

 

February First Friday Recap

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First Friday returned for the month of February, and the night brought with it a flurry of good feelings as hopeful romantics perused the shop to acoustic melodies sung by musician Rachel Grimes. The air was permeated with the sweet smell of crepes, thanks to the lovely ladies of Co-Town crepes, who were serving up a delicious blend of banana and nutella, as well as blackberry and nutella crepes.

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A new window display made its debut, with contributions from resident florist Rosetree flowers.

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Anthem also began selling their Valentine’s Brunch at this first Friday, which was a huge success. Couples gathered in the marketplace to enjoy chicken and waffles catered by Milo and a diy valentines workshop.

 

The month of February has already been a great one for Anthem and we are so excited to see what this upcoming First Friday holds in store!

 

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WHEN: MARCH 4th, 6-9 pm

WHERE: The Praetorian

601 Franklin Ave

February First Friday

It’s that time again! A new month is here and that means there’s another First Friday to mark on your calendar. Instead of worrying about your Valentine’s Day plans, enjoy a night out in your favorite city and see what all the First Friday participants have to offer.

Get to know Waco a little better and come meet some of the local businesses that make this city so unique. Lined up for this First Friday, we will be hosting musician Rachel Grimes, with refreshments provided by Co-Town Crepes and Pokey-O’s.  And as usual the market will be open into the evening hours, so stop by anytime from 6-9 to learn more about us and maybe even buy that special someone a locally handmade gift!

See you this Friday!

WHEN: FEBRUARY 5TH, 6-9 pm

WHERE: The Praetorian

601 Franklin Ave

Artisan Spotlight: Marsha Wilson

I’ve always done something creative or crafty, but this is what I love.” -Marsha Wilson

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Anthem: To start us off, just tell me a little bit about yourself; where you’re from, any hobbies you might have, etc.

Marsha Wilson: Well I have been crafting since I was old enough to remember; my mother always had some sort of crocheting, knitting, quilting going on. As soon as I was old enough to toddle after her, she would give me something to do; she taught me everything she knew. I started out with needlepoint, dabbled in cross stitching, and eventually moved to wood crafting and making small crosses. I noticed they looked a little plain and could use a little decoration, so I broke out this wood burning kit that my husband had tucked away for years and I just fell in love. So I decided to stick with it because it didn’t take up much room and I could work on it with four kids running around the house. I’ve always done something creative or crafty, but this is what I love.

A: You have kind of answered this already, but how did you come to think of the company.

MW: Sure. Like I said, I loved it and it actually sold well. I’ve ventured into several different businesses and I’ve found about 20 different ways to lose money, but this one proved to be different! This is definitely the first craft that I have gotten this far with in regards to business.

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A: What lead you to Anthem?

MW: I had been at another venue near the Praetorian and I admired your building and it’s big windows every time I drove past and always wondered what was in there, so one First Friday I decided to stop in and just knew that this is where I needed to be. I thought to myself “Alright! Yes! These are my kind of people!” and got in there as fast as I could. The atmosphere of the market was really well suited for my pieces, especially in regards to color because other places had work that was very brightly colored and my woodburnings just didn’t stand out.

A: Where do you draw inspiration from on a daily basis/ who or what inspires you?

MW: Honestly, scanning the internet. All of the pictures I have done I have found on there, until recently. I have a friend who is a photographer, so now I am starting to recreate some of his photos as well.

A: What does your day-to-day kind of look like?

MW: Ha! Well it depends on if I wake up first or if the kids do. If I get up before them then I can go burn for a while, but since I homeschool them I have to make sure their schooling is done if they get up first. But once everything is said and done for the day I can spend the evening burning, so I typically do that.

A: About how long does it take you to finish a piece?

MW: It generally takes about 20 hours total to complete pieces on average, but since everything is broken up it takes about 2 to 3 weeks to get in those 20 hours. Some things take less, and others take even more; but on average that is about how long they take!

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A: What is your favorite and least favorite part of your job?

MW: My favorite part is actually how tedious it is. I love watching images arise from the darkness; when it is just lines on the wood it looks so flat, but once the dimension is added through shading it is just amazing to watch the image pop out. The nature of the process itself actually lends to this sort of ‘coming out’ process because I start on one side and work my way across and everything just starts falling into place.

My least favorite part is probably marketing; it is just a difficult process to be your own cheerleader and promote yourself and your business. I’m currently operating on Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, and Fine Art America, so it is just a lot to keep up with.

A: So what kind of products do you offer?

MW: I have the pieces that I created from photos I either found on the internet or the ones my photographer friend gave to me. I also do custom pieces whenever people need them as long as they don’t go against some sort of belief of mine because I have young kids running around my house and it just wouldn’t be a great idea. It essentially needs to be appropriate.

A: What is the average price point for your pieces and how do you come up with that?

MW: I used to average about $10 an hour, but I have gone up. That has been a very difficult process to judge; how much my time is worth and what not. On Etsy things are still based around the $10 an hour range, or priced by the size of the piece. The pieces that I create for sale at Anthem and other gallery settings are a little higher because its a set price that has to account for profit cuts and other expenses.

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A: Where do you hope to see your business go in the future?

MW: Nationwide. The goal in my mind is for my work to be as well known as Norman Rockwell; humble, I know. I would love to have gallery openings in  major cities like New York or Los Angeles, and hey if somebody takes interest internationally that is fine by me! This art form is not very well known, but I feel like if I am really really good at this then it could be.

Thanks so much for reading! Join us for more Artisan Spotlights in the near future!

December’s First Friday Christmas Market

Christmas was in the air this past First Friday at Anthem! With warm drinks, live Christmas music, and a cozy atmosphere there was no better way to spend a chilly December night here in Waco.Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetFor this First Friday Anthem invited multiple vendors into the market to showcase and sell their handmade products. Aside from our normal, but incredible selection this market offered anything and everything from beautiful prints and stationary, to carefully curated  menswear goods, and refined wood workings.

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We broke out the Christmas decorations and gigantic tree to better get into the spirit of the holidays. With the warm glow of the Christmas tree and warm holiday drinks provided by Luna Juice Bar, Anthem was decked out in holiday cheer. Local musicians Sam Johnson and Brianna Price furthered the atmosphere by providing beautiful renditions of classic Christmas tunes throughout the night.

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Anthem will be not be participating in January’s First Friday, however we will resume our usual First Friday activities in February so keep an eye out for information in regards to that!